The location of the property makes sense for industrial development. With easy access to the highway, access to electrical power (there is a substation on the HP campus), and as the largest parcel of bare land in Northwest Corvallis, the property is well-positioned for development. It is currently zoned general industrial within the County, and the applicant has requested the same zoning with the City.
Over the years, the Chamber has received inquiries from businesses that are looking for large buildable sites. The Corvallis Municipal Industrial Airport has some large sites, but there remain questions about access to reliable power, concerns about commercial traffic through a school zone (Lincoln Elementary) and the distant location from other commercial properites, for employee acess to restaurants and services. The airport has been a hard sell. The McFadden on the other hand does not share those concerns.
Annexation will provide City fire protection, access to City water and sewer, and all the other amenities that come with being within the City limits. It will make the property more appealing to business locators - which may result in more jobs for our region.
All in all, it is a win for the City and our community. We support annexation of the McFadden property.