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Now, a trolley runs on the old rail tracks along the waterfront past the development and into town daily during the summer.
Railroad line ran along the river and through the lumber mill site.
The site was declared a Brownfield and became eligible for federal assistance. It took the city and state four years and $1.4 million to get the site ready for redevelopment.
The site of Mill Pond Village was heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals.
Aerial photo from 2007 shows how development is progressing.
Mill Pond Village development, in Astoria, surrounds a 3.7-acre former log pond and fills the historic 16-acre lumber mill that operated at the site for more than 100 years.
Quality homes in the development line the Mill Pond and offer views of the Columbia River.
Housing types at Mill Pond Village are designed to create a seaside village-like, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
The 86-lot project has a mix of high-density housing with views of the Columbia River.
Depending on the size and location, the homes at Mill Pond Village are between 1 and 3 stories so views are not blocked.
Project was designed to maximize views.
Mill Pond Village offers residents and visitors access to four parks with viewing areas that wrap the pond and overlook the river, a nearby bridge and surrounding hills.
Mill Pond Village was designed to offer homeowners a diversity of housing options built around parks and open space.
Narrow streets were designed to add to the community feel but also to help reduce storm water runoff and direct the water into the pond.