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Arch bridge open houses set for October

City seeking feedback on drafted master plan for the area's redevelopment

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The city will host both in-person and virtual open houses for residents to provide feedback on the latest arch bridge-Bolton master plan.As planning continues for the arch bridge-Bolton redevelopment project, West Linn is set to host two open houses — including one online — in early October.

An in-person event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the West Linn Library. At this “Arch Bridge Plan Open House,” residents will be given the opportunity to view a draft of the master plan for the area and provide feedback.

The city received a $220,000 grant from Metro last fall to fund the arch bridge-Bolton planning process, and later hired LMN Architects to complete a master plan and implementation strategy. The project runs concurrent to the redevelopment of the former Blue Heron Paper Company, across the river in Oregon City, as part of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

The city’s overall goal is to create a plan for the Bolton Town Center, which would be a hub for community activities, commerce and housing.

Back in April, the city held a series of “storefront studio” workshops when planning was still in its infancy. This time around, attendees will view a aerial video of the arch bridge area, as well as a computer-generated 3-D model to help illustrate the plan.

Running concurrent to the in-person event will be a “virtual open house” hosted at westlinnideas.com, available starting Sept. 30.

“The virtual open house will use videos, polling, message boards and information pages to share the same information that is available at the in-person open house,” City Manager Chris Jordan said in a memo. “Our citizens will be able to participate in arch bridge plan review from their homes or work, and do not need to attend the in-person event to share their ideas, support, opinions and comments.”

The City Council is currently scheduled to vote on the completed master plan at a Nov. 24 meeting. In a July briefing before the council, LMN’s findings centered around the demand for housing, restaurants and a full-service hotel in the arch bridge-Bolton area, with the bulk of development taking place near Interstate 205 and the West Linn Paper Company property.

Contact Patrick Malee at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or pmalee@westlinntidings.com.

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