West Linn’s Gateway project will create a viable master plan and implementation strategy for the Arch Bridge/Bolton Center , which generally includes the area around the Arch Bridge north along Highway 43 to the Bolton Fire Station. The plan will accomplish the following:
• Create a strong new identity for the area.
• Determine the location and form of a trail/esplanade within the study area as well as visual and potentially physical access to the river itself.
• Allow for a careful insertion of infill development on key sites, especially uses that can address the current jobs/housing imbalance.
• Transform the Metro designated Bolton Center into a true town center, with mixed use qualities of a village.
• Reconfigure major streets to add values of pedestrian, bicycle and transit use.
• Encourage redevelopment and new investment.
• Identify strategic improvements to infrastructure.
• Examine different ways for reconfiguring the I-205 and Highway 43 interchange for improved safety and operations.
• Assess the feasibility of various actions and investments.
• Build support from stakeholders and residents for the new directions of the area.
The City kicked off the project with the City Council on January 27, 2014 . The project will be guided by an advisory committee comprised of who will meet throughout 2014. A technical committee with staff from various agencies will also provide input and guidance.
There will be numerous opportunities for public input throughout the year including surveys, events, and a storefront studio in April.
Draft concepts and recommendations are expected in July and a draft plan will be reviewed by the City Council before the end of 2014. Any required regulatory changes are expected in early 2015.
The project is funded through a $220,000 Metro Community Planning and Development grant , which is funded through the construction excise tax. The City is providing an $80,000 in-kind match.