Iconic roadside candle's future threatened by apartments
Scappoose city staff are working to preserve the historic Peace Candle of the World, a 50-foot-tall silo visible to drivers on Highway 30 entering Scappoose from the east. The property on which the candle has been located for almost half a century recently sold to a new developer, who plans to build apartments on the 1.9 acre lot.
The city is negotiating with the developer and aims to preserve the Peace Candle.
"It's one of the council's goals to protect that," Scappoose City Manager Michael Sykes said.
In early May, plans for the property showed "the preservation of the candle on site, as well as preservation of the red barn" along with the construction of more than 50 apartments, according to a Scappoose department report.
"The plans for the property are changing slightly, and there has not been a formal land use application submittal yet, so I can't say yet what the final plan is," Scappoose City Planner Laurie Oliver explained this week.
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