Much is being said about the desperate need for rental housing in Corvallis. It is this need that Landmark Properties — with its Retreat at Oak Creek development — is hoping to cash in on.
My question? Why, when we are a town of diverse citizenry, is this need so often described as student housing?
An editorial in the Gazette Times (8/12/12) comes to the same conclusion we have: “Corvallis needs more rental units, and not just for students.” The editorial continues to point out that OSU President Ray “frequently hears new faculty members say that they can’t afford to live in Corvallis.”
The Sather Annexation site is located adjacent to OSU land and is ideal for added housing, but not something as limiting as the Retreat at Oak Creek.
The Gazette Times says in their editorial that purpose-built student housing is one piece of the puzzle. Between the numerous larger student complexes open or under construction and the many smaller, infill projects around town, we think that it is time to address the other puzzle pieces.
As the G-T notes, “…the first thing we need is more rental housing — for everyone, not just for students.”