GRANTS PASS, Ore. —The city of Grants Pass is hoping to help locals in need with additional housing, by applying for an Oregon Community Foundation grant. It hopes to open a Project Turnkey facility after other ones are in the works in Ashland and Medford.
The Grants Pass City Council sent a letter to the Oregon Community Foundation asking for its support for the new development. This comes after the Oregon Legislature set aside $65 million for the purpose of acquiring hotels and operating them as congregate housing facilities.
In Medford, the Redwood Inn, a 47-room motel on Riverside Avenue, is getting an upgrade to help people affected by Covid and southern Oregon’s fires. It’s the same situation for a Super 8 Motel location in Ashland.
The targeted site for the project in Grants Pass is the Sunset Inn Motel.
“Ashland is having the issues, Medford’s having these issues, Grants Pass is having the issues we’re not alone here so I’m not surprised to see it rather popular because all these communities have the need,” said Dwight Faszer II, Grants Pass City Council President.
The application is being finalized by the city. If the grant request gets approved, construction could start at the Sunset Inn Motel, as soon as June.
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