The City of Keizer’s urban renewal agency is looking to sell about two acres of land in Area B of Keizer Station, identified in yellow above. (Graphic by Andy Jackson)

City could sell land for office-type building

By JASON COX

Of the Keizertimes

A local government agency is proposing selling some Keizer Station land to a private firm, and signs point to a medical facility being the most likely occupier.

A public hearing will be held April 5 before the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency, which consists of the mayor and city council. The proposal calls for selling roughly two acres of land to a firm called RJMEW Development, LLC. The Oregon-based corporation is registered to Caleb Williams, an attorney in Salem. Williams declined to comment.

The land in question is at the corner of McLeod Drive and Lockhaven Drive. [MAP: 1] The proposed sale price is $1.4 million.

Mum seems to be the word on who the ultimate tenant is. But a prior statement by Mayor Lore Christopher leaves a telling clue.

At the Oct. 15, 2009 meeting of the Gubser Neighborhood Association, meeting notes indicate Christopher said Salem Radiology would likely occupy the land in question.

But neither officials from the city or Salem Radiology would confirm this.

Salem Radiology Executive Director R.A. Neitzel declined comment, saying any story was “premature.”

When reached Tuesday, Christopher simply said she “would love to have them there, and we’re trying to work out the details,” noting the jobs created would be a high-wage type of employment.

City Manager Chris Eppley declined to get into details, but noted the most likely occupier would build an office-type building that would not generate particularly high traffic.

He said the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency owns about a third of the land, and the city’s street fund owns about two-thirds. Revenue from any land sale would be split accordingly, Eppley said. It would most likely require a side street off of Keizer Station Boulevard, he added.

“We’re excited about the transaction,” Eppley said. “We’re excited about the business associated with any future development of that site. We’re excited about new jobs coming to Keizer that would be directly associated with this sale and its consequential development.

“These are all good things. These are the kind of things you really hope urban renewal does.”