Housing taking off in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes At a budget meeting in April, concerns were expressed about projected housing starts. As it turns out, there was no need for such concerns. Several new projects are either done or in the works for multi-family housing units, including an expansion of the Hawks Pointe Apartments and a couple of senior center facilities. That’s in addition to the upcoming apartments and senior center facility coming to an expanded McLeod Lane in Area C of Keizer Station. And what about single family residential units? They’re being built, too. Permits for new homes have been submitted to the city in higher numbers so far in 2015 than in recent memory. “Last Friday we had 18 residential permits applied for in one day,” city manager Chris Eppley mentioned in a weekly update to staff and city councilors June 26. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, confirmed there were 18 permits applied for in one week, mostly in one day. “It’s because the housing market has heated back up,” Brown said. “Keizer is a desirable place to build. It’s a favorable climate, since our SDCs (System Development Charges) are lower. Our SDCs are $3,000 and change, while Salem is $13,000 and change. But I suspect they’ve also had a bump. It’s not just because of the cheap price.” According to data from the City of...

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