Company seeks to develop land near waterfront for housing
A local company has submitted an application to the city that, if successful, will mean the development of a significant swath of land near Newberg's waterfront.
Newberg developer Del Boca Vista's application is to construct a $9 million subdivision on Weatherly Way and Waterfront Street called Riverrun.
The 23.16-acre parcel, owned by Weatherly Properties' Steve and Denise Wozniak, sits adjacent to the southern end of Ewing Young Park and is bisected by the Newberg-Dundee bypass. It is approximately a quarter-mile from the Willamette River.
According to the application, submitted to the city in August, the development would feature 133 homes on lots ranging from 2,191 to 31,773 square feet in size; the average lot size would be 3,489 square feet.
Whereas the city's target density for R-2 medium density residential development is nine units per acre, the development is shooting for 5.7 units per acre. The land, according to the application, is largely vacant. It is accessed by Weatherly Way and Waterfront Street. First phase of the project would be 91 lots on Weatherly Way; Phase 2 would be 42 lots on Waterfront Street.
The application came before the Newberg Planning Commission on Oct. 11 for a hearing at the Public Safety Building.
In order to gain approval, the development must conform to the city's riverfront master plan, which covers a long swath of land between the river and the bypass. The master plan calls for open spaces for public use, provides views of natural areas and will promote recreation along the river.
The land to be developed includes several stream corridors, wetlands and floodway within its boundary. The application says no improvements are proposed within those areas.
Chehalem Creek enters into the area from the north and an unnamed tributary enters from the east. The area holds an extensive hazelnut orchard that extends from Waterfront Street.
The development will contain two cul-de-sacs because of the stream corridor, bypass and existing development prevent street connections.
The cul-de-sacs will serve around 20 homes and should not cause any traffic concerns, according to the application.
PNMC names new operations officer
Providence Newberg Medical Center has hired Melissa Burns as its next chief nursing and operations officer.
Burns previously served as interim chief nursing officer at Providence Mount Carmel and Providence St. Joseph's hospitals in Washington. She was also previously a chief nursing and operating officer and hospital administrator for Rideout Health in Northern California.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Burns said. "The culture of Providence Newberg is a perfect fit for me and I look forward to doing my part to support it and continue the Mission of Providence."
Yamhill County to host hazardous waste takeback
The city of McMinnville and Yamhill County will host a hazardous waste drop off event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The event is open to all Yamhill County residents and will take place at Recology Western Oregon on 1850 Lafayette Ave. Accepted materials include new and used medications, either over the counter or prescription, both for pets and humans and both solids and liquids; items with "caution," "warning," "danger," "poison" and "hazardous" labels. Items not accepted include syringes, medical waste, tires, asbestos, paint or explosives.
>Human Bean hosts annual cancer fundraiser
The Human Bean will host its 13th annual breast cancer fundraising event on Friday, with all proceeds from its 79 locations in 10 states donated to breast cancer agencies.
Last year's Coffee for a Cure event raised more than $228,000 and nearly $1.3 million to date. In Oregon alone, the fundraiser funded more than 1,600 mammograms total, or about 145 a year. It's also helped provide ongoing patient support.
Newberg to host civics workshop
Ahead of the election season, Newberg will host a workshop on misinformation and political propaganda. Led by guest speaker Donna Cohen, the nonpartisan workshop for adults will fill in gaps in civic and political understanding and encourage critical evaluation of information. The workshop will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Newberg Public Library. For more information call 538-7323.