The Projects Keep Coming
Some of the Independence Landing projects, like the new Independence Hotel, have been completed. Others are still under construction, including new apartments and town homes adjacent to the Willamette River.
After purchasing the property, the city announced their plans. The site, now christened Independence Landing, would include more than 100 apartments and townhomes, as well as a 75-room boutique hotel. The riverfront itself would be developed to extend the walkway that borders the adjacent Riverview Park and amphitheater.
By the time construction was underway, Oregon Lottery dollars had helped prep the site—foundational work like removing asbestos and building streets and utilities. Additional grants were awarded to help develop the riverfront facilities. Over $4 million in lottery funds have been provided in bonds and grants through Business Oregon to help with development and construction—not to mention another $415,000 lottery grant through Oregon Parks & Recreation to develop the scenic riverfront park portion of the project.
In addition to providing much needed additional housing, the project will pay off in other ways. Once development is finished, it’s predicted that it will spur between $3.5 million and $4 million worth of visitor spending each year, along with $2.5 million in yearly spending by residents. It’s also expected to create between 40 and 65 construction jobs a year, along with as many as 30 jobs at the hotel—a big project that, thanks in part to lottery dollars, is truly a win-win for Independence residents, present and future.
Willamette Scenic Bikeway
Established in 2010, the Willamette Scenic Bikeway is a 134-mile, moderate bike route that takes riders down the Willamette Valley between Champoeg State Park and Eugene’s Armitage County Park. Although the route technically follows in the opposite bank of the Willamette River, many riders cross the bridge to Independence for a tasty lunch or a winery tour, or even for an overnight stay at one of the city’s hotels or at the Biker/Boater Campground. Either way, bikers can ride a bit further south to the Buena Vista ferry—a great way to re-cross the river and return to the bikeway after bidding farewell to Independence.
Willamette River Water Trail
This 217-mile water route descends from the Willamette River headwaters in the Cascade and Coast Ranges to the confluence of the Columbia River near Portland. Distinguished as one of only 20 National Water Trails in the U.S., the Willamette River Water Trail treats paddlers to views of forests and parks, farms and cities. A stop in Independence is an opportunity for a picnic lunch or an overnight stay. Lucky travelers may even get a view of Independence’s resident ospreys wheeling on air currents overhead as they paddle downstream.
Education gets a Boost in the St Paul School District
In 2019 over $83,000 in Lottery funds helped the St. Paul School District with needed school projects, infrastructure and supplies.
Increased Services for Deschutes County Veterans
In 2019 the Deschutes County Veterans Services Office received over $164,000 in Lottery funding to increase office hours and advertising to get more veterans to use their services. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
Brookings Veterans Services Increased with Additional Oregon Lottery Revenue
The Curry County Veterans Services Office received over $88,000 in Lottery funding to increase office hours and advertising to get more veterans to use their services. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
Prineville Veterans Receiving More Services Thanks to Oregon Lottery Funding
In 2019 the Crook County Veterans Services Office received over $86,000 in Lottery backing to increase office hours and advertising to get more veterans to use their services. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
Shuttle for Veterans Funded with Oregon Lottery Dollars
The Coos County Area Transit Service is making the rubber meet the road when it comes to veterans services. In 2019, the transit district put nearly $131,000 of Oregon Lottery proceeds into bus service to the Rosburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Now those veterans who don’t have transportation, can take a shuttle.
Southwestern Oregon Community College Taps Oregon Lottery Funds to Help Veterans
In 2019, Southwestern Community College put over $54,000 of Oregon Lottery funds to work, tapping the funds for programs at the Veterans Resource Center on campus. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
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