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Salem-Keizer Transit officials said this week it may be next year before building starts on a new center in Keizer.

It took one step closer to reality after the Keizer Urban Renewal District voted last month to sell $1.77 million worth of land in Keizer to the transit district earlier this month.

Transit officials said the transaction has still not yet closed.

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.

SKT General Manager Allan Pollock said the district will “be going through a design process, which will include public involvement,” including open houses “to get feedback on the preliminary concept and incorporate any ideas the community has.”

He said grading could start this fall but starting building construciton is unlikely unless the design process moves forward quickly.

Funds to buy the land and build the center come from state and federal grants, according to Steve Dickey, the SKT director of transportation development. The transit center is one piece of developing the site that has come to be known as Area B of Keizer Station – south of the homes in the Gubser neighborhood, east of McLeod Lane NE and north of Lockhaven Drive NE. A medical facility is proposed for the site’s west side.