Developer is in discussions with retail outlets for Murray Boulevard location
by: Jaime Valdez Bulldozers move dirt on the housing component side of the 45 Central development located on the corner of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road across from the Nike World Headquarters.

The economy and job market may be constricted, but a bevy of construction activity this fall around Beaverton suggests faith in a more expansive and prosperous future.

Perhaps the most visible new project is 45 Central, across from Nike World Headquarters on the northeast corner of Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road.

Ground broke in late September for the 26-acre development previously called Murray Village. The site of a former mobile home park is being transformed into a development featuring about 360 multi- and single-family housing units, a community center, around 400,000 square feet of retail space and 80,000 square feet of hotel and office space.

The project's first phase includes five model homes and a clubhouse.

John O'Neil, vice president of Beaverton-based Metropolitan Land Group, said the initial phase is on schedule, and he expects to have residents moving in by 'late spring' 2012.

The retail and hotel components are still in the discussion phase, but he is optimistic about the possibilities based on inquiries he's received thus far.

'We have multiple interested parties,' he said. 'It's a top location, both in the city of Beaverton and also in the region, for residential and retail.'

Don Mazziotti, the city of Beaverton's community and economic development director, praised the space-saving design of the single-family homes - and amenities including a clubhouse and central commons area - as fitting with the city's sustainability goals and efforts to encourage residents to live near where they work and shop.

'I expect it to be the model for the future,' he said in August. 'It uses less material and produces the same number of spaces of a single-family home. It's close to shopping and is very walkable, which is what we believe people want.'

O'Neil and Metropolitan representatives have had ongoing discussions with corporate neighbors, including Nike across the street, as well as homeowners and small-business owners to make sure there's 'no surprises,' O'Neil said.

The largest project Metropolitan is currently working on, O'Neil said 45 Central marks a positive step toward a revitalized economy.

'What it is, is preparing for the recovery and making sure we're moving forward once the recovery takes hold,' he said. 'We're seeing signs out there. It's just slow, obviously.'

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