BY ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
It’s just a pile of dirt now, but this empty lot in Redmond is set to become a 38-unit affordable housing apartment complex.
“It’s a multiple site project, we actually have a 23-unit structure in Madras that’s part of this project as well,” said David Brandt, executive director for Housing Works.
Officials broke ground on the complex Monday morning, and it’s not the only complex Housing Works has planned.
Just across the street from Red Canyon is the future site of a 29 unit complex for the developmentally disabled.
Housing Works was awarded funding from the state in April through the Local Innovation Fast Track program, otherwise known as LIFT, to help pay for the $9 million complexes in Redmond and Madras.
“It’s a program that’s funded from general obligation bonds,” Brandt said. “The state just passed another round of bond funding for 150 million dollars last biennium, so the next two years there will be two more rounds of funding like this.”
Red Canyon isn’t the only apartment complex that Housing Works has, well, in the works. They’re also planning a three story apartment complex right here on the one acre stretch across from Lava Lanes in Bend.
“We received funding for that in June, we’re in the process of getting our final entitlements, it meets all zoning requirements already,” Brandt said.
Housing Works hopes to open the 24 unit apartment complex, which will be made up of studio and one bedroom units, by Spring of 2021.
The Red Canyon Apartments in Redmond and Madras are slated to open sometime in late 2020.
Brandt says he hopes the additional housing will help address he calls a crisis.
“We have a tremendous number of our residents in this region who are rent burdened, they struggle on a daily basis trying to find apartments that they can afford,” he said. “So this will give a little bit of relief to that.”