A new Garden City business owner is hoping to land a seat on city council.
Greta Mohr, 48, put her hat in the ring to become an elected official in Garden City earlier this month. She hopes to bring her experience running the newly-opened brewery and restaurant Twisted District Brew Co. to city leadership and make Garden City a more business-friendly place, as well as advocate for more affordable housing.
“As a local business owner who just opened our brewery here in Garden City eight months ago I really saw some opportunities to improve some of the processes we had to go through,” Mohr said. “That was a big push for me. I absolutely love Garden City. I waited until I could find a house in Garden City so I could live here and I see so many opportunities that Garden City has and being on city council would give me an opportunity to help with that.”
More help for business owners
Prior to opening up Twisted District, Mohr worked in retail management for 22 years. She got her start as a store manager of a Bed Bath & Beyond in Seattle before being transferred to Boise to run the Meridian location before she moved up to district merchandise management where she oversaw new store launches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Montana.
One of Mohr’s biggest priorities is for Garden City to create a business liaison position to guide potential business owners through the process of opening in the city. She said the permit process is lengthy and made even more complex by Garden City not having any of its own inspectors and having to rely on outside sources to get approval for permits.
“We are a mecca for breweries and wineries, we’re kind of starting to get known for that and are known for that,” Mohr said. “Maybe having someone in place like a business liaison to help guide businesses through the process will help streamline it.”
Housing, housing, housing
She is also hoping for more of an emphasis on affordable housing for residents in Garden City and options at a range of housing types. Mohr said the city should look into “sustainable housing” built out of upcycled materials like shipping containers and other products to bring costs down, especially when land costs are so high in the land-locked suburb.
Mohr said this type of new mixed-income development is important as the city’s mobile home parks that once were a refuge for the Treasure Valley’s low-income community give way to redevelopment projects.
“We have one of the most beautiful areas in the valley with the river as the backdoor the whole way through,” Mohr said. “It’s definitely more expensive in that respect, but looking at avenues to offset that so we can include the growth and continue to grow but also include the people who have lived here for many years is important.”
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