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Project planners have reduced plans for the construction site near Gabriel Park to 25 new single family homes

Roughly two dozen new homes are planned for Portland's Multnomah neighborhood.

A proposal to build 25 new single-family detached homes in the 4400 block of Canby Street near Gabriel Park is in the planning and permitting stages with the city.

RENDERING COURTESY OF WINTERBROOK PLANNING - A rendering shows a prototype of one of the home model types that could be available if the city approves a new 25-home housing development in Southwest Portlands Multnomah neighborhood.As planned, the Canby Street housing development would contain a mix of 1,800- to 2,300-square foot homes with garages, under a condominium ownership structure. The condo format is due to the need for a large, private shared sewer system.

Project planners expect the homes will be marketed in the low-to-mid $600,000 range for smaller models and low-to-mid $700,000 price point for larger houses. Portland planning documents indicate the company plans to develop new homes on two lots spanning about 4.6 acres.

The project's planning firm, Winterbrook Planning, recently scaled back plans from 39 units to 25, and project representatives told Multnomah neighborhood residents that the company plans to try to preserve as many trees on the site as possible, while planting 70 new trees. They said scaling back the number of homes will also reduce traffic impacts on the neighborhood.

Winterbrook is a consulting firm managing the project on behalf of the developer, Scotia Western States Housing.

"We modified the site design to preserve the trees along SW Canby that are important to the neighborhood, as well as every Douglas fir tree on the site," Jesse Winterowd of Winterbrook Planning, said via email.

Tree and habitat preservation has been a sticking point for residents in the neighborhood. During prior project meetings with the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, residents noted tree preservation, stormwater treatment plans, watershed impacts, traffic impacts and overall flow with the character of the neighborhood as concerns.

Winterowd said project planners have paid close attention to the concerns and requests of Southwest residents.

"We refined protection plans for existing trees and increased the buffer area around natural resources on site," Winterowd said, noting all the original plans called for protection of all natural resource areas on site.

Planners are also working with Portland Bureau of Transportation and are open to a Local Improvement District, if PBOT opts to establish one in the area.

A summary of a May 6 meeting with the Multnomah Neighborhood Association indicates Winterbrook and Scotia have expressed interest in helping the city fund pedestrian safety features and other improvements along SW Canby Street.

Some of the road improvements required of the development will displace current residents. At least one home, which local residents refer to in meeting notes as the "Hutchinson House" will be demolished to make room for the new construction.

Multnomah residents have chimed in with concerns, questions and requests over the past year. The Multnomah Neighborhood Association is likely to submit comments to the city, asking

"I will make a motion for the neighborhood to submit an official response to the PUD application imploring the city to implement our previous requests," Maria Thi Mai, a member and immediate past-president of the neighborhood association, said.

The project has yet to receive a construction permit from the city. Project reps said they're waiting for city planners to deem the development application "complete" before seeking a development permit.

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