Urban renewal agency grants more time for downtown development project By TORRIE COPE email@example.com Tori Feb 14, 2018 (…) Facebook Twitter Email Josh Evarts’ logo for his proposed mixed-use, multistory development at Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian. Courtesy of Josh Evarts Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Meridian’s urban renewal agency is giving a proposed downtown development project more time to come together.The Meridian Development Corporation board voted Feb. 14 to give Josh Evarts, a downtown business and property owner, another six months to work on his plans for Main and Broadway. Evarts is proposing a mixed-use development that would include retail, office space and residential units.Evarts acquired a property at 703 N. Main St. from the urban renewal agency with an agreement to tear down the building, at the expense of MDC, and redevelop the property. The property is on the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian. Evarts was also given the option to acquire the property next door, 713 N. Main St., which is used now for the Meridian Library District’s unBound branch.Evarts has encountered some hurdles with his plan, including rising building costs, that have slowed progress, and as a result, he hasn’t met some deadlines in his agreement with MDC to demolish the building and submit plans, the board’s attorney, Todd Lakey, said.Evarts previously told the board that an original plan of phased development starting with 703 N. Main St. wasn’t penciling out financially.Evarts brought on developer Caleb Roope with The Pacific Companies to help form a new plan that incorporated more of the downtown block for redevelopment. That new, larger plan was contingent on acquiring more property, including some that is privately owned and the city-owned former city hall. That building is being used now by New Ventures Lab and has been eyed by the city as a possible site for a new courthouse.The city would have to put out a request for proposals that would be open to any interested parties, if the city decides to sell the former city hall.Evarts told the board he will take the extra time to look at both the possibility of proceeding with redevelopment of 703 and 713 N. Main St. or the entire block. He said he could still complete a successful project with just the two Main Street properties, but added he wants to make sure the block is developed the right way, because it’s an important block for downtown Meridian. More from this section Bruchi's brings cheesesteaks to Meridian Last updated: Feb. 16, 2018 Brighton to break ground on 55-and-up community Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 Meridian Crossroads shopping center under new ownership Last updated: Feb. 15, 2018 City councilwoman says changing election process would bring more candidates, level playing field Posted: Feb. 14, 2018 Cruise coming to downtown Meridian this week Posted: Feb. 14, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Tori Follow Tori Close Get email notifications on Tori daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever Tori posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow Tori Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!