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The La Grand City Council will consider two proposals Wednesday night for redevelopment of a burned-out business location on Adams Avenue which has been a vacant, fenced-off hole in the ground since 1994.

Two firms have presented proposals for development of the 80-by-100-foot Bohnenkamp property. The council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency, will air those proposals immediately following the regular city council meeting. The council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. One of the companies likely will be selected to begin renovation of the site.

It has not been easy to find a company to improve the site, where the two-story story Bohnenkamp Interiors building burned April 4, 1994. The city bought the site for $55,500.

In February, the urban renewal agency entered into a contract with the D.S. Sivers Co. of Portland to put up a new structure. The company came up with a four-story design for retail stores and upscale housing but in August abandoned the project.

Another company, Telos Development Co. of Salem, had been interested from the outset in using a tax-credit approach to develop low-income housing on upper levels over retail outlets. But Telos lost out to Sivers —who appeared to have quicker access to financing before withdrawing from the project.

Telos indicated earlier this month that it might not be interested now in the La Grande site, but the company did submit a proposal for consideration, City Manager Wes Hare said.

Telos and Cook Develop-ment of Portland were the only firms that submitted proposals after the city council earlier this month instructed Community Development Department Director Mike Hyde to mail out requests for proposals for development of the Adams Avenue site.

Hyde said Cook Development also proposes to use the tax-credit approach, which would make the housing affordable to people earning at or less than 60 percent of the median family income for this area.

One of Cook's projects, a 32-unit Applewood Village in Hermiston, won the Best Rural Housing Project in Oregon award from the state Housing and Community Services Department.

If Cook gets the job, construction could start in the summer of 2004, with occupancy in 2005, Cook indicated. Telos' earlier timeline had been similar.

— Ray Linker

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