New housing projects on the horizon
An 850-unit housing project near Settlemier Avenue and Parr Road is moving forward in the city approval process. The Smith Creek Development Project, proposed by development company Stafford Land Company, is complete and will be presented for public hearings to the Woodburn Planning Commission in September.
The Smith Creek project would build 600 houses, almost 100 townhouses and more than 100 multi-family units 150 acres northwest of 690 Ben Brown Lane. The construction extends from Ben Brown Lane west to Harvard Drive. Public amenities will be included in the project, including a cycling and walking path between South Settlemier Avenue and Stubb Road along a tributary of Mill Creek, and a combination of private and public open space and parkland. Construction will take place in several phases over the course of five to eight years.
The first public hearing for the project is scheduled for the planning commission meeting in the second week of September. The planning commission and Woodburn City Council will conduct hearings on Smith Creek's compliance with the Woodburn Development Ordinance before final approval is considered.
Across town, the nonprofit organization Catholic Community Services Foundation is requesting the Woodburn City Council adopt a local option provision allowing nonprofit organizations to apply for property tax exemptions for low-income housing units. CCS provides low-income housing in Marion County and is the relatively new owner of Mount Angel's St. Joseph Shelter and its neighboring migrant farmworker apartment building Casa Adele.
CCS is in the process of opening a new low-income development in Woodburn, Villa Esperanza, a 16-apartment complex in the 1200 block of Lincoln Street next to Woodburn Foursquare Church. The apartments would be near Washington Elementary School and near two other affordable housing developments owned by Marion County Housing Authority: Wood Park Terrace and Hazelwood Estates. The complex will have three two-story buildings and include a community center, laundry room and private meeting rooms so that social service providers can meet directly with families living at the apartments.