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Beaverton Walmart - NO!

Article from Beaverdoom Valley Times - meeting tonight

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Wal-Mart part two: Neighbors set to jump in
Community Newspapers - 03/17/05

Wal-Mart's proposed 148,668-square-foot development in a Cedar Mill shopping center will get a more formal airing tonight (March 17) when the Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee tackles the issue.

Association Chairman Charles Wilson, who runs the Substation sandwich shop in downtown Beaverton, has invited both opponents of the plan and Wal-Mart representatives to talk to the neighborhood group.

Wal-Mart representatives will not attend tonight's meeting, Wilson said. The company said it more likely would attend a neighborhood meeting in April or May, he said.

The association meets at 7 p.m. in the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 S.W. Fifth St., suite 100. The Wal-Mart discussion is tentatively scheduled for about 8 p.m.

It might be a little out of the way for the association that normally sticks to issues in the area around downtown. But Wilson decided the city shouldn't let the public's concerns about the hot hot hot Wal-Mart proposal fester until hearings in a few months before the city's Board of Design Review.

"It might fall under our (neighborhood association committee) because there's no NAC in that area," Wilson said.

"It's a hot topic, to say the least. I'm going to try to have a good meeting about this. If nothing else, peoples' objections can be put in the NAC minutes and the city will read them."

Wilson hopes his neighborhood meeting is a little less raucous than the March 10 informal meeting at the Kingstad Center on Southwest Millikan Way in which hundreds of opponents of the Wal-Mart plan briefly took over the stage and loudly voiced their concerns with the proposal.

For about 45 minutes, a hostile crowd, estimated at between 400 and 650 people, chanted and shouted displeasure with Wal-Mart's plan.

"It was kind of a scene," Wilson said. "I don't even think it was a meeting. What I would like to do is have a formal meeting on this."

Last week's meeting also attracted representatives from Gresham First, a group fighting Wal-Mart's plan to develop a supercenter at the corner of 182nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

A handful of local legislators also attended the meeting, some who were keeping a close eye on the Cedar Mill proposal. State Reps. Brad Avakian, who represents the area, and Mitch Greenlick talked to people in the crowd. State Sen. Charlie Ringo, a Beaverton Democrat, also showed up to look at the plans.

The Bentonville, Ark., retail giant said in early February that it hoped to build its first westside store on the site in the Peterkort development on about nine acres southwest of the intersection of Cedar Hills Boulevard and Barnes Road.

The new store would be somewhat smaller than the company's usual "supercenters." It also would be constructed to blend into the community, said Eric Berger, Wal-Mart's regional community affairs manager in Seattle.

Company officials met two weeks ago with Beaverton city planners to discuss the proposal. Although there is no timetable for the application, Wal-Mart could submit its plan for the store in a couple of months, Berger said.

Representatives of the project developer, Pacland of Milwaukie, are reviewing information gathered during last week's meeting and taking a closer look at traffic issues, Berger said.

Pacland's drawings on display last week at the Kingstad Center showed a 148,668-square-foot retail building to house the Wal-Mart and two separate commercial buildings on the same site: a 4,335-square-foot office complex and a 9,905-square-foot retail structure.

Last week's meeting was designed to provide information about the proposed development, with no presentation by staff. Representatives of Wal-Mart's architecture firm, Perkowitz and Ruth Architects of Portland and its transportation and landscaping firms stood at four stations around the large meeting room with maps and answered questions about the proposal.

People attending the meeting were asked to sign in before walking around to look at the drawings and renderings. A line snaked out the front door of the Kingstad Center for more than an hour as people obliged and wrote questions on small slips of paper.

When people finally got inside and realized there wouldn't be a formal question-and-answer session with city staff or Wal-Mart representatives, they became restless, chanting "We want a formal presentation! We want a formal presentation!"

At one point, opponents grabbed a microphone and took to a small stage at the east end of the meeting room, chanting and calling for Wal-Mart to answer their questions.

