Fred Meyer is looking at property in back of the Sherwood's Providence Medical Group clinic for siting a 110,000-square-foot store

by: RAY PITZ - RENOVATION TIME - The front of the old Joe's store lies exposed as contractors work to expand the front of the store for the new Kohl's Department Store.Three nationally known businesses — Fred Meyer, Kohl’s and Dutch Brothers Coffee — have either made requests to possibly locate in the city or are in various parts of permit approval or the construction process

Topping the list of those interested in building in Sherwood is Fred Meyer, whose representatives have submitted a pre-application and talked with city planning staff about construction of a 110,000-square-foot store in back of the Providence Medical Group clinic off of Highway 99W and Edy Road.

The store, known for its one-stop-shopping, could potentially be sited on two pieces of property, one located on what was once the Driftwood mobile home park, the other on a parcel of property between the former mobile home park and Providence, according to Planning Director Julia Hajduk

The footprint for the store would be different from that of its other larger stores.

“They’re looking at a smaller format for the site,” said Hajduk. “It’s not their traditional size.”

Since the property owner didn’t originally conduct a traffic mitigation plan when the zone on the Driftwood mobile home property was changed in 2008 from residential to retail/commercial, the applicant would be have to seek a plan amendment to allow more trips than was originally anticipated for the residential zone. That change would have to be approved by the Sherwood City Council.

Meanwhile, renovation on a building that is expected to be home to the state’s newest Kohl’s department store is continuing.

The Wisconsin-based chain is adding 8,000 square feet to the front of the former Sherwood Joe’s store with plans to end up with a total of 58,000 square feet for retail, warehouse and office operations, according to Michelle Miller, an associate planner for the city of Sherwood.

In addition, a second access drive to the store will be added to Southwest 12th Street.

For their part, Kohl’s representatives are being hush-hush about when, or even if, they will open in Sherwood.

“At any given time, sites such as this one may be in stages of the assessment or development process,” said Maggie Lund, public relations coordinator for Kohl’s corporate headquarters in Wisconsin. “In general, we announce official grand openings two times a year — in spring and in fall and we have a consistent policy of not confirming until closer to a grand opening date.”

Which of course isn't a denial especially since the previously planned retailer for the old Joe's site never materialized.

In the spring of 2010, Coastal Farm and Ranch was granted a conditional-use permit to locate a store at the same site by the Sherwood Planning Commission. However, in November 2011, Kohl’s completed a land-use application to open a store at the same site. Kohl’s has more than 1,000 stores nationwide with only two other stores – one in Beaverton and one in Hillsboro – located in Washington County.

by: CITY OF SHERWOOD PLANNING DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS - BIRDS-EYE VIEW -- The arrow points to the Sherwood Plaza site where Dutch Brothers hopes to locate.Finally, Dutch Brothers Coffee has proposed a 367-square-foot kiosk for Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center.

“It’s under review,” Miller said on Sept. 7. “We anticipate a decision within the next few weeks.”

The drive-through-only business would be located in the shopping complex between the two Langer Drive entrances closest to Sherwood Boulevard.

The Grant’s Pass company was founded in 1992 and usually opens its kiosks with a free-drink day, generally causing some traffic back ups.

Meanwhile, the city is pausing before moving forward with plans to build the new Sherwood Community Center. Tom Pessemier, the city’s community development director, said the city would have to rebid some aspects of the center because the bids — mostly from subcontractors — came in too high.

In April, the city removed about $400,000 worth of items from the center in an effort to bring it more into line with the center’s original budget. With the cuts, which included some of the planned exterior red brick, the building was expected to cost about $2.9 million.

Originally, plans were to construct the community center before the two apartment complexes (see front page story), but Pessemier said he’s not sure which project will go first.

“Hopefully two to three weeks from now we’ll have a lot more information,” Pessemier said Sept. 6.

The city’s Urban Renewal Agency originally passed a resolution to spend no more than $2.5 million on the building, which is expected to contain a curtained stage and telescopic audience seating.

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