Coos Bay Village, the new development on old Central Dock north of museum property, continues to advance. Several businesses including Starbuck, Face Rock Creamery, and Spectrum opened for business in January. In February, work began on a new stoplight system on Highway 101 that will allow safe vehicular and pedestrian traffic into both CB Village and the Coos History Museum.
In the process of construction, the north parking lot of the CHM has been slightly redesigned to accommodate the new traffic pattern. Developers have moved an “island” in the parking lot a bit further north and recently paid to have it freshly landscaped. Landscape contractor Rex Miller of Agri-Tech Design (Coos Bay) and his crew members recently moved a large stump from the spoils island directly across the bay channel from the museum to the new “island”. CHM trustee Courtney Krossman provided Miller with a list of native plants used by local tribal members that will be used in the landscaping by ATD. In this way, the “island” will become another educational feature on the museum grounds.
— Steven Greif