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Court of Appeals upholds two Beaverton annexations

One case involving Nike property is sent back for new look

The city of Beaverton scored a couple of victories Wednesday afternoon in Oregon's Court of Appeals.

The court ruled in favor of the city in a two annexation cases, upholding the City Council's forced island annexations of five parcels of about 28 acres near the Cornell Oaks Corporate Center owned by Leupold and Stevens as well as the three-story Cornell West office building owned by Bold LLC .

'It's great news that the Court of Appeals upheld our lawful island annexations and process,' said City Attorney Alan Rappleyea. 'The court found our annexations to be reasonable.'

The court rejected the Wells Real Estate Fund annexation. Wells owns about 16.2 acres of undeveloped land and five buildings immediately west of the Nike World Headquarters Campus, east of 158th Avenue and north of Jenkins Road.

'I plan to talk with the city councilors to see if they want to appeal the Wells portion of the case because I feel there is some weakness in the decision,' Rappleyea said. 'It was only one small technical detail that they disagreed with us on. They said we need to annex an entire island and not just a portion.'

The irony in the decision is not lost on Rappleyea.

'If we had annexed Nike at the same time, the Wells decision would have been upheld,' he said.