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Murderer's former home may be site of new apartment complex

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

It's the site of a notorious murder of two girls back in 2002.

Now Ward Weaver's former home could be turned into an apartment complex for people in need.

Weaver killed Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis at his Oregon City home and hid their bodies.

His home was torn down just a few weeks later.

Since then, the land - just under an acre - has sat empty.

Now Central City Concern, a Portland nonprofit housing agency, wants to give the site new life.

They've proposed a plan to construct a 40-unit apartment complex with the aim of giving a safe haven and shelter to families in need.

People recovering from drug or alcohol addiction would call it home and find education and employment support on site.

"In thinking it through and reflecting deeply on it, it certainly occurred to me that there was a redemption story here in that we could take a piece of property with bad memories and put it to a really good use," Executive Director of Central City Concern Ed Blackburn said.

"If it was my property, I would like to see a park dedicated to the girls and any other kids in Oregon City that were killed or murdered," Wesley Duffey, Gaddis' grandfather said.

Clackamas County has already lent their support to the project.

All Central City Concern needs is $8 million in state funding.

If they get the green light, Central City Concern says it would work with the victims' families to find a way to honor the girls at the site.

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