Relocating the downtown railroad switch yard hasn't been on the fast track by any means. But tomorrow city officials are going to be signing a document that they call a significant milestone in getting the tracks finally moved.
Efforts to relocate the downtown switch yard are moving forward. Tomorrow the city will hold a "signing ceremony" that will mark the end of a seven year environmental assessment of the area.
For years, the city has been taking public comments and looking for the best alternatives to moving the tracks out of downtown to an area along Rice Street near Great Bear.
Tomorrow the project team is ready to share the results of that assessment that finds there's no significant impact to the environment.
The move will free up about ten additional acres of development land and city planners say that could open the door for new lofts, condos, retail stores and more. However, it'll be two or three years before those new developments can begin.
The city has been eyeing this property for over 20 years and now with tomorrow's ceremony, it can begin negotiating a purchase price with the rail companies for land.
Tomorrow's signing ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m., in the City Hall Commission Room