Five topics to watch in 2016

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There were some unresolved issues in Keizer in 2015. As such, some of the top stories from last year are expected to still be hot topics for the new year. Another grocery store? Keizer being down to one grocery store was one of the hottest topics in 2015, as the conversion from Albertsons to Haggen didn’t quite go as planned. When the store closed in late September, it meant River Road had two vacant grocery store buildings. Speculation has been rampant about what grocery store chain might be willing to open in Keizer, which is currently only being served by the Safeway at River and Chemawa Road. A subplot is whether either of the two vacant store shells could be used, or if a new store would have to be built. Could Area C of Keizer Station end up having a store after all? Will Keizer’s growth continue? New homes are under construction currently in Keizer, with more in the works, such as the Bowden Estates subdivision. Work continues on the Bonaventure and Mountain West Investment Corporation senior living center and apartments on the expanded McLeod Lane, not to mention more apartments and a new senior living center on McGee Court at the north end of town at Hawks Pointe Apartments and behind Emerald Pointe Senior Living Community. Looking ahead, the question is will...

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