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With paper mill closed, Oregon City prepares to give Willamette Falls a new look

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Oregon City is preparing to get rid of what many consider to be an eye sore that has been taking up space along the Willamette River for years.

The city is asking people across the state to help design the future for the former Blue Heron Paper Company in Oregon City's downtown area.

The paper company closed after filing for bankruptcy in 2011.

The city's Willamette Falls Legacy Project is a nine-month visioning and master-planning process to redevelop the 23-acre site next to Willamette Falls. The project kicked off Saturday, and many in Oregon City said they're hoping to see a park or a new housing development go up in place of the old paper company.

"I didn't even realize this was going on, so it's great. It's been closed, it's been kind of a sore thumb, so it'd great to see something new and nice in there," said Rosa Adams, who lives in Oregon City.

Willamette Falls is the largest falls in Oregon. City officials said they hope the project will inspire Oregonians to reclaim their heritage and come up with something everyone can enjoy.

For more information, visit rediscoverthefalls.com.

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