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Proposed re-alignment of Seneca Street would cut through current building

The Tualatin City Council will meet to discuss a possible council building relocation.

When CenterCal Properties filed pre-application materials on Feb. 22 regarding its proposed Nyberg Rivers development on Nyberg Road and Martinazzi Avenue, the initial concept plan submitted to the city showed a re-aligned Seneca Street that would essentially run through the council building. Tualatin’s recently updated Transportation System Plan requires any development at that site to integrate this kind of alignment in order to improve traffic flow and commercial accessibility.

The council building, which sits on a city-owned lot, also houses municipal court and finance department offices. According to CenterCal’s concept plan, Seneca Street would cut southwest from Nyberg Rivers’ parking lot to connect with Martinazzi Avenue at what is currently a three-way intersection.

The pre-application meeting on March 6 between the city’s Community Development Department and representatives for CenterCal addressed permit processes and Tualatin’s TSP, which calls for the creation of a local grid system with a connection to Seneca Street.

In an end-of-year interview with The Times, Mayor Lou Ogden said he doubted the city would construct a new city hall, but would likely add on to an existing administrative building.

“I’m guessing it will be something on a small scale,” Ogden said. “It won’t be a grandiose new government center.”

The council will also address long-standing problems with the current City Council facilities, including public accessibilities and necessary upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The council’s options for relocation include the Tualatin Police Department Training Room or the Tualatin Public Library Community Room. The council has also identified possible office space for lease in buildings on the Commons, along Highway 99 and 124th Avenue. Alternately, the city will consider building an addition on a current administrative building or the police department.

The City Council work session is open to the public and will be held Monday, March 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. at 18880 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

Agenda and work session packet here.

View the CenterCal site concept plan for Nyberg Woods here.

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