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Work on two major affordable housing projects in Ontario moves ahead

Robert Ortiz, Boise, works on the foundation of what will become a portion of a 70-unit townhouse project in Ontario. The $11 million venture is scheduled to open sometime in the fall of 2022. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – Work on a 70-unit townhouse complex in northeast Ontario is moving ahead and it could be open for area residents by next fall.

Home First Development LLC, a Portland company, is developing the $11 million project that is seen by many officials as a good, first step to boosting the area’s affordable housing inventory.

“We are around 20 percent complete and I believe we just starting framing,” said Ben Pray, owner of Home First Development.

The project is on a six-acre parcel on Northeast 3rd Avenue between Motel 6 and the Ontario . . .