Housing Shortage in Prineville Amid Data-Center Construction

The Bend Bulletin reports that construction workers are living out of hotels for months at a time because there’s nowhere else to stay.

Fri August 05, 2016 - West Edition #16
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The Bend Bulletin reports that construction workers are living out of hotels for months at a time because there’s nowhere else to stay.
The Bend Bulletin reports that construction workers are living out of hotels for months at a time because there’s nowhere else to stay.

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) The construction of two new data centers in Prineville has prompted a temporary housing shortage in the central Oregon town.

The Bend Bulletin reports that construction workers are living out of hotels for months at a time because there's nowhere else to stay.

An informal city survey found that about 17 percent of the town's 230 hotel rooms have been booked for extended stays. The Central Oregon Rental Owners Association's 2016 survey said the rental vacancy rate for houses and duplexes hit zero percent this year.

Prineville's planning director Phil Stenbeck said that doesn't leave many options for the 500 construction workers who are building new data centers for Facebook and Apple. He said many workers are finding housing in Madras, Redmond or Bend and commuting about 40 mi. (64.3 km) to work.

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