A question about the old Red-E-Mix site in Forest Grove comes shortly before an Oct. 16 meeting that could affect it.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The old Van Doren Red-E-Mix site on Main Street and 26th Avenue will likely be replaced with apartments, though not anytime soon.One reader thought she'd heard the site of the old Van Doren Red-E-Mix concrete plant at Main Street and 26th Avenue had been sold. So what's going on there?

According to James Reitz, a senior planner for the city, the property has not yet sold. It is zoned for apartments at 20 units per acre. The city has had preliminary discussions with two different parties about developing an apartment building there but neither has yet applied to do so.

"What we're hearing from apartment developers is that the density allowances (in Forest Grove) need to be greater to make apartment buildings more viable — not just at this site but in the high-density zone generally," Reitz said.

At its Oct. 16 meeting in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., the Forest Grove Planning Commission will be reviewing the possibility of increasing allowable density up to 30 units per acre.

"It seems likely there will be an increase but it's too soon to tell whether it will be 30 or not," Reitz said.

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