Site work taking place at Murray Boulevard and Weir Road parcel

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Southwest 141st Avenue neighbors have been monitoring construction crews as they prepare a 13.4-acre parcel for a new Polygon Northwest development.Initial site work on an 82-unit multi-family residential development is rapidly transforming a formerly wooded 13.4-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Murray Boulevard and Weir Road.

Crews have spent the past several weeks clearing, grading and other site work at the property, which will morph into a subdivision called Forest Glen. The city of Beaverton’s Planning Division approved a land-use plan last fall, but developer Polygon Northwest hasn’t yet submitted building plans, said Don Mazziotti, director of the city’s Community and Economic Development


“We expect them soon,” he said.

Model homes are scheduled to open on the site by early next year, and the project could be completed as early as summer 2015.

In addition to the 82 units of single-family detached residential housing, the Forest Glen plans call for natural open space, a park, public and private streets, and landscaping on the site, which is bordered by Southwest Murray Boulevard, Weir Road, Spaniel Court and 141st Avenue.

East Weir Road will be realigned to the south so it directly opposes West Weir Road on Murray Boulevard to eliminate an offset that impedes east- and westbound traffic along with left-turn movements.

A section just southeast of the site’s northwest corner at Murray and Weir will be preserved in its existing wetlands state, and a grove of trees will likely be maintained at the property’s highest point near Weir and 141st.

Mazziotti described the development as being “at the higher end of the spectrum,” noting that preserving the wooded area in the northeast corner is a “nice gesture” on Polygon’s part.

Fred Gast, president of the Vancouver, Wash.-based Polygon, has not responded to several phone calls from the Valley Times.

Mazziotti said the development is good news for the city’s available housing portfolio, which is actually lacking more on the high end than in the more affordable range.

“Strangely, we need more high-end housing units or choices than on the low end,” he said. “This will begin to fill the high end of the market. If we’re able to fill that high end and meet that demand, it frees up properties for use to support our lower-income citizens.”

In Beaverton, less than the common benchmark of 30 percent of household income is devoted to housing. With average rent in the Beaverton area approximately $1.10 per square foot, studies from the city indicate a substantial market for those able to pay approximately $1.80 per square foot.

“Smart developers will soon make that discovery, as Polygon has,” Mazziotti said, calling the company “a very strong group. We work with them a lot, and we respect them. They deliver on their promises.”

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