Orchards at Orenco
150 units; new construction
Strategies of providing affordable housing built at transit-oriented (TOD) design locations with green building technology match REACH’s goals of providing a more comprehensive model of affordable living. With this in mind, REACH set out to secure an affordable TOD site in the Orenco Station neighborhood in Hillsboro, given its proximity to light rail and multiple community amenities. Over the past 15 years, several thousand housing units have been developed in and around Orenco Station, but currently there is no affordable workforce housing available to those earning under $30,000/year. In 2013, REACH purchased a site abutting the MAX light rail station at Orenco Station. The land will be used to build a three phase project over the next 5-6 years totaling approximately 150 units of affordable housing for working families. Orchards at Orenco Phase I will be built using Passive House standards to further reduce tenant monthly energy expenses. When complete, the Orchards at Orenco will be the largest multi-family Passive House building in the United States. We anticipate breaking ground on Phase II in June 2015. For more information, read the Orchards at Orenco Phase I Project Overview and the Orchards at Orenco Phase II Project Overiew. You can also read Walsh Construction Co.‘s Building GREEN blog. To download an infographic about the Anatomy of a Passive House, click here (compliments of Ankrom Mosian).
127 Units/Mixed Use; joint venture; new construction
In February 2011, the Portland Housing Bureau announced that a team including REACH CDC has been selected to develop a City-owned site in the Gateway Urban Renewal District, using $6 million in City funding. Glisan Commons (Phase I) and Gilman Court (Phase II) is an innovative, mixed-use, transit oriented development located in Portland’s Gateway Urban Renewal District, leveraging expertise from three of the region’s most successful nonprofit agencies. The project will provide affordable homes, transit options, and important social services to lower income seniors and working class households in East Portland. The project is being developed in two separate phases. Glisan Commons (Phase I), developed by Human Solutions opened in February 2014 and includes one mixed-use building with 67 units of workforce housing with 16,000 square feet of commercial space located on the ground floor, owned and operated by Ride Connection, a transportation service provider catering to seniors and people with disabilities.
Gilman Court (Phase II), developed by REACH, will include a 60-unit residential building for senior citizens, bringing the total number of units to 127. The project will leverage local tax increment financing to bring much needed affordable rental housing and economic development to the neighborhood. Gilman Court broke ground in March 2014, and is expected to be completed in March 2015. For more information on Gilman Court, read the Gilman Court Project Overview.
The Bronaugh Apartments
50 units; rehabilitation
Originally built in 1905, the Bronaugh is listed on the historic registry and is one of the oldest remaining apartment buildings in Portland. The building features original architectural details such as semi-circular arched openings, bracketed and broad overhanging eaves, decorative egg and dart moulding, and ornamented frieze and bay window panels, each contributing to the building’s unique eclecticism. Home to elderly and disabled citizens living on fixed incomes, the Bronaugh was the last building of the at-risk Section 8 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properties identified in City Commissioner Fish’s 11X13 Campaign. In order to preserve and maintain much-needed affordable homes for seniors living in the downtown core, REACH purchased the property in March 2013 and has begun offering property management and resident services, and performed essential emergency repairs. A substantial renovation is scheduled for 2015-2016. A full tenant relocation is planned while renovations are undertaken. The project maintains both REACH’s and the City’s commitment to preserving and maintaining much needed affordable housing in a highly desirable downtown location. For more information on the Bronaugh Apartments, read the Bronaugh Apartments Project Overview.
Towne Square Apartments
40 units; rehabilitation
In September 2014, REACH purchased the Towne Square Apartments. Towne Square is a Rural Development apartment complex with 40 units of subsidized apartments built in 1977. The apartments consist of 12 one-bedroom units and 28 two-bedroom units. The community serves families with very low incomes, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Rural Housing rent subsidy remains available. We are fully rehabilitating the exterior of the building including new siding, building wrap, insulation, flashing, roofs, windows and doors so the building is better insulated and protected from water intrusion and weather. We’re also re-configuring the building to add back a community room and computer lab. All commons areas and two units will now be ADA accessible. Inside the apartments, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, counters and flooring are being replaced in most units; baseboard heaters will be replaced with more efficient cove heaters; more water efficient fixtures are being installed; and new air ventilation systems is being installed to improve the air quality. Construction began in October 2014 with an expected completion date of April 2015. For more information on the Towne Square Apartments, read the Towne Square Project Overview.
Allen Fremont Plaza
64 units; rehabilitation
Originally built in 1997 by GBC Inc. (GBC), an affiliate of the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest, an association of historically African-American churches located throughout the Pacific Northwest, Allen Fremont Plaza is a 64 unit building developed to provide affordable housing options for seniors in an historically African-American neighborhood in N/NE Portland. GBC initiated discussions with REACH in 2012 about its desire to sell the building to a strong affordable housing developer to sustain GBC’s long-term vision for a community that is both affordable and prevents displacement of long-term neighborhood residents. With the City of Portland’s support, REACH will purchase the building in spring 2015 while honoring GBC’s original commitment to an affordable rent structure. Inner N/NE Portland has undergone rapid gentrification and upscale development over the past several years, forcing out many long-term residents who cannot afford sudden, dramatic rent hikes. Allen Fremont Plaza is located in an area experiencing particularly swift redevelopment, displacing seniors and low income residents from their homes.
After purchase, REACH will perform minimal renovations consisting primarily of energy efficiency upgrades; new roofing; interior unit upgrades; and exterior paint. REACH will provide on-site Resident Services programs. The project is expected to complete in fall 2015. With this purchase and renovation, REACH, GBC Inc. and the City are furthering broader preservation efforts to create long-term opportunities for lower-income residents while helping them remain living in their homes in N/NE Portland.