Yaquina Hall used to serve as a nurses dormitory

SALEM – One of the historical buildings at Oregon State Hospital’s mostly vacant north campus could soon become affordable housing.

The Housing Authority of Salem has reach a conditional sales agreement with the state to buy Yaquina Hall and convert it into up to 50 apartments.

“We are pretty excited about it,” said Andy Wilch, executive director of the Housing Authority of Salem.

The housing authority plans to use federal low-income tax credits and historic tax credits to finance renovation and construction of the building, which was constructed in 1947 as a nurses’ dormitory.

Officials have declined to disclose the purchase price pending ratification of the sales contract sometime later this year.

But the sale is the first step in the state’s effort to sell 47 acres on the north campus since the new state hospital was built. Out of seven buildings on the north campus, the state plans to retain one – the Dome Building, which houses the Department of Corrections.

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