Medical office complex coming to Highway 30; planning commission to hear apartment complex proposal later this month

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - Construction crews from Perlo Construction grade a piece of property along Highway 30. A medical office is permitted to be built on the site, according to St. Helens city officials. Development of a formerly vacant property that partially abuts Highway 30 in St. Helens is underway, and more construction could be on the docket if the St. Helens Planning Commission approves a proposal for an apartment complex on the land later this month.

Last September, Karl Ivanov, president and founder of I&E Construction, purchased a 12.5-acre property in St. Helens which was previously home to a mobile home park known as Violette's Villa, and in the months since, Ivanov has been attempting to secure permits to build on the land.

According to city and county records, the property is listed under the ownership of a limited liability company, St. Helens Land Company LLC, which is registered to Lake Oswego-based lawyer Andrew Hahs.

Currently, crews from Perlo Construction are working under a grading and building permit approved for the development of a 20,000-square-foot medical office building on a parcel of property located southwest of the Bank of West building, near the intersection of Highway 30 and McBride Street.

St. Helens City Planner Jacob Graichen said development of that property was administratively approved earlier this year.

However, a proposal to develop a western portion of land that belongs to the same owner will come before the planning commission later this month.

Plans to develop a 204-unit apartment complex on a 7.5-acre property bordered between McBride and Matzen streets have been submitted to city officials in St. Helens and will go before the St. Helens Planning Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m., to determine if a conditional use permit will be granted.

In January, engineers from Multi-Tech Engineering Services Inc. working with Ivanov approached the St. Helens Planning Commission with a request to divide the 12.5-acre property into five separate parcels and to rezone one of the parcels to general commercial use, allowing for a wider variety of uses. The planning commission voted to recommend approval of the division and rezone, and the City Council approved the proposal in February.

Along with the subdivision application, Ivanov submitted a subdivision preliminary plat plan to the city indicating where new road access points would be established and his desire to establish housing on the property.

The proposed apartment complex would have a mix of studio, one- , two- and three-bedroom units. The complex would consist of 17 individual buildings, each three stories tall. One additional single-story building would be a recreational facility for residents of the complex.

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