- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Residents living in a southwest Bend neighborhood are concerned about a plan to build 28 apartment units.

The Bulletin newspaper (http://is.gd/8zSUEw ) reports that people are worried about traffic congestion and increased density in a neighborhood now comprised of quiet, single-family houses. Roughly 25 residents attended a meeting this week at the home of Billie Klein, a retiree who lives near the proposed development.

City zoning lists the neighborhood as an urban medium density residential area. The city’s planning division says the apartments would be allowed for that zoning.

The project will include 22 two-bedroom apartments and six one-bedroom units.

A shortage of rental apartments has been a concern in the fast-growing city. In April, a survey by the Central Oregon Rental Owners Association of its members revealed a vacancy rate of just 0.4 percent for rental apartments and 1.2 percent for houses.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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