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Council agrees to move forward on Plaza four-plex

Humboldt real estate developer Kevin Skow (right) presented information about a proposed four-plex building downtown that could provide office/retail space and/or individual housing. The council plans to set a public hearing about the matter in Decem-ber. Humboldt Independent photo.

The debate about the future development of Downtown Plaza area, 611-615 Sumner Ave. was continued at Monday night’s Humboldt City Council meeting.
The council heard from Kevin Skow, local real estate developer. Skow would like to construct a four-plex apartment-style building behind where the newly developed plaza area is located.
“This would be (to the north) of where the sidewalk curves. The sidewalk and landscaping work that has been done so far would be unaltered,” Skow said.
“There is a big shortage of rental units in the city, especially at the high-end. The plan is to have either four single-story apartment units, or two office building spaces (towards Sumner Avenue) with two apartments in the back. There would be four garages, 12-foot by 24-foot (abutting the alley),” Skow said.
He said the building complex would be 856 square feet in size.
While some downtown business owner/managers spoke in favor of the project, Jim Crabtree, owner of V&S Variety, across the street from the Plaza, wondered why the city didn't build a spec building for retail space in the current Plaza area.
Humboldt Mayor Walter Jensen responded that the it would be have been cost prohibitive, and noted that there is already plenty of available retail space for rent in downtown Humboldt.
After some discussion, the council agreed they were in favor of exploring the sale of the property and allowing Skow to move forward with plans.
The council is expected to set a public hearing on the matter at its next meeting, Monday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m., in the Humboldt City Hall Council chambers.