ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A new apartment complex is coming to downtown Roseburg, with potential to alleviate the housing shortage in the area.
The complex will be located on Southeast Jackson Street. Property developer Magnus Johanneson told KEZI 9 News that the building was a hotel in the 1800s. He said it was vacant for more than 40 years before he bought it in 2018. The plan is to build 34 studio apartments inside the building. Each unit will come with a fridge, kitchenette and a semi-communal bathroom.
Johanneson hopes to fill many of the rooms with students from Umpqua Community College. However, he said they will primarily be open to the public. He said he is excited to bring the building back to life and hopefully downtown Roseburg as a whole.
“I’m in Roseburg to help revitalize the downtown area,” he said “That’s why I bought this building and two others downtown.”
Johannesson said he plans to charge no more than $400 a month for rent, in hopes of making things a little easier for renters.
“A lot of developers get so hung up on the money part and the cash flow part. So I think a little bit different maybe,” he said.
According to a 2019 housing analysis done by the city, Roseburg’s population is expected to grow by 5,500 in the next 20 years. It said the city needs to build at least 2,600 new units in order to house the growing population, which is about 130 units a year.
However, city communications specialist Eric Johnson said multiple developers -- like Johannesson -- have started housing projects in the last year. He said they expect to see at least 300 new units by next year, which is well above their yearly quota.
“That's one of the goals of city council,” he said. “We're very aware folks need to find a place to stay."
Johannesson said the project will be completed within the next six months. However, because they are halfway done, he said he plans to move people in as early as December.