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Eyesores, empty spaces in Newport will soon make way for progress

Posted: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012

A trio of backhoes from WW Construction dug trenches 18 feet deep on NE 3rd St. near Avery St. to replace and move sewer lines that failed, a $335,000 job. Big Guy’s Diner was a hub of early-morning activity for many years, but it now sits abandoned and awaiting demolition and the construction of a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store at the NW Hwy 101 setting.Jamey Buck of Buck’s Landscaping puts the finishing touches on bushes and trees at the site of Umpqua Bank’s future building. A fire destroyed the branch structure last March, but the bank insists on keeping the landscaping pristine, said Buck. Plans for the new building are expected to be ready by Feb. 1, 2013. (Photos by Rick Beasley)

NEWPORT - Say goodbye to Big Guy’s Diner and the nose-wrinkling aroma of sewage along the Big Creek Trail.

They are among the eyesores and empty spaces that will disappear here in coming months as private developers and municipal contractors rush to replace brush-strewn vacant lots, abandoned buildings and failing infrastructure with new construction that will make Newport easier on the senses.

For the complete article see the 12-07-2012 issue.

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