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The Marylhurst School will occupy property vacated by New Life Church after being forced to leave Oregon City

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Marylhurst School is an independent, progressive private school, serving more than 150 children in preschool through eighth grade.
A recent West Linn Planning Commission ruling paved the way for a new private school to be built on the property that currently houses the New Life Church in the Robinwood neighborhood.

The commission voted unanimously Feb. 6 to approve a development plan for The Marylhurst School, which was recently forced to move from its Oregon City location to make room for a new police station and municipal court building.

Founded in 1972 and originally housed at Marylhurst University, the school is described in a news release as "an independent, progressive education community serving more than 150 children in preschool through eighth grade."

Currently, the school has students hailing from Beaverton, Canby, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, southeast Portland, Tualatin and West Linn.

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to move back to the West Linn area, and into our own building," Marylhurst Head of School Sheila Walker said in a news release. "We look forward to becoming a part of the West Linn community and welcoming additional families to our school."

Construction at the 1.5 acre property — which is located at 19915/19803 Old River Drive — will be done in two phases. The first, according to the school news release, will consist of upgrades to existing buildings, parking lot improvements, measures to improve traffic flow and the construction of a portable classroom.

The second and more significant phase includes the construction of a new two-story, 16,300-square-foot building that will feature 12 classrooms and a library.

Reconfigured open spaces, pedestrian paths, stormwater management and landscaping are also part of the construction plan.

The project will be funded using a combination of school savings, state-sponsored nonprofit funding and a "Road Home" fundraising campaign that aims to raise $500,000.

Construction is expected to be completed within three years. The planning commission ruled that if the project isn't done by that time, the applicants will have to file for an extension.

To learn more about the school, visit http://themarylhurstschool.org.


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