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Delay in readying temporary access road holds back opening of store likely to December

Those driving on Highway 213 and Toliver Road probably have noticed that the Tractor Supply Store appears ready to open. It is ready, but it's also not ready because there is no temporary permit for access to the driveway allowing shoppers to drive their cars into the store's parking lot.

PMG PHOTO: DEBORAH GUINTHER - The developer and ODOT are working on the access permit for the unpaved driveway leading from Highway 213 on the north side of the street to the new Tractor Supply Company.

If you're ready to shop there, you may have to wait awhile because the developer notes that he is working with Oregon's Department of Transportation and other organizations on an improvement plan for cars to get to the store. He suspects it will open before the holidays.

The driveway is "…a multiple agency effort," said Ray Hix, co-founder and principal of Hix Snedeker Construction. "There's a lot of agencies working together to provide a temporary access plan similar to the final plan."

Hix Snedeker constructs many of the Tractor Supply Company's stores throughout the United States. They then own the building and act as landlords for 49 of these stores.

Currently, the driveway is off Highway 213. Unlike the highway and the parking lot the driveway leading to the store hasn't yet been paved.

While most of the other construction has been finished, it's the legal access to the store that is awaiting a permit from the state through ODOT. There are some other things left to do but these are minor including a punch list for the city as well as drainage easements required to be finished from the Molalla's Public Works Department.

There has been much discussion regarding ODOT's decision to put a traffic calming roundabout at the junction of Highway 213 and Toliver Road near the Tractor Supply Store. At present, the roundabout that is scheduled to go onto that junction requires an intergovernmental agreement between the city and ODOT. The document received a go ahead from the Molalla City Council at last week's Oct. 23 meeting.

City Manager Dan Huff suggests it will take about two to three years for the roundabout to be ready for traffic.

The Tractor Supply Company is like a general store that also offers pet food.

"It doesn't sell tractors or tractor service, but is more of a lifestyle store," said Hix. "It's actually for those owning small pieces of land and carries other supplies for people and pets."

For example, people looking for tools and hardware, home improvement, clothing and apparel, gift cards, lawn and garden and farm and ranch equipment as well as pet care products will be able to find the products they need at the store.


Carol Rosen
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