Tyler Roppe used to be excited about an affordable housing development in his North Portland neighborhood.

Not anymore.

“You have a huge parcel of land right at the gateway of the neighborhood,” says Roppe, chairman of the Kenton Neighborhood Association. “To see it not live up to the anticipation is heartbreaking. It’s extremely sad.”

Roppe had hoped to see Kenton’s bustling business district expand. An apartment building would replace a long-vacant lot on North Argyle Street, anchored by more than 8,500 square feet of space for shops and restaurants.

In November, Roppe learned the developer, Reach Community Development, had canceled plans for the retail space to save money.

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