Work on controversial townhomes underway

       Initial construction has begun on the Creekview Townhomes in the Holland Park area of the Westside.
        The project, which will consist of 84 units, most of them in buildings 3 stories high, is being built on 6.5 acres just south of the West Wind shopping center at Centennial Boulevard and Garden of the Gods Road. Access will be from Centennial.
       The owner is Derek L. Brown and Associates and the Chimento Group of Tigard, Oregon.
        The local developer's representative is Howard Jacobsen, who was unavailable for comment regarding expected completion date, unit costs and other information.
       Work so far has consisted of laying in sidewalks, utility lines and general excavation work.
        The project is expected will be closely watched by residents of the Holland Park neigh borhood, several of whom raised questions about it during the review process prior to City Council approval of the development plan several months ago. Chief concerns regarded increased potential for flooding in Douglas Creek - just south of the development - and the zone change from office park to planned unit development.
       Roy Ayala, president of the Holland Park Community Association, told the Westside Pioneer he thinks the project reflects an overall “dumb” strategy toward growth along Centennial.
       In the meetings on Creeview, city staff responded that in their judgment an office development would have caused more traffic and that the drainage should be adequate.

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