Beaverton residents want park, not apartments

Some locals are fighting against efforts to build an apartment on land they said was supposed to be a park

Beaverton residents said they were promised a park in an area currently being rezoned for apartments. February 17, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Beaverton residents said they were promised a park in an area currently being rezoned for apartments. February 17, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Some Beaverton residents are taking a stand against development plans that could turn a local field into an apartment complex — they said, they were promised a park would be built on the land.

“It was just out of the blue, we received a public notice from the City of Beaverton telling us there was a zoning change amendment on this property,” Beaverton resident Ted Forgeron told KOIN 6 News.

The 8.6 acre property used to be a horse pasture — today, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District owns the land at SW Murray Blvd. and Sexton Mountain Dr.

Some neighbors told KOIN 6 News when they bought their homes, they were told the entire area would someday become a park. Residents including Forgeron are fighting against efforts by the City of Beaverton to rezone the property for apartments.

“I think that’s a really horrible idea especially since the land was purchased with our bond money, with our tax money in order to put a park in,” Forgeron said.

The Tualatin Hills Park District purchased the land from the Cobb family several years ago. According to public records, the City of Beaverton is negotiating to buy about 2.5 acres of the property from the park district. Under the proposal, the city would then sell the land for the development of Bridge Meadows, an apartment that helps pair elders with foster families.

City documents revealed the parks district would still build a park on the remaining land under the new plan. But some residents believe the entire area should be a park. They said the city is doing a rush job to try and change it.

“Our understanding is that the reason they’re rushing is that the developer has a March 31 deadline to get their funding in place and the city is trying to move this through as fast as they can because the zoning, the rezoning, is required before a developer can get funding,” Forgeron said.

The Beaverton Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the issue next Wednesday. For more information on the rezoning project, click here.

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