Status of rentals near Burgerville proving to be complex question
The status of the recently completed Villas at Oak Point complex in the Robinwood neighborhood remains a mystery — even to the Lake Oswego-based developer who was the applicant when the Planned Unit Development (PUD) was originally proposed in 2014.
The developer, David Emami, told the Tidings that he retired midway through the construction process for the 13 duplex buildings (26 units) that comprise Villas at Oak Point — which was originally called Shady Hollow Village and is located at the intersection of Willamette Drive and Shady Hollow Drive — and he is no longer aware of its day-to-day operations or future plans.
Construction is complete and the City of West Linn's conditions of approval for use of the site have been met, according to West Linn Planning Manager John Boyd. West Linn Building Official James Clark said the complex received a certificate of occupancy Feb. 19, but more than a month later the units remain empty.
"The owner has not placed the complex on the market. That step has caused many people to ask questions," Boyd said. "It is private property and the decision rests with the owners."
Villas at Oak Point does have a website that describes the "newest luxury rental development in West Linn."
"2- and 3-bedroom units offer high quality living, private garage space and plenty of on site parking," the website reads. "Every interior is perfectly balanced with your comfort and convenience in mind."
A "Contact Us" page offers tours of the property, but only a fill-in-the-box email message system and no phone number.
Emami said he had no official comment about the property because he was no longer directly involved.
"I'm not their spokesperson," Emami said. "It's a mystery to me as well as to you."
He added that he has received dozens of calls inquiring about the status of the property.