New Planned Live/Work Space
The first project within the Beavercreek Road Master Plan is coming soon.
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Perhaps you have heard about the new development in Oregon City near the high school with planned live-work space. It is the first project to break ground as a part of the greater Beavercreek Road Concept Plan, carefully crafted to create a multi-use community that has synergistic relationships with Clackamas Community College, Oregon City High School and near-by neighborhoods.
This first project, tentatively named the Villages at Beavercreek will be 180 apartments with the ground floor units zoned with planned live-work space accomodating small home based entrepreneurial businesses such as an accountant, graphic designer, therapist, etc. This is fantastic since it allows people to more easily live, work and play in the same geographic area without the requirement of commuting. You will see this concept successfully in action in Sellwood, Lake Oswego and Orenco Station in the Hillsboro area among others.
All the buildings are 3 stories in height, with the exception of the clubhouse, which is one story. Parking will be on site.
The developer is extending Meyers to the NE so technically, this project will be accessible via Meyers Road.
In the past, many local citizens have been vocal about sewer concerns with the Beavercreek project. Thankfully, construction is expected to begin today; January 2nd, 2018 and conclude late March 2018 on the Beavercreek Road Sanitary Sewer Project. A mailer went out to local residents giving notice of night construction extending the public sanitary sewer main in Beavercreek road approximately 2,400 ft. from north of Clairmont Drive bout tho the north High School entrance. The design was paid for by a grant. More information can be found HERE.
“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship — around participation in public life.”Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
More about a planned community concept:
The EPAs website reminds us that “land use planning gives people more choices for getting around their town and their region. When homes, offices, stores, and civic buildings are near transit stations and close to each other, it is convenient to walk, bicycle, or take transit. This expanded transportation choice makes it easier to incorporate physical activity into daily routines, reduces transportation costs, and gives more freedom and mobility to low-income individuals, senior citizens, disabled persons, and others who cannot or choose not to drive or own a car. Providing walkable neighborhoods can help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Incorporating mixed use areas with parks and child play areas in Oregon City will be key to the future success of it and it’s residents.
Orenco Station in Hillsboro is a case study of a New Urbanist development in a suburban context. Bruce Podobnik, a sociologist at Lewis and Clark College, completed a study in 2002 that showed comparatively high levels of resident satisfaction and interaction between neighbors in planned neighborhoods where there are places to gather, stay active and celebrate the every day. People/families are more active when their communities are built for it.
Generally speaking, it’s hard to get the average adult to walk anywhere near the recommended 30 minutes per day and for children to get the recommended 1 hour per day of physical activity. Historically, the only proven way thus far, is if they live in higher-density, pedestrian friendly neighborhoods with playgrounds and eating/food choices within walking distance. In those areas, walking is useful and playing is encouraged since the neighborhood children have a place to gather.
As the greater Portland region grows, with up to 400,000 new residents in the next 20 years (source; The Oregonian September 2, 2015) it will be ever more important that we have self sustaining outlying areas in which we can enjoy a nice restaurant and experience the walkability lifestyle that families in NE Portland or Sellwood enjoy – without having to drive there. When Oregon City becomes more pedestrian and bike friendly, it will help cut down on the constant requirement for driving vehicles which is why the Beavercreek Road Concept Plan and The Grand Cove Project is exciting because amenities like walkability and public transit are included.
Most younger families now share the fantasy of living where it’s easy to have fun with friends and family, placing a high value on work-life balance and flexibility. Access to culture is also important for quality of life with accessibility to things like colleges, theater, beautiful architecture, etc. These things attract the kind of intelligent people employers are attracted to when choosing where to put roots and expand.
Increased walking and biking with close proximity to restaurants and errands often translates to increased property values. A study by Joseph Cortright in 2009 estimates that a home with a high walkability score is actually worth between $3,000 and $34,000 more than a comparable home in a neighborhood with a low score.
Sellwood is so desirable these days because it has restaurants, small parks, bike shops and coffee shops intermixed with the neighborhoods making everything walkable and bike friendly. Bike lanes and greenways make commuting to work possible without a car.