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Council's Wal-Mart hearings begin tonight

A decision on controversial project could be made by August

Beaverton's City Council will hear the first of two nights of testimony tonight on the controversial Cedar Mill Wal-Mart project.

The council's hearings begin at 6:30 tonight and Tuesday night in City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive.

The focus of the hearings is an appeal by the citizens' group Save Cedar Mill of a June 1 Board of Design Review approval for the project to build a 152,308-square-foot Wal-Mart store at the busy intersection of Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and Barnes Road.

Developer PacLand of Milwaukie proposed in February 2005 the project called Town Square Too. The project includes the Wal-Mart store and two other retail and commercial buildings.

Beaverton planners have recommended that the City Council uphold the Board of Design Review's decision on the issue and deny the appeal by the anti-Wal-Mart citizens group Save Cedar Mill.

The hearings could go for several hours each night. If the council decides to leave the record open, a decision on the issue might not be reached until the first or second week in August.