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Beaverton paves way for Murray Village, groundbreaking set for next spring

The Oregonian

December 15th 2010

By next spring, land that was once a mobile home park across from Nike will be torn up for a proposed community center, hotel, office space, housing and shops.

Last month, the Planning Commission approved a land-use application for Murray Village, a 26-acre property worth $5.8 million at Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road. The project is a joint venture between Metropolitan Land Group and Beaverton Mobilodge, which three years ago had asked former mobile home tenants to vacate the area.

Overgrown shrubs graze the concrete lots now, but developers and city leaders envision the region to have 350 housing units, 40,000 square feet of retail space and 80,000 square feet of hotel or office buildings.

"It's going to be a destination spot for Beaverton and Washington County," said John O'Neil, vice president of Metropolitan, which will develop the residential units.

Developers said Murray Village represents the "preferred direction" for the region, but the city has not discussed more plans for similar types of development thus far, according to Mayor Denny Doyle.

"We made the decision to move to Beaverton based on what we were allowed to build based on the code," O'Neil said.

But the city has made it easier to jump-start redevelopment.

In September, the Oregonian reported that the city approved $58,136 in property tax rebates for Metropolitan and Edwin Kawasaki, the proposed commercial developer.

Mayor Denny Doyle said the city currently has not discussed plans for similar types of development.

"We haven't talked about it," Doyle said, "but if that's what we need to do to stimulate things, then that's what we need to do. Our role is to make businesses substantial."

A formal groundbreaking is set for next spring, when more details on the project are expected to be released.