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Plan for Area B, including transit center and doctor offices, gets Council nod

Keizer City Council
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Of the Keizertimes

A master plan for Keizer Station’s Area B was approved unanimously at Monday’s City Council meeting, clearing the way for a doctor’s office and transit center to develop there.

The plan includes five buildings– three on the west side of Keizer Station Boulevard and two, including a Salem-Keizer Transit center, on the east side. A physician’s office is planned at the northeast intersection of Lockhaven Drive and McLeod Lane. [MAP: 3]

Steve Dickey, director of transportation development for Salem-Keizer Transit, said his agency is working out final details to purchase the land for the center from the city of Keizer.

Dickey said final design workshops – open to the public – will be held during fall and winter, with construction hopefully beginning in 2011. He hopes it will be complete by the end of next year.

Road upgrades will include adding a traffic signal just north of the Keizer Station/Lockhaven Drive intersection. A reconfiguration of said intersection is also in the plans.

The city owns most of the property; a sale contract with RJMEW Investments, LLC was contingent on the Area B master plan’s approval, Brown said. The contract calls for selling 1.8 acres of land for $1.4 million.

The city will own most of the remaining property, with the exception of a small parcel controlled by Keizer Station developer Chuck Sides, but isn’t constructing spec buildings to attract tenants, Brown said.

“Basically now the city has a master plan that someone who wants to develop the property will have to comply with the conditions” set forth in the master plan, Brown said.

One outstanding issue is which line item will pay for a small park-like area in at the north of the development. It’s designed for on-site stormwater mitigation and will feature plants and soils conducive to absorbing water; however, the small seating area means it could be designated a park. Parks board members had complained of the impact to its budget; Councilor Richard Walsh requested that staff consider paying for its maintenance outside of the general fund, which he described as “our most constrained fund.”

In other business:
• Vickie Hilgemann, chair of the Keizer Parks Foundation and a coordinator in the Wild Wild Rec program, reported total attendance over the summer at about 275. The program put a Boys and Girls Club supervisor at local parks three days a week with outdoor recreation equipment.

Attendance was highest at Bob Newton Family Park and lowest at Willamette Manor Park, Hilgemann reported.

• Councilors heard testimony from Josh Ambrose, owner of Aces Up Poker Club in Dallas. Club owners want to expand, possibly into Keizer, but Ambrose said the city’s social gaming ordinance only extends to non-profits.

Walsh said he had spoken with Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild and surrounding businesses who had no problem with the club, and added it didn’t serve alcohol.

Keizer Police Chief Marc Adams said he would look into the issue.