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Scappoose planning commission approves application for site development review for 80 units

COURTESY OF WDC PROPERTIES - A rendering of the 80-unit apartment complex planned by WDC Properties includes the historic Peace Candle.The Scappoose Planning Commission has approved the application for site development review submitted for the Peace Candle property.

WDC Properties, the development company which purchased the property, has submitted preliminary plans for building an 80-unit apartment complex for the site.

The property will have 32 studio units, 24 one-bedroom units, and 24 two-bedroom units. There will also be 104 vehicle parking spaces and parking for 40 bicycles. According to a press release from WDC, the project will include an exercise facility and playground.

The Peace Candle will remain on-site, but other structures on the property were demolished earlier this year.

As of press time, a spokesperson for WDC had not responded to questions about the project timeline. The press release said the company planned to start development this winter, but it isn't clear when actual construction would begin or conclude.COURTESY ILLUSTRATION: CITY OF SCAPPOOSE - The Scappoose planning commission approved plans for an 80-unit apartment complex designed by Studio 3 Architecture for WDC Properties.

In May, WDC founder Mark Madden said he hoped to obtain permits to start construction over the summer. Madden estimated that construction would take 12 to 14 months.

Madden said earlier this year that the apartment complex would be named the Candlelight Apartments.

The 1.9-acre property was purchased last summer by Madden through a limited liability corporation called VW 1 PDX and later transferred to S2 PDX LLC.

The city's planning department did not receive any written comments from the public before the planning commission's meeting or any appeal after the application was approved, city planner Laurie Oliver said.

Government agencies, including the fire marshal, utility providers, city public works department and Oregon Department of Transportation, did not voice any opposition to the plan, nor did the Portland & Western Railroad, whose line is adjacent to the property.


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