Development on Highway 12 near Beaverton clears a hurdle

The development of a parcel of property along Highway 12 near Beaverton is poised to clear a significant hurdle.

At Monday’s (Nov. 18) committee of the whole meeting, township council endorsed a report from planner Debbie Vandenakker voicing no objection to the Region incorporating the subject lands – west of Highway 12 near Beaver Avenue – into the urban boundary.

The land will be designated as a ‘mixed-use corridor’ and could pave the way to a master-planned community in the Beaverton area within the next decade, according to the developer.

“We’re trying to put up some commercial properties, along with a retirement home and some independent-living residences,” said Frank Mazzotta, president of Armour Heights Developments, during an interview in late August.

The commercial development will likely be a blend of restaurants and retail outlets, with some companies having expressed an interest already.

“We have had some interest but haven’t put pen to paper yet,” Mazzotta said.

While the commercial aspect had been discussed when sale of the properties was first broached back in March, he noted that housing for seniors was a prevalent issue in the area.

“It’s needed up here,” he said.

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