New siding goes up on the Willow Creek Apartments on Oak Street.Extensive remodeling is being done on the Willow Creek and Madison apartment complexes in Madras, which are both owned by Crooked River Apartments LLC of Enterprise.

The work is part of a $10 million project to update, weatherize and help preserve the two complexes in Madras, along with Wintergreen Apartments in Redmond, owned by the same company, according to Douglas Alley with Pinnacle Architecture Inc. of Bend, which is the project’s architectural firm. The contractor doing the work is WC construction.

Goals of the remodeling include improving handicap accessibility with all new sidewalks, and increasing longevity of the buildings, both inside and outside, by putting on new siding with durable materials, which will need only minimal maintenance over the next 30 years.

Locally, the 40 Willow Creek units and 30 Madison units will have improved energy efficiency with the installation of an improved heating and cooling system, more insulation, water-reducing fixtures, and energy-efficient windows and doors.

New playgrounds are being built for children, landscaping is being redone with low-water use native plants, and storm water features will be added to the areas’ drainage system.

Inside, the units are receiving new cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and flooring.

The remodeling of the three complexes is being funded with $2.6 million from Enterprise Community Investors (tax credits through Oregon Housing and Community Services), a $2.4 million USDA Rural Development loan, and a $206,800 low-income weatherization loan and $4.6 million housing preservation loan, both from Oregon Housing.

The project is expected to be substantially completed by the end of the year.

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