PENDLETON — The absence of an appeal Monday brought a project to build housing near Tutuilla Road within a few routine steps of groundbreaking in late October.

Developer Jivanjee Circosta Architecture can now apply for a building permit after completing land surveys and submitting for city approval final plans for construction and public improvements, which include road and sewer installations. The city must send final building plans to the county for recording, which is needed because the duplexes and condominiums will be up for purchase.

Betty Brunette opposed moving forward with the project at the July 19 and August 2 Pendleton Development Commission meetings, but she didn’t file a written appeal to City Planner Evan MacKenzie by the Monday deadline.

The $6 million construction project aims to create more housing so less people have to live out of town and commute to Pendleton for work. The development would consist of workforce housing, which is designed for those who make about $46,000 a year, or 80 percent of the city’s median income, which in 2011 was $50,000.

The neighborhood will be built on seven acres of city-owned land the developer will purchase for $175,000 over four years.

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