UPDATE | September 17, 2019
The City of North Bend announced that clearing, grading and construction of the River Run Apartment complex, which was scheduled to begin this week, has been delayed by the developer in anticipation of a very wet season.
According to Project Manager Holly Brown with North Bend Associates – River Run, the project is firmly slated to move forward in the spring.
The City of North Bend announced that construction of the new 128-unit River Run Apartment complex is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, September 17th, which means residents may notice some trees coming down in the area.
The nearly six-acre site is located at the northeast corner of the 436th Avenue SE and SE 136th Street intersection near I-90 Exit 32 – next door the new Chinook Lumber store.
Following clearing, grading and utility infrastructure installation, crews will construct 11 apartment buildings and one clubhouse/office building for a grand total of 128 apartments, including 28 (80% AMI) affordable housing units.
North Bend Communications Manger Jill Green said, “Although the developer is not pursuing HUD funds for the projects, they have demonstrated they have sufficient funding for the entire project. This includes the 28 units of affordable or workforce housing that is a condition in the code.”
As part of the project, a roundabout at the 436th / 136th intersection and front sidewalks will also be constructed and will connect to recently built sidewalks in front of the new Chinook Lumber store.
The River Run project should be completed in 2021. According to Bumgardner Architecture website, River Run units “are a mix of walk up apartment flats and 3-story townhomes, which are provided with their own backyards.” The central clubhouse building will also have a pool.
The City of North Bend said the project is will meet its Tree Ordinance and municipal code: “Trees that will be removed will either be replaced at a 3-to-1 ratio or be mitigated via a ‘fee-in-lieu’ tree program that uses funds to plant trees elsewhere around the city.”
The city added that both its and the applicant’s arborists have visited the site many times and determined multiple areas of the land parcel where existing tree groves will remain. The developer is required to retain a minimum 20% of all significant trees in the developable site area. According to the city, they are slightly exceeding that level.
Per a city news release, “The arborists are working closely with the contractor to ensure construction activities do not damage existing trees proposed to be retained.”
In addition to receiving building permits from the City, the project also obtained a Forest Practices Permit with Washington State Department of Natural Resources and a Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Permit from Washington State Department of Ecology.