2 apartment projects in early planning stages in Madras
Two apartment projects are in the early planning stages in Madras.
On Feb. 19, the Madras Planning Commission will consider a code amendment that would allow for apartments in the Yarrow subdivision.
The proposal is in keeping with the original 2006 master plan for the development, which included townhouses, a golf course, commercial uses, and single-family homes from cottages to houses on lots of more than 13,000 square feet.
But because the master plan was never adopted, the city code wasn't amended.
"What they are proposing is basically a phased development," Assistant Planner Morgan Greenwood said.
That includes a total of five buildings between Bean Drive and Southeast Rock Cress Lane, but "that definitely is not going to spring up overnight," she said.
The first phase of the project would include two buildings with just under 100 units, Greenwood said.
An east Madras development, Yarrow was built on land owned by the Bean Foundation, which originally partnered with Deschutes County-based developers Todd Taylor and Brooks Resources to design and build the ambitious project.
But then the housing market crashed. The Bean Foundation eventually bought out the Deschutes County partner developers. Much of the west side of the development has since been purchased and developed by private individuals. The development is currently single-family homes, some among the nicest in the community.
Salem-based HT Investment Properties, owned by Hans Thygeson, is behind the multi-family unit proposal.
While the city's development team has discussed the project, Thygeson cannot submit an application until the code is amended.
Once that happens and Greenwood deems it complete, partner agencies, including Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, will have a chance to comment. After that, adjacent properties will be notified.
Having enough housing is important for the health of the community, Greenwood said. And for some people, "they're looking for options that we just don't currently have right now."
The other apartment project in its infancy revolves around a partnership between nonprofit Housing Works, Mosaic Medical and St. Charles Madras.
The idea is to build low-income apartments near the new public health campus that will be shared by Mosaic Medical and the Jefferson County Public Health Department.
One drawing shows 10 units, though all of the plans are hypothetical.
The units are proposed to be built at the corner of 16th and Oak streets, and some of them would be earmarked for Mosaic clients with mobility issues.
For now, the project is in the very early stages. A code amendment will be necessary because the site is part of the medical overlay district and is owned by St. Charles.
Because there is a retirement community across the street, "the idea is that that's an existing use that's appropriate for that site," Greenwood said.
"That's affordable housing for a wide variety of populations," she said.
"The main thing that I'm most excited for is just the opportunity for more variety in the community," Greenwood said.
"I think the more options that we are able to provide developers, the more options developers are able to provide residents ..."
That, in turn, enables residents "to live lifestyles that are healthiest and happiest for them," she said.
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