Of the Keizertimes

More apartments have been added to the mix in a formal plan for Keizer Station’s Area C, anchored by a 116,000 retail store. [MAP: 1]

The full plan was submitted to the city of Keizer early this week. It will be considered by the Planning Commission in January, who will forward a recommendation to the Keizer City Council.

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.

A 3.47 acre portion just south of the planned medical facility would be set aside for multi-family residential, plans indicate, with three three-story buildings totaling 73 units.

The big-box store would include a 6,800 square foot “garden center” along with a drive-through window on the east side of the building. This building would be located east of Chemawa Road NE.

Nearby would be a total of five other buildings – two office, two retail and one designated “pad” in the plans. Developers indicated earlier this year the “pad” site could be home to a restaurant.

Along the north side of McLeod between Lockhaven Drive NE and Chemawa Road NE are two five-story multi-use buildings along with a retail building of about 8,750 square feet. The plan indicates “a combination of different uses on different floors” that could include up to 60 combined residential units.

Traffic recommendations include:

• A five-lane section of Chemawa Road – two northbound and southbound through lanes – to include a center left turn lane. The widened portion would go from Lockhaven Drive to about 400 feet south of the McLeod Lane intersection.

• A raised median on Chemawa between Lockhaven and McLeod.

• A traffic signal at Chemawa Road and McLeod Lane.

• Widen McLeod to three lanes between Lockhaven Drive to Chemawa Road, and extend McLeod from Chemawa Road to Ridge Drive.