A new building is being added to River Road Apartments. KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

An apartment complex on Keizer’s main drag is expanding.

River Road Apartments, a 21-unit complex at 5115 River Road N., is adding six apartment units and a bank of garages that can be rented to tenants. [MAP: 14]

Valerie White, director of property management for Rushing Real Estate, said Multi-Construction will be adding three three-bedroom and three two-bedroom units as well as eight garages.

Each will have washers and dryers along with single garages.

It’s part of an effort to upgrade the complex, which White said had seen better days when it was purchased by Barnes – River Road LLC in March.

“It’s gone through several owners in the past few years,” White said. “… There were five or six units that hadn’t had any power in over a year. It was in pretty bad disrepair.”

“We’ve been actively going through every single one of the units and upgrading them all.”

Construction is slated to begin in mid-August, should all relevant permits be obtained, with an opening date in mid-2011.