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Wilsonville City Council voted to purchase a 67,000-square foot site near Fry's Electronics for $1.5 million.

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Regal Cinemas objected to the removal of covenants that might hinder the City of Wilsonville's plans to build a bridge across I-5, which would land on this Town Center property.

The City of Wilsonville cleared an important hurdle in its plans to develop a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over I-5 and into Town Center last week. But the project still faces roadblocks.

In November, the City agreed to purchase a Town Center property that could serve as the landing space for the bridge with one caveat — that it could be absolved of the agreement if it could not persuade nearby property owners to agree to the removal of restrictive covenants, such as structural height requirements, that might prevent the bridge from being developed.

And though many of the owners have acquiesced, nearby Regal Cinemas objected to the proposed covenant amendment.

Despite the potential risk, Wilsonville City Council unanimously voted to finalize the purchase of the 67,000-square foot property next to Fry's Electronics for about $1.5 million at a meeting Monday, May 6. That evening, Wilsonville councilors voiced enthusiasm about the bridge project and its importance to the City's plans to spark redevelopment in Town Center.

Click here to read the rest of the story in the Wilsonville Spokesman.


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