Day: February 7, 2011

Transit dist. buys Keizer land for center

A transit center in Keizer is one step closer to reality after the Keizer Urban Renewal District voted to sell $1.77 worth of land in Keizer to the transit district. The site at Lockhaven Drive NE and Keizer Station Boulevard NE is about 2.7 acres. The Salem-Keizer Transit board approved the buy in December. It would serve as a satellite transit facility for the agency, which is based in Salem. Transit officials hope to start building this year. In other business, the Keizer City Council voted what is essentially a land swap between the Keizer Urban Renewal District, the city and Northwest National LLC, the original Keizer Station developing firm. The group now seeks to build a discount grocery and other buildings at the southeast corner of Lockhaven Drive NE and Chemawa Road NE. Northwest National and the city will split escrow and closing costs. The council also passed a resolution that could settle an ongoing lawsuit filed against the city by Darryl Richardson and Shirley DeShon. The lawsuit stemmed from a situation at Sunset Park in southwest Keizer. Richardson and DeShon have lived next to the park for decades and had a key to a gate that allowed the couple to access the rear of their property through the city park. The park and their property are both along the Willamette River. In part the proposed settlement allows...

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JUST ASK! Why can’t I get Clear Internet in N. Keizer?

Ask us a question about just about anything and we’ll do our best to answer it, or find the people who can. Just Ask is a recurring Keizertimes feature. Clear Wireless, a company marketing high-speed wireless Internet, came to Keizer in 2009. But one Keizer resident living in The Vineyards subdivision – one who wants to “free myself from the clutches of mega media giant Comcast” –said the company couldn’t offer service to him. He writes: “I recently attempted to obtain Internet service from Clear. I was informed my location in Keizer is not in the service area. The representative from Clear stated a tower had been erected and is ready for use but there is some form of bureaucratic issue preventing the company from activating the tower. Why is Clear unable to activate the tower that would provide the northwest section of Keizer with service?” – Don T. Dear Don, While it took longer than anyone expected for the city of Keizer and Clearwire to agree on a right of way use agreement for its tower serving north Keizer, we’re told this has nothing to do with the government. It’s about the almighty dollar – which Clearwire could use more of these days. Keizer has two Clear towers, according to the city’s senior planner: One near Windsor Island and Chemawa roads, and another near Keizer Christian Church on...

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A new taste for Keizer

What do you do when you want to eat at a Filipino restaurant and can’t find one within 50 miles?  Simple: you create one. Joey Samonte, his wife, Tina and their partners will open the doors to their Filipino restaurant, Nipa Hut, on Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Keizer Village Center. Samonte, a former human resources manager, and his partners looked throughout the Salem and Keizer area for a restaurant location and decided on Keizer Village because Thai Lotus, Teriyaki Twn Sushi, On the Rocs and other restaurants are also in the complex.   Nipa Hut is tastefully decorated with bamboo and Fiipino artifacts. Jess Cardenas and his wife Tara are partners with the Samontes. The two couples have been friends for years.   Joey Samonte said about a year ago the four were looking for a Filipino restaurant and the only one was in Portland.  None of the parnters has restaurant experience but they all like to dine and the Samontes are native Filipinos.  Tina Samonte takes charge when she’s in the kitchen, directing the others. Filipino food has been influenced by the cuisines of China, Siam, India and, of course, Spain.  Though the Filipino population in the mid-Willamette Valley is small, Samonte says that the menu will appeal to everyone.  “It’s healthy,” he said. An average menu item will cost between $5 and $6 and include two...

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