|Eugene's "Working Flats," a very fine 1909 Craftsman 4-plex|
on the National Register
The existing design standards are generally geared toward large, suburban-type projects and are therefore not well suited for smaller multifamily housing projects. The standards have thus been identified as potential barriers to development.
|The City's image: Cookie-cutter three-story walkup and parking lot|
From the City again:
The community is invited to a public workshop on the design of multifamily housing on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library, Anderson Rooms, 585 Liberty Street SE. The public will have the opportunity to provide input on ways to improve the City’s housing design standards.So I guess we'll see. There are no documents published to the project website yet.
The workshop is part of the Multifamily Housing Design project, which seeks to update the City’s regulations on housing developments with three or more dwelling units. The project aims to help meet Salem’s housing needs by removing barriers to multifamily housing development and ensuring new development is compatible with neighborhoods.
The City kicked off this project in December and has since held focus groups with neighborhood association representatives, City officials, and developers. Based on this feedback, initial concepts for updating the City’s multifamily housing regulations are being developed and will be presented at the Feb. 27 public workshop.
|The Working Flats again, on 6th & Lawrence and the BRT line|
|Each apartment is 3BR! They're huge, half a floor,|
but occupy a normal-sized lot (NRHP nomination)
|Here's a modern Craftsman duplex in Salem, on Statesman St. NE|
|from "Visualizing Compatible Density"|
|It's an "overview," but it doesn't segment the market much|
from the annual Commercial Real Estate Forum
earlier this month
|Just rent averages by size, and no further segmenting|
If markets are segmented, then building middle-income housing would be vastly more helpful than only building luxury housing because instead of filtering from the top down, the benefits would filter from the middle out. While the market is unlikely to ever provide high-quality, low-income housing without public subsidy, in the past the market did provide plenty of middle-income housing and it could again.And here's a couple of helpful breakdowns of the costs of new housing, one for Portland and one for Seattle.
In the meantime, as a kind of footnote, up in Seattle a hearing on housing a couple days ago brought out smears and fears of the "Density Bolsheviks."
|Protesting the "Density Bolsheviks" at Seattle City Council|
And as it happens, exactly 100 years ago there was in fact a general strike in Seattle, and the IWW and "Bolshevik element" were blamed.
A generation or more before McCarthy, blaming the "Bolsheviks" became an effective slur!
|February 8th, 1919|
|February 14th, 1919|
Since there are no materials posted for the workshop, there's really nothing much to say other than we should want more housing and a greater variety of housing. Again, it's at 6pm in the Library on Wednesday the 27th.
(We'll come back to this, in this design standard context, around the housing reforms at the Legislature, and of course around the Comprehensive Plan update!)
Oh yeah. Forgot to mention...the Working Flats in Eugene with four homes takes up no more space than the single-family houses out at Fairview Addition.
|The lot and footprint is about the same for the Working Flats|