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City hosting walking tours of arch bridge-Bolton site

Spots for the two tours in August are filling up quickly


Photo Credit: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - The proposal for the arch bridge-Bolton area explores the possibility of building 250-300 housing units, a town center, a hotel and retail office spaces.In an effort to solicit more resident feedback about redevelopment plans for the arch bridge-Bolton site, the city has scheduled guided tours of the area.

Sessions are scheduled for August 5th and 23rd, each with 20 spots for residents. City Council members and staff will lead the tours, discuss the proposed redevelopment plans and gather the participants opinions.

“The feedback has been really positive,” said Chris Kerr, economic development director. “There’s a lot of energy in the community to see improvements in an area that has been neglected.”

Kerr said that the walking tours will provide an advantageous perspective of the arch bridge-Bolton project.

“There’s a difference between seeing things on a piece of paper and actually looking at the views you would be seeing and the traffic problems you would be dealing with,” said Kerr. “You can feel the issues better when you’re walking around.”

Getting residents involved with the arch bridge-Bolton planning process has been a priority for the city. The walking tours are part of that effort.

In April, a vacant storefront studio’s walls were dressed in maps and informational sheets regarding the redevelopment plans. Nearly 150 residents stopped by to see what the local buzz was about.

“People were able to have one-on-one conversations and share what their vision is for the area,” said Kerr.

The proposal for the arch bridge-Bolton area explores the possibility of building 250-300 housing units, a town center, a hotel and retail office spaces.

Officials say they hope to conserve the West Linn’s unique character while improving the overall livability for residents through more efficient transportation, increased employment opportunities and tourism and creating scenic views of the Willamette River.

To register for the walking tours, visit signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49afae2caafd0-arch.

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