Day: March 19, 2010

Latest KURB project will be the last for a while

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes New sidewalks and a parking lot reconfiguration for Town and Country Lanes garnered a funding recommendation from the Keizer Urban Renewal Board. [MAP: 1] However, the board stopped short of fully funding what it deemed to be improvements to the building’s façade. Typically the program has only funded 100 percent of changes made within the city’s right-of-way near River Road. Instead the board recommended funding 50 percent of these additions. The proposal calls for, among other items, installing a meandering sidewalk and a small outdoor sitting area for customers of either the Herb Garden Café or Java Crew, the small drive-through coffee shop in the bowling alley’s parking lot. It would also redesign the facility’s parking lot, provide a raingarden for stormwater mitigation and a small footbridge along the River Road pedestrian corridor. “These improvements can help but improve the look of south Keizer as you’re coming in,” said Mardi Smith, promotions director for Town and Country Lanes. Board members also learned the project would likely be the last they’ll fund in this fiscal year, as they were informed a land purchase approved Monday by the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency used up the remaining River Road Renaissance (RRR) funding for the year. Community Development Director Nate Brown said this expenditure would be the last they’d be able to make until property tax revenues...

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Council says parks can rock and roll all night … until 9 p.m.

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Amplified music must cease by 9 p.m. thanks to new parks regulations passed Monday by the Keizer City Council. The Council voted Monday, March 15, to enact the new restrictions and also reduced the amount of advance time needed to secure an event permit. Recommendations came from the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre Task Force, according to a memorandum from City Attorney Shannon Johnson. Depending on the type of event, the city must now get either 30 days or 60 days notice – this was changed from as much as 180 days advance notice. Councilor Cathy Clark, who chaired the task force, said her group wanted to “make it clear when the sound was going to be turned on and when it was going to be turned off. Part of the problem last year was people didn’t know when it was going to stop.” Exceptions could be granted for events like movie nights, she added. In other business, the Council: • Authorized temporary signage for the Keizer Farmers Market; • Amended the Keizer Development Code governing floodplain development. • Authorized Classic Homes Inc. to perform remodeling of the Keizer Little League concession stands. Repairs were needed due to a burst pipe in December. While the total project cost is $46,489, all but $1,000 is covered by the city’s insurance...

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Developer says big box plan may be near

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A developer of Keizer Station’s Area C said last week he expects to submit a master plan for the area “within the next few weeks.” The area in question is bordered by Chemawa Road to the west, a set of railroad tracks to the east and Lockhaven Drive at the north. It was also the center of heated debate in 2007 and into early 2008, as developers successfully pushed through a text amendment allowing a big-box store up to 135,000 square feet to locate there, provided there was a specified amount of mixed-use development. And Alan Roodhouse of RPS Development said his proposal will include mixed use as well as a large retail tenant, although he declined to name the companies he’s in negotiations with. “We’re negotiating with somebody,” Roodhouse said. “I’m not allowed to say who they are, but I think people will have a pretty good idea.” In the past developers have acknowledged ongoing talks with companies like Winco and Wal-Mart. Roodhouse confirmed the company he’s talking with at the moment was a “discount retailer” but didn’t elaborate further. The proposal will include a building larger than 80,000 square feet, but at least somewhat less than 135,000 square feet, making it big enough to require a corresponding amount of mixed-use development. Under the deal reached by the developers and the Keizer...

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City, volunteers work to improve creek shoreline

The city and a group of volunteers are restoring native plants along the Claggett Creek shoreline at Ben Miller Park. The goal is to reduce erosion and keep silt and dirt out of area waterways. Elizabeth Sagmiller, the city’s environmental program coordinator, said that part of Claggett Creek “has steep, eroded banks and poor water quality. … Allowing plants to crowd the site will mimic more of a natural condition found in undisturbed areas outside the city.” Last summer, volunteers and crews removed some 20 cubic yards of trash, debris and invasive plants. In February, city staff along with the Claggett Creek Watershed Council and Keizer Rotary Pioneers members installed some 200 native plants, adding weed mats to block weed growth. Highway Fuel donated compost. About 350 more plants will be put in by the end of April, Sagmiller said. Ultimately the goal is to block most access to the creek in that area. “The outcome of this effort will be a stretch of riparian corridor that is occupied by a variety of native plants, which will filter impacted water and create shade and habitat for wildlife,” Sagmiller said. The project is a requirement of the city’s Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan for the Willamette...

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Live chat with Rep. Thatcher March 25

Got questions about the 2010 Oregon legislative session or upcoming ballot measures? Or just want to vent? Here’s your chance to engage your local state representiative from the comfort of your home or office. Join a live chat with Rep. Kim Thatcher, R – Keizer, at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at Keizertimes.com. The chat will be listed under the “Up to the Minute”...

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