The Hotel Alder is located in the heart of Portland’s central business district. Since its construction in 1911, the hotel has provided cost effective lodging for travelers. When built, the ground floor and mezzanine were used for commercial purposes, with the hotel entrance on Alder Street. The building has 52,461 sf of area distributed over four levels, including the second floor mezzanine and a full basement.
The renovated Hotel Alder, owned and operated by Central City Concern, provides 99 units of single room occupant (SRO) housing for low-income tenants above the existing ground floor commercial tenant. There are communal kitchens located on each floor and shared bathroom facilities for the tenants. Central City Concern’s goal is to assist residents through improved socialization space and amenities within the residential space of the building and create a safe and stable housing asset within the retail/employment core neighborhood. The historic lobby and second floor mezzanine has been renovated to historic standards, as approved by the State and National Park Service, and will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As part of the project, the existing structure received a full seismic and ADA upgrade. The existing emergency egress system has been improved with a new exit enclosure from the second floor and the basement to the ground level.