Planning Commission presents 2004 Awards

Sean C. Morgan

The Sweet Home Planning Commission presented its annual Quality Development Awards on Monday night.

The Planning Commission presented seven awards. They included the following:

– Sweet Home High School redevelopment. Community Development Award.

The Planning Commission liked “the fact that the School District committed to redevelop the high school and make it a good community facility that will serve the community for a long time,” Community Development Director Carol Lewis said. “It’s a big commitment to rebuild versus just patching the building up.”

–Alice Grovem. Good Neighbor Award.

“She just puts an incredible amount of energy into making this a beautiful community to live in,” Lewis said. She makes sure flowers and beautification issues are addressed.

Grovom has spearheaded the Beautification Committee’s efforts throughout town and especially the development of the Main Street median strip.

— Sweet Home Rotary Club. 2004 Community Spirit Award.

The award was given for the Rotary Club’s commitment to put in courtyard in a public place where students or even the general public can enjoy the atmosphere, Lewis said.

— Corky and Vern Lowen. Good Neighbor Award – Certificate of Appreciation.

The Lowens continue to maintain the veterans memorial in front of Hoy’s Hardware, keeping it a happy, beautiful place, Lewis said, and the Planning Commission wanted to show its appreciation to them.

–John Sandberg. Good Neighbor Award.

The award is in recognition of Sandberg’s leadership on Shea Point improvements, the soon-to-be-completed restrooms.

“He should have gotten a persistence award,” Lewis said. “They’ve been talking about it since I went to work here 10 years ago.

“We used to see that kind of persistence with Keith Gabriel and John Slauson to get a job done. Sandberg kept the focus on it and provided the leadership to get it done.”

— David Aronson. Quality Development Award.

Aronson received the award for the mixed use commercial and residential building located at 925 Long St.

“It was a very hard piece of property to develop,” Lewis said. He developed it ahead of stricter regulations that changed protected riparian areas from 25 feet to 50 feet on the narrow property. The project also is located in a flood plain, and it is mixed use, which makes it complicated to do it well. It includes six residences and two commercial units.

“I think it came out very well,” Lewis said. “He worked hard to create that downtown mixed use, keeping our downtown alive and active.”

— Christian and Samantha Kim, Sam’s City. 2004 Quality Development Award of Excellence.

The Planning Commission worked with the Kims in the previous year to start a restaurant, Lewis said. “They’ve created a different restaurant that has a different atmosphere.”

The Kims took an older structure and fixed it up,” Lewis said. “The atmosphere he created is really unique. They (the Planning Commission) just really appreciated the atmosphere and good food.”