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City officials say housing crisis is real

PENDLETON, Oregon – At this week’s meeting of the Pendleton City Council local developers and landlords complained of the city’s continued push for more housing and offering incentives to some developers.

“Some current property owners and property management folks aren’t particularly happy with that, but we’ve got studies that show we need housing,” Mayor John Turner said. “Some property owners downtown think that the increased number of apartments might take away from them or make them lower their rents. I can understand that.”

City Manager Robb Corbett said that it’s clear the housing shortage is real.

“If the market isn’t there to build apartments, then a developer is not going to get a bank loan to build the apartments,” he said.


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