Busy City; Bus Drivers Needed; Free Bowling Event

Busy City

The City of Florence is actively engaged in multiple projects across the city.  From the revision Florence project to Miller Park and the organization of committees to work on future developments including the property across from the Florence Events Center and the newly acquired property north of town on the Spruce Street extension.  Mayor Joe Henry said that with the new codes the city is proposing the 7.6 acre parcel could almost double the amount of previously allowed housing units.

“In the Past it has been plotted to have 35 units but under the new codes possibly 60 units could go in there.”

The City of Florence is also looking at the possibility of adding incentives to the property across from the FEC, hoping to allure a developer to construct a hotel that would potentially work with the city for events and compliment the activities at the FEC.  City manager Erin Reynolds says the city continues to be very focused on housing, including workforce housing too.

“We’re pretty flexible in where we allow housing, housing is allowed in most of our commercial areas, our main street, old town areas that’s something that not every community has at its fingertips.”

Mayor Henry also said they are looking forward to the completion of the ReVision Florence project which should wrap un in the next several weeks.

Bus Drivers Needed

The Friends of Florence has announced that it is seeking new drivers to transport cancer patients to and from Eugene.  The free bus service operates weekly to take patients that are receiving radiation treatment.  The 160 mile round trip is operated entirely by volunteers and has been active for 33 years.  The 14 passenger vehicle is about the size of a small rv according to COO Bart Mealer.  Mealer says a commercial drivers license is not required to operate the bus.  Individuals interested in participating can contact the Friends of Florence at 541-997-8663.

Free Bowling Event

A fun free event for families, sponsored by the Pregnancy and Parenting Center of Florence has been announced.  The organization, with funds provided by sponsors, have donate a day of bowling and other activities including a bounce house at Holiday Bowl in Florence.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 from 9am to 1pm.  Chairman of the board of the pregnancy and parenting center, Joe Crenshaw, says you just need to show up.

“You don’t have to bring any money, there’s nothing to spend its all free, we’ll take turns bowling and bounce house, face painting and other activities.”

Crenshaw says parents and children are all welcome to participate in the event.