Day: April 18, 2011

Council formally approves large store, likely Walmart

A large discount grocery, likely to be Walmart, is one step closer after the Keizer City Council formally adopted a master plan including it. In addition to the 116,000 square foot store, buildings slated for the site at the southeast corner of Lockhaven Drive NE and Chemawa Road NE include a medical tower and a mixed use building housing both retail and office. Leaders from Keep Keizer Livable, a neighborhood organization organized to fight the plan, said they expect to file an appeal. Councilors also voted to initiate a text amendment process that would allow chickens in non-agricultural areas of the city. More in Friday’s...

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Good Vibrations motorcycle rally will have expanded role in Keizer

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer will be the epicenter of a four-day motorcycle rally in July. The Good Vibrations rally returns to the Salem-Keizer area July 14-17, but after serving as the sidecar in 2010, some of this year’s biggest events will be right here in Keizer. Organizers are expecting hundreds of motorcyclists for the three-day event. Keizer Station will host the Good Vibrations Vendor Village, with live music filling the air, food and drink filling stomachs and all kinds of goodies on sale. LivFast Freestyle Motocross Shows are also on the lineup, where trained stunt cyclists jumped 40 to 50 feet in the air, often doing flips, before executing split-second landings. Featured events in the Iris Capital include a concert and fireworks at Volcanoes Stadium, along with a motorcycle parade and poker run. Organizers hope to set a new Guinness World Record. Keizer Renaissance Inn will be the host hotel, and activities are tentatively set all over the mid-Willamette Valley, including Town and Country Lanes, the Keizer Civic Center, Salem, Independence, Silverton, Dallas, Woodburn, McMinnville and at a host of local wineries. “This year, (Keizer) has the kickoff party, two concerts, Vendor Village, the parade, and Town and Country Bowl has joined us for an event this year,” said Sherrie Gottfried, sales manager at the hotel. Gottfried said the event pumped an estimated $500,000 into the...

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Back taxes to be paid in land sales, developer says

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A former Keizer Station co-developer said this week there’s plans in place to pay more than $130,000 in delinquent property taxes within Keizer. Chuck Sides, who is a co-developer on the Keizer Station Area C project, said much of the owed back taxes are due to circumstances beyond his control, adding “it’s all about predictability and probability.” And he said the plan is to pay off back taxes when development deals are signed and property changes hands. “When you have developments going you basically have scheduled payoff dates,” said Chuck Sides, the developer in question. “And when they don’t happen then you have to get other scheduled payoff dates. And bottom line is it’s just what developers do. … Everything gets paid off when we have closing.” Two companies with Sides as a member are second and third on a list Marion County provided of the highest delinquent tax amounts owing within Keizer. And multiple companies – all with Sides as a partner in the business – owe Marion County a combined total $186,316 on properties in Salem, Keizer and Mill City. The oldest of the back taxes date back to the 2008 tax year. None of the numbers used in this story include taxes due from 2010, the most recent tax year. Interest is added on April 15, which came after the...

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