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Adams still fighting to bring housing to Centralia

Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:23 am

Darren Adams discussing the Centralia business climate.

Darren Adams discussing the Centralia business climate.

‘This market is crying for homes in the $120,000 to $200,000 range.’

One could describe it as a half-full, half empty situation.

Darren Adams is continuing his fight to bring affordable housing to Centralia.

It looks as if he wants to succeed, he will have to try again.

The Centralia Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted down his latest request to develop the area north of the Green Gables subdivision on Centralia’s north side.

Centralia Mayor Chris Cox said he is willing to call special meetings to give Adams more opportunities make the development happen

“The area that Darren has purchased to develop,” Cox said to the audience of at least 20, November 12 at Centralia City Hall, “it’s in our interest as the city to help, moving forward to get that done, as long as it meets the requirements of the city…”

One member of the audience, Stan Fadler said it sounded as if Cox has already decided to approve Adams’ preliminary plat for an 85-residence development on Centralia’s north side.

Cox said that was not the case and part of the process involved seeing if Adams’ request fit in with the city’s comprehensive plan. “The area that Darren has purchased to develop is in that comprehensive plan.  … It is in our interests and expectations to get it in. But it does not mean we are approving a bunch of apartments or something. There are some pretty stringent guidelines that have to be met… That is the reason we have ordinances and administrative ordinances like this… We have not made any deals up front… It is our intent to work closely with developers on behalf of the city, and its residents.”

Adams wants to make the development happen, he said, adding that he sees an unfilled need in Centralia for middle and working-class housing, but he is getting discouraged. He said there is a need and a demand for homes in the $120,000 to $200,000 range.

“That is what people in this market are crying for…

For the complete article see the November 18 edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.