The first project funded with money from Metro’s $652.8 million affordable housing bond, approved by voters in 2018, is steadily nearing the construction phase.
Community Development Partners and the Housing Authority of Washington County are developing the project, dubbed 72nd and Baylor, on a one-acre parcel within the so-called Tigard Triangle bordered by Interstate 5 on the east, Oregon Route 217 from west to south and Oregon Route 99W from west to north. The six-story, 81-unit building will be near the intersection of Southwest 72nd Avenue and Baylor Street.
“When Community Development Partners had the opportunity to get a site under control in this neighborhood,” said Jessica Woodruff, the certified B corporation’s director of development, “we were excited about what was possible there, given all that is coming together with both the city’s urban renewal area and broader policy changes in what voters have done to give people at lower income levels affordable housing.
“We’re feeling pretty fortunate to be part of that whole process.”
Scott | Edwards Architecture designed the project, which will be constructed by general contractor Bremik Construction. Ground is expected to be broken in June 2020.
Dave Mojica, an associate with Scott | Edwards Architecture, is the project manager for 72nd and Baylor. Budgetary demands, he said, drove some of the efficient design choices. The building massing, for example, will feature two interlocking wings laid out in a simple L-shape with a flat roof. Along the same lines, each of the 25 one-bedroom, 46 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom units will have identical floor plans for efficiency of construction.
But instead of cheap fiber-cement or metal panels on the exterior, 72nd and Baylor will have some panels of higher quality. Also, natural wood siding will be used at the building’s entrance and lobby.
“We’re highlighting it as a warm area and giving it a lot of glass and warming up that corner with wood,” Mojica said.
Earth Advantage gold certification will be sought for the project.
A ground-level concrete podium will be used to support five stories of wood framing.
“The concept here is with affordable projects we need to have large efficiencies to make them happen,” Mojica said. “So the decision we came to was we don’t want to put 30 materials on this building and super articulate it. Instead, we focused on the entry corner on 72nd and how we can make this corner dynamic.”
On the interior, each of the six floors will have a laundry room attached to a community room.
In addition, a computer study room, a game room and lounge space will be included on the ground floor, while an elevated outdoor courtyard will be added between the two wings and provide cover for at-grade vehicle parking below.
Programming will be entirely residential, Community Development Partners project manager Wendy Klein said. As many as eight apartments could be reserved for veterans in partnership with Veterans Affairs, but some details remain to be worked out.
“We are hopeful that that will come through,” she said.
Thirty-three units may be reserved for households making no more than 30 percent of the median family income, and 48 more for households making no more than 60 percent of the MFI, Klein said. However, those figures are not final, she added.
The project will be built in an underdeveloped section of Tigard that eventually will be served by the Southwest Corridor MAX light-rail line. A grocery store already operates near the site.
“It’s in an interesting area,” Mojica said. “Because it’s affordable housing, the hope is the future MAX line extension bridges the gap between Tigard and Portland proper. Within walking distance are other amenities already, which provided a driver for site selection.”
Metro is supplying $11.4 million of the roughly $31 million project budget. Federal low-income housing tax credits are providing $12.1 million and private sources are providing $7.7 million.
“It’s pretty exciting that voters approved this,” Woodruff said. “That really allows us to do this work to leverage those federal funds that are available waiting for us if we could figure it out. So, it’s made a lot possible and it will be a game changer for the metro region.”
Title: Bond-funding affordable housing project advancing
Posted By: DJC Oregon
Author: Josh Kulla
Date: December 26, 2019