Caldwell City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community room of Caldwell Police Station to discuss changes in its policies for urban renewal.On the consent calendar, the council will approve the creation of the Downtown Caldwell Organization with one-year appointments of committee members Bob Carpenter, Dick Anderson, Theresa Hardin, Scott Syme, Christ Batt, Stephanie Rohrdanz, John McGee and Keri Sigman.
There will also be a discussion regarding a public hearing and potential ordinance to make city council members the board of the Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency Board, similar to what the city of Nampa has done with its urban renewal board.
Both proposals are pending before the council after downtown merchants and property owners expressed displeasure on how urban renewal funds are being spent.
The downtown organization will review previous downtown studies and see what can still be implemented to revitalize the area. Among the items that could change for the better would be to make downtown a quiet zone as trains travel through town. Next would be the demolition of the old King's and Mr. C's buildings.
A plaza has been discussed to replace the King's building. Other properties are in discussion for demolition and repurposing as a part of the urban renewal process.
Update: May 5, 2014, Caldwell City Council voter unanimously to take over the functions of the Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency. It will now go to the ordinance phase and be presented on May 19, 2014 for the ordinance to be presented and discussed.