Last night there was a town meeting for Samoa. Standing room only. Dan Johnson gave a quick update on the Samoa Town Project.
(Check out the link for the complete project overview.) Dan said his company is investing 45 million to this project. He has offered a path forward for people who live in Samoa to purchase there homes by about 2022. (All of Samoa is renters.) Chris Driscoll from Umqua bank was present to help the town of renters with the homeowner purchase paperwork. Each renter will be expected to put up a $200 deposit to show their interest to Danco. This will not stop outside people from purchasing houses in Samoa. The town has a historical designation that will allow the homes to be sold as is.
Right now homes are being treated for lead abatement and repainted. Water and sewer lines (new water treatment facility) will be replaced by October 2020. Lots will be split. The new low income family apartment complex will be one of the first new construction projects. The Samoa block will have a grocery store and gas station. There will be a three mile trail around the town. High end three story houses will be built to the west. The Samoa softball field will be renovated for senior softball and soccer.
The Community Service District that was voted on by the residents of the Peninsula will be funded by Danco until they can manage the towns infrastructure of, water, sewer, fire protection and recreational projects.
Robin and I have lived in Samoa for nearly 40 years and have enjoyed our stay. Both of us worked for years on the Peninsula and would like to see things spruced up a bit. Lots going on in the next few years.