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Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency moves ahead with $2 million water project

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The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency is plowing ahead with a $2 million project to increase water flow to southeast Twin Falls.

The URA board approved spending $135,000, included in the $2 million, to move the project into its design phase. The URA hopes the new water line will help entice new businesses to move to a lot located on 3300 East Road, south of Kimberly Road. Currently, there isn’t enough water flow in the area for a 30,000 square-foot building.

“If we are going to do development that’s successful, this is probably the best land we’ve got,” board member Bob Richardson said.

Melinda Anderson, URA director, said this is a “ready-to-go site” and the additional water will help open up that part of town.

“Right now, there aren’t any other projects that are really competing for these funds,” she said.

Board member Larry Hall said making this waterline happen has been in the long-term plans for more than a year.

Anderson also gave an update on the matching fund offer for downtown facade improvements. She said there have been four completed applications for $10,000 chunks of the $80,000 pool of remaining funds from the defunct downtown Business Improvement District. So far, facade improvements have been pitched for the buildings that house Escape Salon, O’Dunken’s Draught House, Susan’s Antiques and Collectibles and the Times-News/Magicvalley.com.

Anderson said she hopes projects approved by a URA board subcommittee can get before the full board for final approval at its April meeting.

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