SERA teamed with ROSE Community Development, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Housing Development Center and O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders to design and build this mixed-use affordable apartment building in outer Southeast Portland. The Jade District Visioning Plan identified this site as a priority for further developing the community fabric.
Throughout the project, from the funding application through design development, SERA led various community outreach events. The final site design reflects the thoughts and visions of the surrounding neighborhood as well as the input of the APANO and ROSE to establish a meaningful presence and create community activities in the Jade District.
The four-story development will feature 48 units and ground floor retail space. The unit mix is oriented around young families and thus features primarily one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. A multicultural event space will be owned and managed by APANO.
The front plaza design and custom site furnishings create a flexible urban space that can accommodate a variety of events including markets, food vendors and community gatherings. The heaviness of the base contrasts the brightness and pop of the upper floors, fitting within the eclectic energy of the surrounding neighborhood. The interior design focuses on light-filled, garden-like spaces, creating a meditative and restorative environment.
This project was awarded funding by Oregon Housing and Community Services and the Portland Housing Bureau and tackles the issues of displacement, affordability, dangerous pedestrian conditions, and urban design to revitalize this suburban area. Metro contributed funding to this transit-oriented development, as well as the site itself, which is near a future Division Bus Rapid Transit station. This project will also include bike parking and parking for car-sharing programs.
Targeting Earth Advantage Gold certification, the project also focuses on social sustainability, specifically equity, placemaking and anti-displacement.