Planning Commission asks for enhanced appearance of buildings

Applicants to return to PC on Century Drive buildings

The Sherwood Planning Commission has asked an applicant who wants to construct two new tilt-up buildings on a 9.5-acre site along Southwest Century Drive to return with a more aesthetically pleasing plan.

On Tuesday, the commission voted to continue until Jan. 14 its meeting to consider approval of a 72,000-square-foot building and a 35,000-square-foot building in an area zoned for warehousing and light industrial use.

At issue is the commission’s review criterion that requires an enhanced appearance to industrial buildings and a design that reduces the bulk appearance of those buildings from the street.

Mackenzie, a design and architectural group from Portland, wants to construct the two buildings along with a 172-space parking lot, on three parcels of land that comprise the 52-acre Sherwood Industrial Park property located on the future extension of Century Drive, off of Langer Farms Parkway. Owner of the property is Jack Steiger of Vancouver.

Two other buildings already exist in the Sherwood Industrial Park, both approved in 2008.

Dale Poppe, an architect with Mackenzie, said the buildings would be constructed with architectural reveals and a paint scheme to create a campus-industrial appearance.

However, Planning Commissioner Chairwoman Jean Simson said she wanted to take the extra time to make sure the project was done right, noting that design criteria now in place weren’t in place when the initial two buildings were constructed.

Commissioner Russell Griffin said he would like to see additional landscaping for the front of the building facing the street because of the amount of traffic the street will receive and Commissioner Lisa Walker asked about the possibility of the applicant using two different types of building materials to construct the new structures.

Traffic engineers have estimated that up to 1,031 daily trips could be made to the new buildings. During a public hearing, Sherwood resident Lori Stevens challenged the accuracy of the number of trips generated, saying those trips are different from numbers presented by Walmart representatives.

City officials said the planned Walmart store is expected to generate 8,070 trips per day.

Plans are to locate the two proposed buildings in back of (and to the west of) the second phase of Parkway Village at Sherwood. Century Drive will bisect the second phase and the first phase of the shopping center (which will contain the future Walmart superstore) before hooking up with Tualatin-Sherwood Road. Gramor Development, developers of Parkway Village, is required to build the Century Drive extension.

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