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There are projects popping up all over

Seven buildings around town are in various stages of completion


Fernhill WetlandsWETLANDS DIRT

What: Huge piles of dirt off Highway 47 near Fernhill Wetlands

Brought to you by: Washington County's water-quality utility, Clean Water Services, which trucked over 130,000 cubic yards of soil from Intel’s’ Ronler Acres project this past spring

Will become: Man-made treatment wetlands, including hills for a gravity-fed purification system, mud flats and other wetland construction. CWS will use the dirt to soften and naturalize the shape of the wetland area it has added there.

Why: Mud flats are essential for shore birds, said Jared Kinnear, water resource project manager. Along with the mud flats, CWS will plant plants native to the Tualatin watershed in hopes of drawing native birds. "When we dropped the lake level for construction, bird watchers were thrilled. Fifteen different shore birds came and some were rare." White pelicans and eagles have also been seen, Kinnear said.

Timeline: The habitat building won't start until summer of 2014. This summer has been dedicated to building a corridor entrance on the north side of the large pond, which will lead from the gravel parking lot to the healing garden. Constructed last year, the garden features two wood bridges and connects to the original trail system, which now meets American Disability Act regulations, said Kinnear. The entire 750 acres of treatment wetlands, oak savanna and wet prairie should be complete by 2017, Kinnear said.

OReilly Auto store in Forest Grove
AUTOMOTIVE DIRT

What: The unnamed cement building next to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Pacific Avenue

Brought to you by: O’Reilly Automotive

Will become: A new O’Reilly Automotive store

Why: “We are moving (our) location from Yew Street to be more visible,” said Ivan Martinez of O’Reilly Automotive. He added that being closer to AutoZone would bring healthy competition. A recent assessment of retail patterns for 13 business categories in Forest Grove found that "motor vehicles and parts dealers" suffered the highest spending leakage: more than 80 percent of the $92,266,295 spent on such items by people living within five miles of the city's center goes to businesses outside Forest Grove — leaving only $16,725,797 for city stores. Such vehicle-related businesses are typically found in clusters and "are most successful when other motor vehicle-related retailers can collectively draw customers," states a city-commissioned market analysis.

Timeline: Construction should finish in a month or so, Martinez said.

Inside of Primetime restaurantREBUILT RESTAURANT DIRT

What: The large tan building with a bright red awning on Pacific Avenue at Forest Grove's eastern edge

Brought to you by: PrimeTime Sports Bar & Restaurant

Will become: A new, 3,000 square-foot building to replace the building that burned down in 2011. PrimeTime 2.0 adds an outside patio, a new, large banquet room which will hold 120 people (instead of 30) and 30 more parking spaces (120 instead of 90).

Why: People loved the old PrimeTime, one of the city's most popular restaurants. “Hopefully it’ll fulfill everything our customers were missing from our old site,” said co-owner Greg Jansen.

Timeline: PrimeTime is so close to being done fans can almost smell the burgers. The holdup right now, Jansen said, is waiting on a hood-exhaust system for the kitchen. After that, the final touches include painting, carpeting and other, smaller. “It’s getting close, but we don’t have an exact date,” said Jansen. He predicted the business will open in the last week of July or the first week of August. “I know people have been patient with us.”

Pacific UniversityACADEMIC DIRT

What: The skeleton of a barn-like building on Sunset Drive

Brought to you by: Pacific University

Will become: A new, 40,000-square-foot facilities management building on Sunset Drive where two houses once stood.

Why: The current facilities management office rents multiple portables, a gated parking lot and a large garage, all on Cedar Street. But it will be cheaper to own than rent, said Joe Lang, Pacific's media relations director. Pacific acquired the homeowners’ properties in 2012. The new building will also provide storage space for items such as the volcano, fake palm trees and other decorations used in the annual lua’u staged by Na Haumana O Hawai‘i, the on-campus Hawai’i club. Stoller Athletic Center, where the lua’u takes place, is right next door, so it’s a much shorter trip than from Cedar Street.

Timeline: Lang expects the building to be finished in mid-September.

Wilco in CorneliusFARM STORE DIRT

What: A large, half-built structure next to Wilco in Cornelius

Brought to you by: Wilco

Will become: a two-story, 16,000 square-foot addition to the store. That will give the company more room for lawn, garden and clothing products — “the full product mix,” said Wilco spokesman Doug Hoffman.

Why: Coastal Farm and Ranch, which opened just down the road, serves the same market. "We were there first. They moved in to compete with us. we've done very well in our little store and are confident

Timeline: Hoffman expects the new Wilco to open by early 2014. At that the current store will be razed and turned into a parking lot for the bigger Wilco.

FINANCIAL DIRT

Edward Jones Financial on Pacific AvenueWhat: The cozy stone building on the corner lot of the NAPA parking lot at 2202 Pacific Ave.

Brought to you by: McMinnville Edward Jones Financial Advisor Thad Brill, owner of the lot.

Will Become: A gnome hotel? A coffee drive-through? Another dorm for Pacific University? A new Edward Jones office? The ultimate fate of the structure is apparently top secret because Edward Jones policy doesn't allow any of the parties involved to speak about the building.

Timeline: This summer will be focused on landscaping, Brill said. Finally, in six months, Brill will be able to talk about his plans. Until then, he said, nothing can be disclosed.

THERAPEUTIC DIRT

What: The old gas station in the mini-mall at 19th Avenue and Elm Street--no dirt actually involved yet

Brought to you by: Physical therapist Aaron Frye

Will become: Frye's new office

Why: Frye, who formerly occupied an office in the health clinic connected to Forest Grove Fitness, had to move when FGF closed in June. “The exposure is great,” Frye said. The biggest change for Frye in this new facility will be ownership. “Not renting from someone else, it’s independence,” he said. “I’m a local. By owning the real estate I’m continuing the investment in Forest Grove.”

Timeline: Frye and his wife, Brandi, are in the process of buying the building, which they plan to completely renovate, making it a physical therapy office. In the meantime, Frye is serving his clients in the Mountain View shopping center.




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