Estacada City Council prepares for fuel station move
The Pacific Pride fueling station in Estacada will move from Southwest Second Avenue to a vacant lot on Veterans Boulevard.
During a Zoom meeting on Monday, Aug. 9, the Estacada City Council approved a zone change for 30355 Veterans Blvd., from light industrial to highway commercial, which would allow the use of a card-lock fuel station. The lot, which is 1.35 acres, would also include a multi-tenant commercial building.
The Pacific Pride station is operated by the Salem-based Marc Nelson Oil Products. Leaders on the project said that construction at the new Estacada location will begin at a date that has not yet been determined, citing additional design work, permits and economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are several reasons for the station's move, including the current lot's location within the Estacada Downtown and Riverside Area Plan and Urban Renewal Plan areas.
"The fueling station is not the type of shopping or service activity that is the objective of the Urban Renewal Plan. Because its purpose is to serve non-retail, high-volume commercial and industrial customers, the fueling station is more appropriate for a location in an area of industrial and highway-commercial activities," documentation submitted to the Estacada City Council stated. "The proposed location is within the area along Highway 224 at the north end of the city that has been designated for these types of activities."
Additionally, a location along Highway 224 provides greater access and visibility for the station.
The station will have three fueling islands under a canopy, and access will be provided by two driveways on River Mill Road.
Along with the fueling station, the property will also have an approximately 7,800-square-foot building with five business spaces.
In other news from the Aug. 9 City Council meeting:
Councilors appointed Deborah VanDetta and Nicole McMerrick to open positions on the Estacada Arts Commission. There was also an opening on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee with two applicants, but councilors were divided 3-3 on which person to appoint to the group. At the next meeting, when all seven councilors are present, they will vote on the DEIC appointment again.
Councilor Joel Litkie expressed concern that some community members who were interested in applying did not know about the open committee vacancies. City staff noted that the vacancies were posted on the city's website, Facebook page and in the Estacada News. They were also mentioned at a previous City Council meeting. At their next meeting, councilors will consider an ordinance stating that open vacancies be posted for 30 days.
Councilors gave initial approval to the first two phases of the Dugan Estates subdivision, located near Sweetwater Road. It will consist of 102 single-family homes.
Councilors considered again and approved an ordinance imposing a 3% tax on the sale of marijuana items to be sent to voters for consideration.
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