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Mayor Understands CCHC Decision Not To Proceed With Housing Project

Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn says he was mildly surprised that Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation announced this week it was discontinuing efforts towards an affordable housing project in Hood River’s Morrison Park, otherwise known as Lot 700, but understands their decision to step away.  The not-for-profit affordable housing developer said because the agency had not been successful in securing the necessary funding to advance in the face of legal opposition.to the project, it would not pursue it further.  The Hood River City Council’s latest affirmation of a zone change for the property is currently before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and Blackburn says the Council will discuss how to proceed in that area during an executive session in their meeting on Monday.  Blackburn says there currently is no viable second option available to partner on a housing project on the property.  He noted while they do have other possible locations to consider, none are free and clear for such a use.