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Excitement Grows About Redevelopment Of Blue Heron Site

Oregon City is rolling out the proposed master plan for redevelopment of the old Blue Heron paper mill at Willamette Falls. It’s blocked public access to the water for over 100 years.

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The plan would re-establish Oregon City’s Main Street grid and provide a way for people to get close to the falls.

It would also allow for parks, shops, offices and even light industrial use.

The project got a boost recently when a bankruptcy judge approved the terms of a sale to Langley Investment of Portland.

Jim Desmond of Metro says Langley will pay for the upkeep of the property for up to two years as it decides what to do.

“There’s buildings in varying conditions from extremely poor to reasonably high quality very solid structures,” Desmond said. “So, they’ve been added on over a 140 year period. There’s 53 buildings there, so it’s a very physically complex site.”

A public meeting on the plan is set for February 6th. The Oregon City Planning Commission will take it up in April.


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