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Festival street design on Hermiston city council agenda

Monday’s city council meeting will include a public hearing for a neighborhood commercial overlay zone allowing multi-family dwellings on the corner of Highland Avenue and Southwest 11th Street.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on April 21, 2017 6:00PM

This concept image shows the proposed Hermiston festival street improvement project.

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This concept image shows the proposed Hermiston festival street improvement project.

The Hermiston Urban Renewal District’s first big project is on the agenda for Monday’s city council meeting.

The council will be asked to approve final designs for the proposed festival street on Northeast Second Street next to city hall.

The first phase of the project, which is estimated to cost about $991,239, will raise the street to the level of the sidewalk, creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment, and will also include brick work, landscaping, benches, ornamental lighting and other decorative features. Removable posts will allow the street to be closed to vehicle traffic during events.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in early 2018. Later phases will create a plaza with a large fountain and splash pad across from city hall and extend the festival street down to the soon-to-be-built Harkenrider Center.

The project will be discussed during a work session at 6 p.m., before the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Monday’s agenda will also include a public hearing on a request by Eastern Oregon Development, LLC to create a neighborhood commercial overlay zone on 8.24 acres of land on the northwest side of Highland Avenue and Southwest 11th Street. The proposed zone would keep existing uses but add mini-storage and multi-family dwellings as conditional uses.

Another planning commission item on the agenda for Monday is a request for the council to direct staff to begin researching and drafting residential code amendments to promote more residential development in Hermiston. Promoting construction of more housing was a top priority that the city council named during a January goal-setting session.

A presentation by chaplain Terry Cummings will recognize National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week May 14-20, and the council will also consider two amendments to the lease between the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center and the Umatilla County Fair, bringing the indemnification language in line with what is used for public entities and allowing the fair to terminate the lease if the county does not allocate funds to pay for it.

The council will also consider a bid from General Pacific, Inc. to supply new remote-read “smart” water meters to the city.

The full agenda packet can be found online at


Contact Jade McDowell at or 541-564-4536.


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