West Valley View project including investment in a new downtown street network, conceived in 2004 as a way to open up approximately 15 acres of undeveloped land immediately adjacent to the historic core, resolve a dangerous and confusing downtown intersection, and increase transportation capacity for a town projected to double in 20 years.
Extensive public input went into envisioning the future land uses and 3-leg roundabout concept. It also included identification of a new site for a popular community theater and public plaza design to be created as an amenity for future mixed use development.
Phase I which will extend Main Street to a new roundabout and create a new 36-space “parking street” will be fully completed in Fall 2015, with construction of the public plaza on excess right of way near the roundabout. Construction has taken five years in response to available funding and right-of-way acquisition. In 2008, there was also a request from the City for the URA to sunset three years early, which impacted borrowing capacity at a time when the actual land and construction costs were unknown.
The final leg of the roundabout, Phase II, has been engineered and ready to construct whenever right-of-way negotiations are successful. The success of Phase 1 and improving economy has resulted in the City doing away with the early sunset date for TURA and hopes for Phase II to be built before 2019.
Camelot Theatre, a small community theater in the heart of downtown Talent, operated in a former feed store on land that was acquired for Phase I road construction. After two-and-a-half years of negotiation, a win-win solution was created with TURA purchasing the adjacent lot so Camelot could build a new state-of-the-art theater under a leaseback arrangement. To accommodate parking for the theater and future business, TURA designed a double wide “parking street” in lieu of a traditional parking lot; today, the 100-seat theater is a key anchor to the downtown and enjoys sold out performances year round.