A construction project in John Day with 11 apartment units will give the housing stock in Grant County a boost.
Iron Triangle crews have been remodeling five apartment units at 611 South Canyon Boulevard, while another building was demolished to make way for six more units.
Iron Triangle consultant Zach Williams said Russ Young, the company’s owner, recognized the need to provide more rentals in the community and, seeing the condition of the apartment complex, decided to fix it up.
The company acquired the apartments in March 2014. Project manager Brandon Glimpse said crews nearly gutted units in the south building, and wiring, plumbing, windows, cabinets, sheet rock and appliances were replaced.
Williams said one tenant has already moved into one of the renovated units. When completed, the south building will have one two-bedroom and four one-bedroom units.
Iron Triangle crews demolished the north building Aug. 8. The new building will have four one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units, Glimpse said.
Construction of the north building will start in late August and possibly be completed by next summer, Williams said. Landscaping and parking will follow that, he said.
The intent of project is to provide workforce rental housing in Grant County, such as for Forest Service and Blue Mountain Hospital workers.