Construction is set to start later this year on the Bicycle Apartments, an affordable housing project that city officials say is desperately needed in Yakima. The Yakima City Council approved the nearly $20 million project on Tuesday.

Yakima Community Development Director Joan Davenport tells KIT News, "We have a serious deficit in affordable housing in this community. We have a vacancy rate for rentals of less than 1 percent."
Davenport says the 80-unit Bicycle Apartments, set to be built in a field at 118 N. 50th Ave., will provide housing for people with low or moderate income. It's being funded through a combination of loans, and state and federal housing dollars. Construction is set to begin in the spring.