The City of Tillamook is moving forward with ideas for different brainstormed concepts for the empty lot on 1st and Main, where the old Shell station once stood, and will have more discussions at the Beautification meeting on July 8.
At the last Beautification meeting on Monday, June 10, the Committee began the process of reviewing brainstormed ideas that were generated from the Council’s workshop so that they will be able to develop a proposal to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the use of the lot.
ODOT has blocked the old accesses to the property with barricades to discourage people from driving on to the property and is currently working with the city on what they would like to see done with the property, according to Louis Torres from ODOT. ODOT asked for a proposal from the city two months ago.
Based upon the input that was received from the meeting, and the fact that only the southbound side of the lot is open for access, any features of the Shell station must be removable by crane. Perforating the cap of the station and leaving the holes open as tree wells is not possible and other perforations that are resealed are expensive due to dealing with contaminated soil.
“Because of the roots and the tree well, it would let rain water in, which would mix with the contamination and possibly spread it,” said Paul Wyntergreen, city manager.
The committee has already eliminated some of the concepts due to restrictions, including the construction of a column, a visitor’s center, a ‘Made in Tillamook’ store, a gazebo, a Welcome reader board signage, an elk statue, a metal kinetic sculpture, or parking.
The committee kept the following concepts, either by themselves or in a combination, which doesn’t have any contamination restrictions: A Native American interpretive streetscape or landscape, a Veterans’ memorial, a Chinook sculpture, a fountain, a flagpole, the Tillamook High School plaza, tree clusters in certain areas without a cap, and wildflowers and landscaping.
According to Wyntergreen, the city is expecting to present a final proposal to ODOT in August or September.