Pendleton City Council believes more businesses will come to Pendleton if there is housing for their workers. Saj Jivanjee plans to build 100 new apartments.

The land is being DONATED by the city and a huge discount is being given for the land development (hooking up to water & sewer, etc.)

That made the deal controversial and in early February there was some doubt it would go through.

But the city has pledged its support for Jivanjee's "Pendleton Heights" project and was pleased with previous projects by the company.

Residents have recently complained it feels their community is withering on the vine. And indeed, fewer students attended local schools in recent years than previous years.

The new dwellings will be on Tutuilla Road (as are his previously-built projects).