If you drive along Ryals Avenue in Benton County, the construction you see south of the road is the result of the desire by the city of Adair Village to be more than a tiny bedroom community. It wants to be a bigger town.
Somebody asked me what the construction there was all about, and on Tuesday I asked Pat Hare, the city administrator. It’s the start of a single-family housing development by the Cornerstone company, based in the Portland area.
Last September, the city government approved the “Calloway Creek planned development subdivision” on 41 acres south of Ryals Avenue and east of Highway 99W. The development calls for 198 houses there, to be built in four phases. The first phase, for which the streets and utilities are being put in now, will have 59 houses.
Adair has a population of about 900. Hare told me this is not the only subdivision in the works, and the town could grow close to 3,000 over the next decade or so.
Some years ago, Adair annexed land so many more people could live there. One plan, for a 500-lot subdivision, fell through because of the recession. But now building has resumed.
The town wants to get more stores and services than the handful it has. And for that to happen, it needs more people first.
Albany, Corvallis and other towns around here are also adding houses and residents at a pretty good clip. But nobody is building any more roads to accommodate all the additional driving back and forth that this implies. So if you plan on living or working in the mid-valley over the next 20 years, good luck with your commute. (hh)