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Canby City Council gives OK to Fred Meyer service station


The Canby City Council has approved plans by Fred Meyer Inc. to build a service station at Highway 99E and South Locust Street.

The councilors voted 5-0 Wednesday night in favor of the fuel center planned for the southwest corner of the intersection. The planning commission recommended July 22 that council approve the project.

The Fred Meyer plans were opposed from the start by the Save Downtown Canby group, represented by Mike Connors of the Portland law firm of Hathaway Koback Connors LLP. The Save Downtown Canby group is made of three to four local businesses, including existing service stations.

Council did attach a proviso that Fred Meyer set aside appropriate funds to analyze and mitigate traffic issues that the project might cause for Second Avenue.

The decision will go into effect once council signs the final written order, possibly at its Oct. 2 meeting. Then opponents of the project will have 21 days to appeal the decision to the Land Use Board of Appeals.

Fred Meyer wants to build a six-pump fuel center at the corner of Highway 99E and South Locust Street. The Meyer organization bought the three-quarters of an acre property from Oliver Lang LLC.

As proposed the Fred Meyer fuel center would have a 3,956-square foot canopy, a 176-square foot attendant kiosk, two underground storage tanks, three employee parking spaces and access driveway from Highway 99E and Second Avenue.

The Fred Meyer service station will be the sixth along Highway 99E in Canby.

One, a Union 76 station, sits just across Locust Street from the Fred Meyer site.