Cherry Creek project gets $3.2 million from state

A controversial multi-family housing project in east Medford is the recipient of more than $3.2 million in state funds.

The Oregon State Housing Council has approved nearly $40 million in grants, loans and tax credits to housing developers throughout the state during the 2011 funding cycle. The money will help fund 810 units of affordable housing at 24 sites.

The first phase of the Housing Authority of Jackson County's 100-unit Cherry Creek Apartments complex will receive $200,000 in General Housing Account Program funds, $820,000 through the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program and $2 million from the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit Program. The combined funds are designated for the project's first 50 units near Donahue-Frohnmayer Park.

Residents in the neighborhood have filed an appeal of the Medford Site Plan and Architectural Commission's approval of the project on land zoned for 20 housing units per acre.

An appeal is likely to be heard by the City Council on Sept. 1.

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