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Construction begins on Scholls Ferry apartments

Hundreds of poplar trees removed to make room for 252-unit complex

TIMES PHOTO: GEOFF PURSINGER - Crews have been working for a week to remove several hundred trees near 135th Avenue and Scholls Ferry Road. The site is expected to be the home of a large apartment building.The removal of several hundred trees drew the attention of drivers along Southwest Scholls Ferry Road over the past two weeks.

The trees, a densly-packed forest of poplar trees, were removed in order to make way for a more than 240-unit apartment complex that will be built on the site.

Holland Partner Group, a real estate investment company based in Vancouver, Wash., purchased nearly 10 1/2 acres of land near Southwest 135th Avenue and Scholls Ferry Road last year as the site for those apartments.

Brenner Daniels, development director with Holland, told The Times last year that the site will be home to a 252-unit apartment complex, with one- to three-bedroom apartments for rent at market rates.

The trees weren’t there naturally, Daniels said; they were planted for tax reasons several years ago. Washington County gives tax breaks to property owners — called farm deferrals — to turn their properties into agricultural land.

When finished, the apartment complex is expected to include a salt water pool, a 24-hour fitness center, grilling stations for barbecues and a children’s playground.

Daniels said in 2015 that the area was one of the few places in town the new apartment complex could go.

“It’s a pretty dense area of town, but it’s one of the major infill parcels that is still undeveloped,” he said.