Neighbors worry about plans to develop near Fairview Lake

Neighbors upset about development plans

FAIRVIEW, Ore. -- Neighbors in East Multnomah County are upset about plans to develop a big parcel of land near their homes.

“Obviously one of my concerns is traffic pattern,” said Bob Dolphin. “The other concern is probably lights and noise.”

Bob Dolphin has lived on Fairview Lake for seven years. He calls it a hidden gem.

“Very walkable neighborhood,” he said. “There’s a nice 2.5 mile loop around the lake.”

But Dolphin is worried about what the neighborhood will become when the land across the street from his house is developed. The Trammell Crow Company hopes to build a 371,280-square-foot distribution building with more than 300 parking spaces.

“Before I bought the property I knew it was zoned general industrial,” said Dolphin. “I knew that going in and I accepted it and figured it would eventually happen.”

Other neighbors worry about their property values.

“We have expensive homes,” said Roger Keast. “We’d like to be able to maintain the market value of those.”

Keast and Dolphin were among dozens of neighbors who brought their concerns to a meeting with the developer. The turnout was so impressive the meeting had to be canceled and rescheduled for a bigger venue. The Senior Vice President of Trammell Crow Company told KGW neighbors have nothing to worry about.

“We’ll follow code,” said Steve Sieber. "The metro area needs more buildings like this for employees.”

The Trammell Crow Company still needs to go through the submittal and approval process among other things. Neighbors think it is only a matter of time until they see construction crews tearing up the land. They plan to enjoy the peace and quiet until then.

“Kayak in the slough, kayak in the lake,” said Dolphin.


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