More military housing will be appearing on Astoria's south slope in the coming years as the city council moves toward rezoning some of that land for multi-family dwellings. In 1992 the Coast Guard purchased a large parcel of land for the construction of USCG housing.
Between 1992 and 1995 the USCG constructed 102 units as phase one of their project. The housing was deigned to blend in with the neighborhood and not be a gated military area. The project received the Governor's Livability Award in 1995.
Now the USCG proposes building up to 50 more units of housing on an undeveloped portion of the land they already own but that land was designated for single family units under the R-1 zoning. The Coast Guard is requesting the zone be changed to allow for multi-family. The city planning commission approved the change sending the decision on to the city council.
The city council held a public hearing Monday evening at which no comments were made on the issue and heard a first reading of the ordinance that would change the zoning designation.