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Council approves vacation of three segments of SW 110th Avenue

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Southwest 110th Avenue, seen here in this north-facing view toward Tooze Road, will not exist for much longer in its current configuration as Villebois is built out. With recent gains in the Oregon housing market, construction in Wilsonville’s Villebois development has picked up noticeably in the last year.

Homes have rapidly been going up on the western edges of Villebois, jutting up against Grahams Ferry Road, while the city council last year approved an additional 100 plus homes to be built on the site of the former Living Enrichment Center at the south end of the development.

Now, as Polygon Northwest prepares to break ground on yet another new group of homes, this time closer to the center of Villebois, the city is preparing to reconfigure the alignment of existing streets to allow this to happen. As part of that process, the council approved the vacation of three segments of what is currently Southwest 110th Avenue in order to prepare the ground for construction of new roads.

“There are chunks (of road) in between that are not being vacated because they are going to remain public right of way to help complete the new plan,” Associate Planner Dan Pauly told councilors at their March 3 meeting.

The southernmost portion of street to be vacated starts at Mont Blanc Street, while the northernmost piece ends at Tooze Road. The portions of 110th Avenue that are not converted into intersections for new cross streets, Pauly said, will be converted to public parkland.

Meanwhile, a new Villebois Drive North will connect a yet-to-be-built roundabout with the roundabout currently in place at the intersection of Barber Street and Costa Circle. Villebois Drive will continue north to connect with Tooze Road at its intersection with the Boeckman Bridge.

“It will provide that north-south connectivity,” Pauly said, “along with bike lanes, sidewalks and all those other amenities.”

The demolition of Southwest 110th and construction of the new Southwest Villebois Drive North segment is planned for later this year together with construction of the Polygon Homes subdivision previously approved.

Pauly said the gradual dismantling of Southwest 110th Avenue has been a part of city plans for several decades now. The most recent street vacations represent the final end to the street, which once provided Wilsonville’s lone connection between Graham’s Ferry Road and Interstate 5.

“This alignment existed well before other development there,” Pauly said, pointing to a 1980s era aerial map of Wilsonville showing the still-open Dammasch State Hospital. “Historically, it was the only route between the freeway and Graham’s Ferry Road.”

Councilors voted 4-0 in favor of the street vacation ordinance at its first reading, with Mayor Tim Knapp absent. The ordinance will have a second and final reading at the council’s March 17 meeting.

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