Neighbors react to proposed LTD bus station

The eight-acre property used to be the site of Santa Clara Elementary School which closed back in 2002.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 6:24 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 8:45 PM

SANTA CLARA, Ore. -- After years of delay and false starts, a proposed bus station in Santa Clara is moving forward again.

The eight-acre property used to be the site of Santa Clara Elementary School, which closed back in 2002.

Five years later, the land was sold for $7,400,000 to a private developer who proposed a shopping center for the land. Those plans fell through after the great recession.

In 2015, the Lane Transit District bought the property for $3,300,000.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul proposed an overnight parking program for homeless people which never got off the ground.

Jackson Landgreen, a Santa Clara resident, lives directly behind the property near River Road and Green Lane and said he's excited for the upgrade.

"I think it's going to help," he said. "It's finally time to do something with that empty lot. It makes it only a little bit closer for me to go any of the basketball games, football games. I have two kids, well one on the way, and I'm sure they're gonna be utilizing it at some point if we stay in the area."

He said a lot of "unwanted" people hang out on a bike path right next to his house and he hopes those people will choose to make the bus station their new hangout.

Joy Mcclain, a Santa Clara resident who lives right across the street from the property, said she's afraid of people riding buses into the area and bringing crime with them.

"The crime element...we're not really happy about that," she said. "Then it's going to create...depending on what they put on the end here a lot of problems with Hunsaker Road."

Mcclain said when she moved into her home seven months ago, no one told her about the proposed bus station.

"I was very very unhappy," she said.

Officials with LTD said they are open to hearing the community's thoughts on this project. To weigh in, click here.

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