Kitzhaber supports prison siting in town, despite opposition from the City and citizens

PHOTO COURTESY WILSONVILLE-BOONES FERRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. - The John Aden family around 1890. The Aden family ran the general store in Wilsonville.

May 27, 1987

The shuttered Callahan Center, a former state-owned rehabiltation center near Wilsonville, was causing controversy. Oregon Institute of Technology has applied for funds to local a school in the building but were denied and told they should locate the school at Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus. The building was located on Grahams Ferry Road and had been vacant for a year.

The 7-Eleven store on the intersection of Boones Ferry and Wilsonville roads opened for business, celebrating with pony rides, clown, balloons and 25 cent hot dogs.

May 21, 1997

Gov. John Kitzhaber angered many Wilsonville residents when he endorsed the siting of a state prison at the former site of Dammasch State Hospital (editors note: now Villebois). Kitzhaber cited what he called "an exhaustive public process" that pointed to Dammash as the best location. A bill was in the Legislature that would prohibit locating a prison within a mile of schools or homes.

Rodeo lovers were going to have to pay for the privilege of watching those barrel racers, as the Clackamas County Fair Board voted to start charging fair-goers a seperate entrance fee for the rodeo. Costs for a new grandstand factored into the decision.

May 23, 2007

The Wilsonville Development Review Board approved "Wilsonvillage," a 10-unit development in the city's old town area. The initial proposal had been controversial with area residents, who did not like the density (27-units originally), detached garages or clubhouse. All were changed in the final proposal but accessory dwelling units were part of the final proposal, small 600-square-feet units to be attached to each house.

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