A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A new dwelling on N.E. Water Avenue

Written August 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The site at 2150 Water Ave. N.E. looked like this on Tuesday afternoon.

Part of the 2100 block of Northeast Water Avenue in Albany is narrow and parallels the broad right-of-way of the Portland & Pacific railroad on the south side of the tracks. The street is on the bike route I often take along the Willamette riverfront. The last few times I noticed a new construction site, prompting this:

As it turns out, this is the construction site not of a regular site-built house. The building permit available on the website of the Albany Community Development Department says it’s for a new manufactured home of 1,333 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

So what I was looking at Tuesday afternoon evidently was the slab on which this new home is going to be placed.

Leisureland Homes is listed as the contractor. The property is owned by Clear Path Home Buyers, a part of the Spies Real Estate Group of Corvallis.

The Spies company is developing two major projects of multi-family housing in south Albany. By comparison to those, the manufactured home at 2150 N.E. Water is a modest adddition to Albany’s housing stock.

But when it comes to meeting the demand for housing, every little step helps, especially when it makes use of a vacant lot in an old neighborhood where utilities and streets are already in place. (hh)

6 responses to “A new dwelling on N.E. Water Avenue”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    Two blocks from the sewer plant, next to the railroad tracks, a manufactured home.

    Definitely falls into the “affordable” category. Like you said, “every little step helps.”

    I predict future letters to the city complaining about sound and smell.

    • Bob Woods says:

      So what Gordon? Shut those people down because they might complain? Or recognize that because of the location it might be a lot more affordable, so they can build equity over time.

      Let the marketplace decide is my motto.

      • Jim Krupke says:

        Unlike Mr. Shadle’s motto of, “Let no Hasso blog go uncommented with my wisdom, accuracy, and local perspective.”

      • Gordon L. Shadle says:

        Who said “shut those people down”?

        I have no problem with you offering a different perspective, Bob, but don’t make things up.

        • Bob Woods says:

          “I predict future letters to the city complaining about sound and smell.”

          If that isn’t a shot against folks, what is? Maybe you should learn to trim your exposition to what’s pertinent. Your last sentence was a rhetorical shot.

  2. CHEZZ says:

    Looks like a step in the right direction for affordable housing!


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