IN THE RING: Should the city work to create a downtown district in Keizer, complete with affordable housing, office and retail space?
Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events. To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto www.keizertimes.com and click on In the Ring. This week’s question: Should the city work to create a downtown district in Keizer, complete with affordable housing, office and retail space? Kimberly Strand, owner, Willamette Valley Real Estate— Multi-use is a great idea close to where all services are. Apartments or loft space above retail and office would be great along River Road, if done properly. Our plan is to beautify the downtown—River Rd corridor and the multi-use, like recently done on Broadway St. Salem would be a nice addition to Keizer. Roy Duncan, retired state of Oregon analyst— No. I don’t remember this in the constitution and if it is wanted it should be done with private money. Phil Bay, former city councilor— I have shared my views on many occasions that I believe it is important to maintain the core of Keizer(River Road) if that you are referring to as downtown. I do not think it is good to see large retail space empty, and we should encourage business development to fill all vacant spaces, and that includes office occupancy. I do not think that the city should try to develop more affordable housing, as I believe that would over work the...Read More