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City moves forward with CalPortland transfer

Government — Along with monetary transfer, land on Third Street will be traded for Wynooski Street land

The city of Newberg has authorized the purchase of property on West Third Street in order to expand its public works maintenance yard, a move that has been a year in the making.

Initially planning to ask for an easement from its next door neighbor, the public works department eventually expressed interest in purchasing the property that was home to a defunct concrete factory owned by Glacier Northwest, which operates as CalPortland.GARY ALLEN - Land swap - CalPortland's concrete plant on West Third Street will move out to property on Wynooski Road, while the city's public works maintenance yard will expand onto the Third Street property. The deal came about after about a year of city planning spearheaded by Jay Harris, public works director.

“They were closing down their (Tualatin) plant and wondering if they were going to invest on Third Street or build a new plant somewhere in the region,” Public Works Director Jay Harris said.

Harris saw an opportunity to both expand the public works maintenance yard into a conveniently located site and at the same time relocate CalPortland’s concrete yard into a more appropriate part of the city.

“That’s when I mentioned we have an industrial area property and that their use is probably better suited for an industrial area,” he said.

In exchange for CalPortland’s current site the city will trade a piece of property at 2716 N.W. Wynooski Road to CalPortland. Because that parcel is about 0.6 acres smaller than the Third Street property, and also because the CalPortland facility has some paving and building improvements, the city will also pay $473,615 as part of the transaction.

Public works purchased the Wynooski Road property, which has a house on it, in 2013 with the idea that it would eventually be the site of a water treatment plant. With the existing water treatment plant sited on the bank of the Willamette River, where it has already had multiple incidents slipping down the bank, the city is planning to complete a new facility by 2028 at another location.

So, with the sale of the Wynooski Road property the future water plant will be relocated, possibly to some property on Sandoz Road that is adjacent to the Newberg Animal Shelter, where the maintenance yard was previously considered for an expansion.

“It’s better for us to incrementally improve the existing maintenance yard than to build (a new one) on Sandoz Road,” Harris said. Building the water plant on that property would mean it would be adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant, another benefit to the site.

Those plans are several years down the line, though, and for now Harris said the CalPortland transaction will be beneficial for the city and the company alike.

“It gets a heavy industrial user away from residential properties and out to the heavy industrial zone,” he said.


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