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Council to discuss Arch Bridge area, Bolton Reservoir

Councilors at odds on how to move forward with Arch Bridge area concept plan

In the midst of a slower summer season, the West Linn City Council will reconvene July 20 to go over a packed agenda.

Headlining the meeting is a discussion regarding the Arch Bridge Area concept plan, which was approved back in December 2014 and has since been the center of much debate between Council members.

Mayor Russ Axelrod and City Councilor Brenda Perry, the two newest members of the Council, have expressed continued reservations about the concept plan, and the discussion Monday is expected to focus on how the city should move forward.

The approved concept plan, drafted by LMN Architects, calls for the creation of a “North Village” and “South Village,” separated by Interstate 205. As opposed to the modest changes proposed in the North Village, the concept plan would radically re-imagine the land south of the freeway to include condominiums, a parking garage, commercial and office space, retail shops and a hotel.

The new development would be centered on a new “urban intersection” created by partially re-aligning Highway 43 and vacating the 76 gas station currently housed next to the old police station.

The City Council unanimously approved the concept plan last year, before Axelrod and Perry were sworn in. Axelrod has said that the plan should not move forward until community concerns are addressed, while City Council President Thomas Frank countered that with an approved resolution in hand, the city is obligated to move forward with the concept plan.

While the Council works to resolve that issue, it will also make appointments to Citizen Advisory Groups and vote on a contract amendment for design of a new Bolton Reservoir.

The City Council voted to approve a Bolton Reservoir design contract with Murray, Smith and Associates (MSA) back in July 2014.

The amended contract would add $44,573 to the original $1,080,957 contract to account for additional services including the preparation of a certified arborist report, further geotechnical engineering and landscape architectural design.