Earlier this year, the Redmond planning commission approved another subdivision within the city limits, and this time, the development is addressing affordable housing needs.
The 220-unit Canyon Ridge Cottage Development will feature 121 single family homes, 34 duplexes, 38 town homes and 27 cottages that developer Patrick Ginn said will be reasonably priced — something Redmond lacks.
“The diversity of the neighborhood is a positive thing,” Ginn said. “There’s a good mix of different types of housing that creates a unique neighborhood. There’s 3 acres of park (land), and the geography right on the canyon has the views. It’s a cohesive neighborhood.”
The 55.5-acre project — at 1300 NW Pershall Way — was approved by the City Council in January. The cottages and town homes will be in the first phase of development and will be marketed to younger individuals living on their own or older residents looking for low-maintenance living, according to staff reports.
Family homes on the canyon will be priced higher, based on the location, but the project meets a couple of Redmond’s most pressing housing needs, Ginn said.
“We can address another issue, which is job growth,” he said. “There’s a portion that certainly meets the (affordable housing) need, and as you move more toward the canyon ridge, the housing is geared toward younger families, working professionals or retirees. It will be a nice neighborhood with good views. So it will accomplish that goal, too.”
There will be variety in the lot sizes for the 1,000-square-foot cottage units, varying by a couple hundred feet, said Scott Woodford, Redmond senior planner.
The Redmond community will benefit from a neighborhood park in the Canyon Ridge Development. Possible trail connections could be added as an extension of the Dry Canyon Trail, Woodford said.
The Canyon Ridge subdivision is one of two recent development projects in Redmond. The Dry Canyon Village will bring 504 units with a gated community for senior living just southwest of the cottages. The two developments are close to Elton Gregory Middle and Tom McCall Elementary schools and a 36-acre property that will be developed into a community park.
More than 1,000 units have been approved through master plans since 2016 to help accommodate projected population growth in Redmond. The city expects to build 280 to 300 units a year, setting the city up for the long game, said Keith Witcosky, city manager.
“Getting those smaller units helps us achieve density goals and to be able to accommodate the growth that’s happening,” he said. “If the economy doesn’t tank, that’s five to seven years of buildup. We are also hoping supply and demand will come into play and that the cost will come down to match wages. That means more people have the opportunity to buy housing or to occupy their own homes.”
Developers are working to get construction permits, but the project could break ground as early as this fall, Ginn said.
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