The 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. The project 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. For more information, read the Orchards at Orenco Phase I Project Overview.
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 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. 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. 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. Phase II broke ground in March 2014, and is expected to be completed in March 2015. For more information on REACH’s Phase II, read the Glisan Commons II Project Overview.