Depending on whom you ask, housing in Corvallis can mean different things: high prices; tight rental market; neighborhoods that are safe and pedestrian friendly; replacement of open space and traditional, single-family homes with multi-family apartments. Housing policies have long been a concern in the city. Adopted by the City Council in 1998, the Vision 2020 document uses words such as "safe," "attractive," "recreational," "pedestrian scale" and "diversity" to describe desirable characteristics of the city's neighborhoods.
The May 14 meeting of the Corvallis City Club will focus on the state of housing in Corvallis. Do we have enough "affordable" housing? What kinds of housing are in short supply? What are the barriers to development? What does today’s housing market really look like?
Speaking to these points will be Jim Moorefield, Executive Director of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, and Peter Sekermestrovich, owner of Town and Country Realty.
The meeting will begin at noon in the Banquet Room of the Renaissance Building, 136 SW Washington St. Attendance is free. Lunch is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. To register, send email to Roger Lizut, email@example.com, with "City Club May 14" in the subject line.
Since 1998, Jim Moorefield has served as Executive Director of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, a private nonprofit community development organization serving Benton and Linn Counties. During his 31-year career in human services and community development, Jim has been recognized for his work for private nonprofit and public organizations; service to seniors, people with disabilities, youth, people with mental illness, people in crisis, and the homeless; assistance developing hundreds of units of affordable housing in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln Counties; and achievements in developing and capitalizing a number of new asset building programs. Jim is a 30-year resident of Corvallis and has served on the Corvallis City Council, as well as directed local community efforts related to housing, land use planning encompassing historic downtown Corvallis, and open space preservation.
A lifelong resident of Corvallis, Pete “Seker” has owned Town and Country Realty since 1999. His achievements in the real estate business place him among the top-three percent of realtors in the country. His community affiliations include President of the Benton County Foundation and member of the Corvallis Rotary Club since 1991. He has served on the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service and Corvallis Chamber-Coalition boards. Pete was honored by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce as the Robert C. Ingalls Business Person of the Year in 2004.