Beaverton planners approve hotel, retail project
Beaverton has given the go-ahead to an 89-room hotel and retail development in the city's northwest.
Home2 Suites by Hilton and the retail space will be at the northeast corner of Northwest Barnes Road and 118th Avenue, across from another commercial development anchored by Market of Choice.
The Planning Commission approved the plan for Kirkland Place on a 6-0 vote, which stands unless appealed to the City Council. But the panel did so only after the developer proposed changes to lessen the effects of traffic on a residential subdivision directly to the east on Northwest 117th Loop.
"I appreciate the accommodation of the neighbors, because that is an important component of making this all work," Commissioner Terry Lawler said.
One proposed driveway from 117th Loop into the development will be eliminated, the exit for a second driveway will be posted for a left-turn only on 117th Loop to direct traffic back to Cedar Falls Drive, and trees and a fence will screen the parking lot on 117th Loop consistent with safety.
Craig Arnold and Mathangi Murthy, two neighbors on 117th Loop, raised those concerns during the July 10 hearing, as did two others who filed written statements.
"We took the neighborhood's feedback and worked with it, even if it was not required by (city) code," said Nathan Jones, project planner for Otak Inc., whose Portland office is handling the plan for Kirkland Development of Vancouver, Wash.
The plan calls for the hotel on the northwest corner of the 2.89-acre site, a smaller retail building directly to the east, and a larger retail building on the southeast corner.
It also calls for 173 shared parking spaces, one more than the minimum required.
"Traffic is always a concern with developments like this," Philip Pittsenbarger, the architect for Otak, said at the hearing. "But ultimately having mixed uses next to housing is really a great way to reduce dependency on cars."
Starting with the TownePlace suites by Marriott, a 112-room hotel that opened in November at Highway 217 and Canyon Road, Beaverton is poised to add at least 550 rooms to the 1,051 total reported in a 2014 study commissioned by the city.
In addition to the Hilton project, whose rooms will be for extended stays, construction has started on three other hotels in Beaverton. They are a 117-room AC Hotels by Marriott and a 107-room Element by Westin, both at Cornell Oaks Corporate Center in northwest Beaverton, and a 125-room Hyatt House in central Beaverton near The Round/City Hall.
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