BEND, OR -- An affordable housing complex slated for northeast Bend appears to be moving forward. Bend City Councilors approved zoning changes for the land at 27th and Butler Market Road, then reaffirmed the decision to the state Land Use Board of Appeals. LUBA recently required the Council to justify the change, after an adjacent developer appealed the decision.
John Gilbert, with Pacific Crest Affordable Housing, says the plan is for 64 units for low-income residents. "There's eight buildings, with eight dwelling units in each building; and there's a combination of one, two and three-bedroom units for households earning 60% of area median income or less. We will target rents that will be affordable to households earning 50% of area median income."
Because the adjacent developer didn't attend this week's City Council meeting, the decision to approve the zoning change cannot be appealed again. Gilbert tells KBND News, "If the zoning process goes favorably, we will submit an application for funds, this summer. Then, we will find out this fall if we get the funds to do the project. If we do, we'll be breaking ground in the spring of 2017; with the project finalized in the winter of 2018."
Bend City Councilors are expected to finalize the local zoning change in a couple weeks, and Gilbert expects LUBA to make its final decision about a month later.