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It's too late 17.Mar.2005 21:02


for Beaverton... I've witnessed what has been allowed to happen up and down the 26 corridor. Cluster upon cluster of new homes packed in like sardines. I hate to say it, but a Wal Mart fits right in with the surroundings. Beavertonians, don't try to pretend that you're something that you ain't. If the shoe fits...

It doesn't just affect Beaverton 17.Mar.2005 22:12

Eco Man

It affects all of us in Portland. It's trash city out in Beaverton as in Gresham, Hillsboro, and Hood River, The Dalles, Woodburn, Seaside, Lincoln City, and anywhere else that they spread their corporate alleys. But that doesn't mean that we have to accept it all. If the Beavertrons wake up to the implications of WalMart, they may just wake up to the implications of all the other trash, inclining the auto malls, that they have been living amidst. We have to start somewhere!

One is not enough 17.Mar.2005 23:09

R Drake

I say bring-em-on. In my opinion, one Wal-Mart is
not nearly enough. Seven would do BEAVERton proud.
It would greatly contribute to the suburbanites
insatiable appetite for buying "things" for their
material world.

The whole UGLY burb is virtually paved-over already.

Tell it like it is. 17.Mar.2005 23:26

Anony Moose

I looked at your site:  http://www.savecedarmill.org

How on earth can you state:

We live and work in Cedar Mill because of the high quality of life we experience here.

HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE? How do you figure? Breathing the exhaust 24/7 from US26/OR217 is a quality
experience? Street run-off containing oils, fuels, and asbestos from brake pads soak into
precious mother earth under your feet.
It's a miracle you all don't have three heads and six toes on each foot!

We will not allow sprawl to permanently change the character of our neighborhood.

IT ALREADY HAS - A long damn time ago. The settlers of Washington County are
probably rolling in their graves (that is if they weren't dug up for a new storm
sewer or another 7-11).

Tell it like it is. The sugar coating is sickening. A pig with lipstick is still a pig.

why let them do this to us? 18.Mar.2005 00:27


As some have mentioned, the Beaverton environment has already been tragically spoiled, but that is not a cue for them to resign theirselves to the continuation of that fate. This is an opportunity to show those already resigned, that the tide may be changed. Communities can adopt a new perspective on their surroundings, seize control of the makeup of their communities, and stop the creation of sprawl prisons. WalMart go home.

Give up NOW, tomorrow will be too Late! 18.Mar.2005 10:37

come on, people

Geez, 600 people showing up in Beaverton to boo down a WalMart, is amazing! It inspires me that there are people who still care about anything other than the prescribed bread and circuses at all there. Don't let the naysayers get you down--You go, Beavertonians!

All Pro Sprawl Urbanites need not attend 24.Mar.2005 17:58


Yes its quite entertaining for the starbucked-up masses to be pro-walmart - as long as its not in their back yard.

Last year, Hillsboro, yes HILLSBORO, defeated walmart from building in an already traffic constratined part of town.

I drove by ( yes I DROVE BY ) the propsed site and there is roadwork going on at the 26 interchange as if this thing has already been decided and is proceeding.

What do we have to bring this thing down?

I think the businesses in Peterkort center have everything to lose and not one thing to gain by having walmart as a neighbor. That is where we should focus our attention. The homeowners in the area do not really have much to fight with in this case, except that reduced proprty values are going to lead to reduced taxability.

There is always walmarts behaviour as a something that destroys communities and their corporate vampirism we can pull out of a hat. Why not bring up China, too? Add to that the value of American jobs selling American products and we may gain some ground.

Lakoff and Framing - perhaps an answer to stopping Walmarts? 25.Mar.2005 10:02

Nutmeg Alfredo

Am reading Lakoff's book "Don't Think of an Elephant" right now. Short, easy read. Wonder what the frame is here? I like the idea of going after the support of local soon to be out of business, businesses... Thanks for everyones' support, we'll need it.