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Management is expecting to accept tenants in December at Chehalem Pointe on Villa Road

GARY ALLEN - Construction on Chehalem Point Apartments, 1317 Villa Road, is moving along and owners expect to begin accepting new tenants the first part of December. JK Management has started a waiting list and expect the apartments to fill up quickly due to the city's housing shortage, company officials said.

Construction of Chehalem Point Apartments on 1317 Villa Road is on schedule and nearing completion with all of the buildings framed and plots of land set aside for parking and landscaping. What's more, although the complex's owners are not yet giving tours, units are starting to fill up because of the high demand for housing in Newberg.

"We are hopeful to get the first three buildings opened up the first part of December," Kim McAvoy, president of JK Management Co., said. "The remaining units will come on staggered after that. We're working with our subcontractors and keep moving forward. Fortunately, we had all of the contractors lined up and ready to go and they are ones that we have used for years and they've continued to work for us, so we haven't had to stop production or anything."

Construction began in January on the 140 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments located on on 5.9 acres of land at the corner of Villa Road and Park Lane. The complex is divided between two- and three-story buildings that will feature 45 one-bedroom 700-square-foot apartments, 46 two-bedroom apartments that are 900 square feet in size and 49 three bedrooms that top 1,100 square feet.

"So far, so good. We feel really good about the timing," McAvoy said. "Once we started moving along they've gone according to schedule. There is a lot of labor shortage and we have been able to keep working through it. It is definitely out there, which is good too because it means that everybody's got work and jobs."

A left turn lane constructed on Villa Road was designed to reduce north-bound traffic congestion when people start moving into the complex. JK Management had previously agreed with the city to pay toward the costs of realigning Villa Road to make the road safer and more visually appealing.

The apartments are advertised on Apartments.com, although pricing won't be set for a few weeks, McAvoy said. Right now they are working on updating the website to add some basic information and in time photographs will be added.

"Our last project we opened, we didn't really have to do anything," he said. "People drove by and were ready to start renting because of the way that the market is going these days. The market is tight and people are ready for a home when they can get in there."

The design of the buildings feature pitched roofs, boar-and-batten siding and two-tone paint colors to break up the massive units. Parking spaces will be available for each unit with places for visitors to park as well. Most of the units will have a patio or balcony, except those on the west side facing neighboring properties.

Landscaping is slated along the property line on Villa Road and mingled among the parking and living areas; 47 percent of the site will be landscaped.

To inquire about the apartments or be added to the waiting list, visit www.jkmanage.com.

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