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Subdivision planned for hills near Silver Falls

By James Day

A new subdivision is taking shape in the hills above Silverton on the road to Silver Falls State Park.

Although it should be noted that the definition of a subdivision in rural county acreage is vastly different from what one would expect off of Eureka Drive or at the intersection of James and Jefferson.

The DeSantis Ridge project is just six lots in the 1200 block of Silver Falls Highway SE, with the closest current street Winters Hill Road SE. The area is approximately five miles from the North Falls area of the park.

Required road infrastructure already is being put in place and sales of the six lots will begin once the subdivision is platted sometime this month according to Ward Frederick of John. L. Scott in Salem.

The lots range in size from 4.82 acres to more than 11. The entire parcel is 38.6 acres.

Frederick said it seemed likely that lots would be sold individually, with purchasers arranging for construction directly with a builder. Federick also noted that a builder conceivably could buy one of the lots intending to build a “spec” house.

Frederick said it was likely that sales prices on the lots would begin in the $300,000s.

Development on the parcel has been in the works for more than a decade, according to Brandon Reich, the building and planning manager for Marion County. The original subdivision approval was made in 2006.

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