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Beaverton school bus depot appeal lands in state review board

Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals is set to hear an appeal on the expansion of a Beaverton School District bus depot today (Thursday, Jan. 24) in Salem.

Henry Kane, a retired attorney and civic activist, and Hal Oien, a Five Oaks/Triple Creek neighborhood leader, are appealing a decision by the Beaverton Board of Design Review, which allowed for the expansion and renovation of a school bus facility on 167th Place, just off of Cornell Road.

Bud Moore, deputy superintendent for operations and support services, said he expects a decision on the LUBA appeal in the upcoming weeks.

Beaverton city staff originally approved a site plan to construct a storage area and expand a parking area at the 167th site with plans to store as many as 180 school buses on the property. Currently, 45 buses operate out of that facility.

Kane appealed city staff approval to the Board of Design Review, which in turn denied his appeal.

Moore said even if LUBA sided in favor of the district, the district still needed to finalize architectural design plans and the appropriate financing as well as going through land-use procedures. That would mean the 167th Place expansion likely wouldn't be up and running until Fall 2010.

Meanwhile, the Beaverton School Board last week approved consolidating a financial plan for the potential purchase of property adjacent to another district school bus facility at Fifth Street and Western Avenue. That consolidation plan also includes providing some revenue to expand the 167th site.

District officials say those expenditures would be less than $28.5 million.

Moore said the district is looking at purchasing 7.6 acres of land.

If that purchase is successful, the district most likely would get rid of its other bus facility located on Allen Boulevard, he said.