Harbor eyes walkways, new center

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate September 07, 2012 07:59 pm

Agenda also includes update on boat basin

The next steps for two proposed construction projects at the Crescent City Harbor will be discussed during tonight’s meeting of the Harbor Commission at 6:30 p.m. in the harbor district office.

The projects are the Northcoast Interagency Visitor Center that would be built on harbor grounds and the harbor’s promenade and California Coastal Trail project.

Fourteen separate tourism-related agencies have  expressed interest in having stakes in a visitor center that would be built on a grassy strip of harbor land adjacent to U.S. Highway 101. Redwood National Parks has committed to staffing and maintaining the facility once it’s built.

In May, the California Wildlife Conservation Board awarded the harbor a $283,500 grant for visitor center planning that will fund the creation of a site schematic design, preliminary construction plans (30 percent of complete plans), and theme and design exhibits. The 30 percent plans will be sufficient for the harbor district to complete an environmental review to comply with state regulations and to apply for a Coastal Development Permit.

During tonight’s meeting, commissioners will consider contracting with a local consulting agency, Conservation Solutions, to facilitate and coordinate services related to using the grant.

The Harbor Commission will also consider the adoption of the “initial study and mitigated negative declaration” for the harbor’s promenade and Coastal Trail project, which is being promoted as a way to  improve access and aesthetics in the harbor.

The waterfront promenade part of the project would consist of a 12-foot-wide concrete walkway surrounding the inner boat basin, on Citizens Dock Road and along Anchor Way.

The proposed section of the Coastal Trail would be a 14-foot wide asphalt path connecting Sunset Circle on the north end and Anchor Way on the south end.  Currently, Crescent City’s section of the Coastal Trail ends shortly after crossing Elk Creek and cyclists and pedestrians are forced to the U.S. Highway 101 sidewalk to get to the harbor.  The harbor’s proposed Coastal Trail section would keep users from the highway by following a path that goes along the dredge ponds just north of the harbor.

The commission will also hear an update on the status of the inner boat basin reconstruction project, which is under way.

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