Consultant aims to fast-track sale of 8 properties

LINCOLN CITY — A consultant hired to help sell eight city-owned properties painted a rosy picture this week of economic progress and affordable housing if town elders are willing to bend the rules for developers who have already lined up. John Southgate, a redevelopment expert who has put together deals between cities and developers from Portland, Ore., to Baton Rouge, La., told city councilors Monday that he could sell the eight parcels by March 2018, with construction of new business and housing projects to begin the following year.

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