Micro apartments? Not in our neighborhood, Hollywood residents say
PORTLAND, Ore. - Some residents in Portland's Hollywood District do not want a micro apartment building to be built where a single-family home now stands and they staged a protest on Wednesday to get their voices heard.
Footprint developers out of Seattle hope to build a 56-unit, five-story building at 1525 N.E. 41st Avenue. The units are no larger than a master bedroom, share a kitchen and there are no plans to provide parking for residents.
While neighbors in the area have several reasons for not wanting the development, it's the no parking plan that has really become a sticking point for them.
"It's not going to be 41st Avenue anymore," protester Susie Shepherd said. "It's going to be 41st parking lot. That's truly what it's going to be."
"It is going to bring more cars and more overcrowding," said protester Michele McKimmy. "We need to have discussions on development - not just stick apartment buildings in here because someone wants to make money."
The developer says the location is great because it is near a transit stop and across the street from a Trader Joe's. They have built similar projects in Seattle.
The apartments would provide fully-furnished housing for under $900 a month and the utilities would be paid. The developer believes the project will not only provide affordable housing, but will bring in around $2 million a year to the local economy.
The project still needs approval from the City of Portland. Developers hope to start building in the spring. Meanwhile, protesters said they are not giving up and will continue to fight the development.