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Nyberg Rivers plan approved


Snag ahead for Cabelas outdoor sales pan, no Chick-fil-A after all

Tualatin is one step closer to hosting more than 300,000 square feet of new and revamped retail and restaurant space, after the City Council approved the Nyberg Rivers master plan last week — with some revision.

During a four-hour special meeting Aug. 7, city staff explained that CenterCal Properties had agreed to remove one of five drive-thrus from its initial site draft. CenterCal had argued the drive-thrus were necessary to honor pre-existing leases held with Wendy’s restaurant, which will be relocated on the site, as well as three banks. But CenterCal backed down on a request for an additional drive-thru, long rumored to be a future Chik-fil-A location.

As a result of one of the changes, CenterCal Chief Executive Officer Fred Bruning said the development’s commercial space went from being 98 percent preleased to 97 percent preleased.

The city removed a requirement for an additional public entrance to the development’s anchor store, Cabela’s. The outdoor retailer had argued that such a requirement would undermine the store’s floor plan, which favors a central entrance.

The city also removed a requirement for 12 feet of unobstructed sidewalk in front of the outdoor retailer.

With these revisions, planning manager Aquilla Hurd-Ravich told the council the city was satisfied the Nyberg Rivers master plan met goals outlined in the Central Urban Renewal District.

Mayor Lou Ogden and Councilor Wayne Brooksby were reluctant to bind a Seneca Street extension to the Nyberg Rivers master plan, even though such a consideration is already included. The city’s updated Transportation System Plan requires that plans for a development bordering the city-owned lot include a re-alignment of the street in order to improve traffic flow.

The master plan shows Seneca Street bisecting current city council chambers, cutting southwest from a Nyberg Rivers’ parking lot to connect with Martinazzi Avenue at what is currently a three-way intersection.

“I think we’re tying (Seneca Street realignment) together, to ensure it happens,” Brooksby said.

According to Ogden, the alignment itself could cost $1 million, and construction of new council chambers could cost up to $5 million.

“We don’t have the money, so if we are in fact making it a condition that we have to perform to, and we don’t have the ability to perform to it, then what?” he said. “I believe Seneca Street (re-alignment) is the ultimate right thing to do. But that needs to be a separate discussion on timing and funding, and not bind the developer to it.”

“We’re happy to do whatever the City Council wants here,” Bruning said. “If City Hall decides to stay for now or for years, if at any time it’s moved, we’ll be happy to put that through.”

Although the council unanimously approved the master plan with changes, a conditional-use permit public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, when the council will discuss potential rezoning for Cabela’s. The 110,000-square-foot retailer will be located in a commercial planning district that prohibits the sales of ATVs and outboard motors outside the retail store.