Signs of spring, or an economic rebound, or all of the above? Several significant construction projects are moving through the planning process.
Hood River Planning Director Cindy Walbridge gave us a quick overview:
- Sieverkropp Subdivision, has been approved by the city Planning Commission, for 98 units east of Rosauers out to the edge of the Hood River bluff. The project has some broader implications, which we’re hoping to explore with the applicants as time allows.
- Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, pre-application for construction of a new drive-through coffee shop, 6,000-square-foot restaurant and three-bedroom home, on 1.6 acres south across Cascade Avenue from its current location in the Hood River Square shopping center. The applicant is working out details. More later, he told The Buzz.
- A new, two-story building on 12th Street, north of the Pine Street Bakery and tortilla shop, planned by Billy Sullivan, the same gent who spearheaded those earlier projects. In a brief note to The Buzz, Sullivan wrote that he’s working through the design review process, toward the dream: “There are no details yet other than I am planning to remove the old bike shop building and attempt to build a two-story structure with retail on the ground and spartan lofts above.” Submitted plans show Apple Green occupying space on the south side, and a business called Clay’s Smokehouse occupying the north half. Above those businesses, apartments would open to a deck above pavered patio for the ground-level businesses.
- Barone Holdings LLC is pushing ahead with completion of its Willow Ponds Planned Unit Development, at far west end of May Street. The project went on hiatus when the housing market slumped around 2007. Plans call for the new portion to cover 9.8 acres, bringing the whole project to 19.3 acres. Early work since 2003 has led to 23 homes on 27 lots. The project has strict design controls, includes nearly 6 acres of dedicated open space. Bio-swales and native plants thrive on captured runoff. More details later.