Area C proponents kept meeting with neighbors

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Before meeting with Keizer City Councilors last week, proponents of new development in Keizer Station’s Area C continued to meet with neighbors. One example took place at the Jan. 15 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting, as Brian Moore from Mountain West Investment Corporation talked about his company’s plans for 180 apartment units and Ben Settecase from Bonaventure Senior Housing talked about his company’s plans for a 154-unit retirement center. Company representatives had previously met with neighbors in a group setting back in October. They also met with some neighbors such as Kevin Hohnbaum individually, as well as city staff members such as director of Community Development Nate Brown, who was also at the GGNA meeting. Moore, director of Real Estate Development for Mountain West, noted he had been brought up to speed on the controversial history of Area C proposals. “There have been uses people were not excited about in the past, like Walmart,” he said. “This is not Walmart. Walmart is not involved at all. We’re developing the residential portion of it. The prior approval was settled by people like Kevin. We had helpful conversations with him. That approval we’re seeking to change as little as possible. It was a product of a lot of discussions and public process. We seek to honor as many of those commitments as possible.” While noting...

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