Ashland residents express concern over proposed housing development

ASHLAND, Ore. — A proposed housing development in Ashland is causing some concern for residents.

The planning commission approved it Tuesday night but isn’t heading to city council just yet.

While many residents agree there’s a need for additional housing, some are concerned a larger unit would have a negative impact on the neighborhood.

The 15-unit project would be built at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Park Street.  It would consist of six apartment buildings, a separate laundry facility, and a 30-space parking lot.

Aman Buckingham, a nearby neighbor, said he thinks the area needs more affordable housing.

Don Dolan, who has lived in the area for 24 years, doesn’t support the proposal and worries about additional noise and traffic.

“I just know how many cars come down Park Street and how many come across Siskiyou Boulevard and turn on Park Street,” Dolan said. “I am careful going out always,” he stated.

The only structure on the open lot property is an 895-square-foot shop, that would be demolished.

The planning commission will be meeting to finalize their decision next month.

Once the final plan goes to city council, the public will be allowed to weigh in before an official vote is taken.

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