Those of you who drove by the Tractor Supply Co. and wanted to shop there have been disappointed for the past few months. It originally was supposed to open sometime in the fall, then November and by December there was a sign stating that it is opening in 2020.
Well, that's a fine guess, but when in 2020? So, we at the Pioneer decided to start searching.
Senior Planner Alice Cannon said there still are a few things that need to be done on the Planning Department's punch list. Public Works Director Gerald Fisher also said the same about his department's punch list.
"Last I heard they were finalizing plans and working toward a temporary access while improvements to the frontage are made," Fisher said in an email.
It's that access that seems to be the sticking point. And, that all depends on what's happening between Oregon's Department of Transportation and work at the Tractor Supply store.
ODOT and the store are working together to get this done but got off on the wrong foot and now it's the rainy season, which could prove problematic.
Normally, driveways are completed prior to building construction, but for the Tractor Supply store it didn't get done. The developer didn't provide access and with the current weather it's nearly impossible to do it the way it needs to get done, something that would include landscape and sidewalks and widening the road to allow a left turn lane, according to Glen Bolen, Interim Planning Manager at ODOT.
But there is a culvert that also has to be fixed, something that is again best done during sunny and dry weather.
So, in order to open, the store will take out a temporary permit and fix the access before getting a permanent permit so access will be done sometime in the spring. Right now, ODOT and the store are working on the temporary permit. Bolen said the opening might happen in January, but that could change.
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