Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, July 10, 2015, Image 12

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“It’s because the hous-
ing market has heated back
up,” Brown said. “Keizer is a
desirable place to build. It’s a
favorable climate, since our
SDCs (System Development
Charges) are lower. Our SDCs
are $3,000 and change, while
Salem is $13,000 and change.
But I suspect they’ve also had
a bump. It’s not just because of
the cheap price.”
According to data from the
City of Keizer, there were 62
single family residential units
applied for in the fi rst half of
2015 in the city.
Of those, 31 were submit-
ted by I&E Construction for
new lots in Windsor Island
Estates on Lydia Avenue, plus
one more on Willow Leaf
Street. Eight were submitted
by Pacifi c National Develop-
ment for lots in Avalon Mead-
ows on Harbour Lane, with
three more for that develop-
ment on Explorer Place and
two more on Taurus Loop, for
a total of 13.
Quite the move...
New homes have been going up quickly and continuously at the Windsor Island Estates
subdivision in Keizer.
There were also fi ve per-
mits submitted for new homes
in the Aldine Meadows subdi-
vision on Aldine Drive.
“It goes in fi ts and spurts,”
Brown said of housing starts.
“When we have something
remarkable, that prompts me
to say something.”
That happened in mid-
April during a long-range
planning meeting, when
Keizer City Councilor Bran-
don Smith questioned a pro-
jected housing growth of 1.5
percent, based on much lower
growth in recent years.
“To me that seems aggres-
sive,” Smith said of projections.
Brown responded from
mid-March until that mid-
April meeting alone there had
been 27 single family home
permits applied for.
“We haven’t seen those
number for a while,” Brown
said at the meeting. “The
economy is picking up. People
are recognizing Keizer is very
Holiday card entries due Sept. 18
Of the Keizertimes
Don’t look now, but the
holidays are getting closer.
Actually, if you are thinking
of entering the Keizer Pub-
lic Art Commission’s holiday
card contest, do look. That’s
because entries are due on
Sept. 18. Entries must be sub-
mitted by 4 p.m. that Friday at
the Keizer Civic Center, lo-
cated at 930 Chemawa Road
KPAC members will judge
entries at their meeting the
following week and select a
winning entry. The artist with
the winning entry will be no-
tifi ed by Sept. 25. The win-
ning artist will receive a $100
gift card to Michael’s Crafts.
Keizer residents of all ages
are eligible to submit artwork
expressing the holiday season,
though items tied to a specifi c
religion such as Santa Claus,
angels and menorahs “may be
excluded,” according to the
entry form.
Each entry must be accom-
panied by a signed entry form
and must be at least 4 inches
by 6 inches, but no more than
8 inches by 10 inches in size.
The one-dimensional entries
(for scanning and recreating
purposes) can be a painting
(acrylic, oil or watercolor), a
drawing (pencil, charcoal or
ink) or a photograph. An in-
dividual can submit up to two
entires. An artist’s signature
must appear somewhere on
the artwork.
The art must be suitable
for use as a holiday card and
should depict a Keizer scene
or an event with a holiday
Entry forms can be picked
up at city hall or downloaded
on the city’s newly revamped
website at
All entries will be displayed
at the civic center from Nov.
23 to Jan. 8, 2016. All artwork
must be picked up at the civic
center between Jan. 8 and 31.
The winning entrant must
agree to allow their name to
appear on the fi nished card, to
transfer all copyrights to the
city and to allow their name
and reproduction of the win-
ning entry to be published in
the media.
KPAC member Beth Me-
lendy came up with the holi-
day card idea last fall. The
original idea was to have the
contest last year, but it was de-
cided to iron out the details
and start the contest this year.
The hope is for the contest to
become an annual thing.
A new Oregon State Credit Union branch recently opened at
4952 River Road North in Keizer, at the end of the Safeway
parking lot. The old branch was located inside the Safeway.
The building used to be a State Farm offi ce of Dan Suklis.
tenth annual
Knights of Columbus
Car Show
10 AM TO 2PM
5310 River Road N, Keizer (Across from Quality Suites)
Raffle, Food,
and Fun For All!
Proceeds benefi t Father Taaff e Homes
(For young teens and their babies)
Call Bob Th omas at 503-390-1972 or email
Saturday, August 15
8K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Kids 1K
Register at
Break out your bellbottoms, leisure suits, and
platform shoes — costumes are encouraged!