By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Neighbors of a proposed big-box store in Area C of Keizer Station – that’s just east of Chemawa Road NE and south of Lockhaven Drive NE [MAP: 1] – got their first look at what developers have in mind.

The plans are not yet part of an official master plan for the area, which must go before the planning commission and then the Keizer City Council.

A meeting between the neighbors, who have organized as Keep Keizer Livable, and developers Chuck Sides and Alan Roodhouse took place Monday, Aug. 30, at the Keizer Civic Center. There developers unveiled their plan, which as expected includes some sort of large discount grocer – but developers aren’t saying who it might be.

“We have a tentative deal,” Roodhouse said. “We’re not allowed to disclose who it is because they want to make their own announcement.”

Roodhouse said the facility may be a 24-hour operation, but wouldn’t say for sure.

“We want to preserve that possibility but that doesn’t mean we’re going to do it,” Roodhouse said. He added it’s possible that the major tenant could be open within a year of the master plan’s approval.

The centerpiece is the yet-to-be-named store, which would be approximately 116,337 square feet, according to architect Jeff Benner of Benner Stange Associates of Portland. It would include an outdoor display area – what Roodhouse described as a “garden center” – anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet, Benner said.

Extension of McLeod Lane from Chemawa Road to Ridge Drive is a key portion of the project. Just south of this extension – and parallel to Chemawa Road NE – is a proposed 53,000 square foot, two story medical building.

Along the north side of McLeod between Lockhaven Drive NE and Chemawa Road NE are two four-story multi-use buildings. Developers expect the first floor to consist of retail with the upper floors devoted to housing, with underground parking for residents of the two buildings. Sides said about 60 housing units would be included, and they would either be apartments or housing units designed for seniors. The drawings presented Monday night included balconies on the apartments, but this could change, Sides said.