- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - The construction of two new data centers in Prineville has prompted a temporary housing shortage in the central Oregon town.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://goo.gl/1RvDgG) that construction workers are living out of hotels for months at a time because there’s nowhere else to stay.

An informal city survey found that about 17 percent of the town’s 230 hotel rooms have been booked for extended stays. The Central Oregon Rental Owners Association’s 2016 survey says the rental vacancy rate for houses and duplexes hit zero percent this year.

Prineville’s planning director Phil Stenbeck says that doesn’t leave many options for the 500 construction workers who are building new data centers for Facebook and Apple. He says many workers are finding housing in Madras, Redmond or Bend and commuting about 40 miles to work.

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

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