The Civic is a Winning Partnership for Portland

Aug 30, 2004

Plans for the new mixed-use development include affordable housing units, a condominium tower and ground floor retail

In a partnership between the Housing Authority of Portland and Gerding Edlen, redevelopment of The Civic Apartments promises to enliven Portland’s West Burnside neighborhood and provide affordable housing for years to come.

“‘It’s not often you get the opportunity to redevelop a site like this,’” said Tom Cody, a Gerding Edlen principal. “‘To the extent that we can create a development that facilitates high-quality affordable housing, that’s something that’s exciting to us. And not only can we replace a marginal apartment building with 140 affordable housing units, but we can leverage it with retail and for-sale units, of which there are few in the neighborhood.’”

“‘What we’re hoping to do is really take this area to the next level,’ Cody said. ‘We see this site as a strategic site. It’s equidistant between the Pearl District, the Central Business District and Northwest 23rd (Avenue). If we do what we want to do, we think it will drive development that will bridge out to the surrounding properties and fill the gap between these areas.’”

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