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45 Central begins site work for Beaverton mixed-use development

The Oregonian

September 30th 2011

BEAVERTON -- In the past month, bulldozers have crushed the last of a former mobile home park and torn away graffiti-marked fences on vacant land across from Nike headquarters.

They're clearing the way for 45 Central, a 26-acre mixed-use development that could include office space, housing, a hotel and shops.

The property, formerly known as Murray Village, at the corner of Southwest Jenkins Road and Murray Boulevard has an assessed value of $5.8 million and was annexed into the city in March 2010.

Though developers Metropolitan Land Group and Edwin Kawasaki have not confirmed an official groundbreaking date, construction equipment has been busy.

"Infrastructure is being put in," said Don Mazziotti, the city's director of community development. "They intend to begin building demo units and a clubhouse that will serve the development in the near future."

The city is paying for the initial groundwork to meet the developers' tight, aggressive timeline, according to staff reports.

In August, the city approved spending $800,000 of water contingency funds for a contract with Landis and Landis Construction of Marylhurst. The company is building a 2,900-foot-long off-site pipe extension that will connect the city's water system to that of the development.

The pipe may eventually also serve undeveloped land south of Jenkins Road, between 153rd Drive and Murray Boulevard, according to staff reports.

In addition, developers will receive water "credits" for building an on-site pipeline. The credits will be applied against system development fees that the city charges on new construction.

Developers already have $146,284 in water credits they previously negotiated with Tualatin Valley Water District.

Once improvements to the water system are complete, the developer expects to begin building 140 condos and 220 detached homes in clusters, no later than Nov. 1, city documents show. The high-density development includes more residences than the former Beaverton Mobilodge, which had 225 homes and closed four years ago.

"We're still on schedule to start vertical construction," said John O'Neil, vice president of Metropolitan. "We anticipate residents, homebuyers, in the spring."

Preliminary plans for the detached housing aim for a neighborhood feel, according to Matt Sprague of SFA Design Group.

Plans include homes with porches, columns and balconies. Condos will range between 500 and 1,300 square feet, and cost up to $170,000.

Single-family homes, 1,500 to 2,400 square feet, will be priced at $230,000 to $350,000 and have three or four bedrooms, according to Megan Talalemotu, a real estate broker at Crandall Group.

Interest has already boomed among young professionals who work at Nike, Intel and Tektronix, Talalemotu said.

Trees will be planted to screen the neighbors who live in single-family homes north of the development, and third-floor balconies have been nixed to assure that privacy, according to Don Sowieja of Myhre Group Architects.
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45 Central residents will be within the boundaries of the Beaverton School District and the Five Oaks/Triple Creek neighborhood association. The Merlo Road MAX station is less than a mile away.

The second phase of construction - developers have not confirmed a date - includes 116,000 square feet of commercial development, managed by Kawasaki of Beaverton Mobilodge.

Mazziotti said the second phase would include either a hotel or office building.

No plans have been proposed yet, Mazziotti added. Documents show a preference for boutique-style shops, rather than franchise stores. Developers said the largest building would be 80,000 square feet.