Commissioners remove south Corvallis site from consideration for justice system facilities
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The Benton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today, November 30, 2021, to allow the letter of intent for the south Corvallis site at Kiger Island Road to expire, removing the site from its immediate list of possible locations for future justice system facilities. The letter of intent is set to expire on Wednesday, December 1.
This decision comes after an 18-month site selection process including four months of public engagement. The site selection process and criteria included refining an initial list of over 40 possible sites down to the locations and concepts currently before the Board of Commissioners.
The Board now shifts to considering the two remaining proposed suburban sites in west and north Corvallis. The County currently has a letter of intent to purchase the west site property in Corvallis for the creation of a justice system campus, and is in negotiation on a property in north Corvallis next to Hewlett-Packard. If neither the north nor west sites come to fruition, the County has not ruled out the possibility of reconsidering the south site, should it remain available for purchase.
The County previously identified the north site as one of its top five preferred sites for a justice system campus in 2020. However, the County and landowner were not able to reach a favorable conclusion and discussions at the time halted. In mid-September 2021, the County reinitiated discussions to purchase a property in North Corvallis next to Hewlett-Packard with a representative of McFadden Ranch, LLC.