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Despite delays revolving around funding for the affordable housing, the hope is to break ground this fall.

COURTESY PHOTO - A preliminary rendering of the proposed project on the B Site at Pacific Avenue and B Street in Forest Grove. The project has been delayed but the hope is to begin construction this fall.Forest Grove's Site B Project, the planned grocery store and affordable housing project on Pacific Avenue and B Street, won't break ground until later this year.

Originally estimated to break ground this past spring, the project was pushed back to sometime this fall due to logistical challenges, according to the city.

"What's causing the project to take longer is working on the affordable housing aspects of the project," Forest Grove Administrative Services Director Paul Downey said. "(The developer is) working with Washington County on seeing whether there's any other bond money available for that project, and that takes time."

The city approved an agreement with owner and operator WelshCORP LLC last year, clearing the way for what plans to be a 20,000-square-foot grocery store and apartment complex at the corner of Pacific Avenue and B Street in Forest Grove, adjacent to the Jesse Quinn Apartments.

WelshCORP owns and operates similar grocery outlets at the Oregon coast, including Manzanita Fresh Foods and Fresh Foods in Cannon Beach.

The existing coastal stores are full-service grocery establishments, specializing in natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan and environmentally friendly products, as well as traditional favorites. While it's not New Seasons Market, Trader Joe's or another popular niche grocery brand, Forest Grove Community Development Director Brian Pohl told the News-Times last summer that there are similarities between the familiar outlets and what WelshCORP will bring to the table.

"I'll tell you, these guys are a grocer of that caliber," Forest Grove Community Development Director Brian Pohl told the News Times last summer. "They stock a lot of local foods and they really walk the walk when it comes to local sustainable sort of produce, wines and everything like that. They live by the same ethic and the customer base is very similar."

When finished, the project will have 20 affordable housing units, eligible to residents who spent 30% of their household income on housing for a family that earns 60% of an area's median income.

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