Affordable housing coming 'round South Cooper Mountain
Two low-income housing developments are expected to break ground late this year or early next year in Beaverton's burgeoning South Cooper Mountain neighborhood.
Wishcamper Development Partners plans to build 309 affordable housing units across two adjacent mixed-use developments, which it calls Blackbird Farms and Main Street. Separately, BRIDGE Housing plans a 75-unit, four-story apartment building called Goldcrest.
Cheryl Twete, Beaverton's community development director, says Beaverton "absolutely" wanted South Cooper Mountain to feature a mix of housing types for varying income levels. With the Wishcamper and BRIDGE developments totaling 384 affordable apartment homes, she thinks the neighborhood sprouting around Mountainside High School is well on its way.
"We will be delivering for the community two affordable housing projects as part of that early phase of residential construction at South Cooper Mountain," said Twete.
Wishcamper's Blackbird Farms and Main Street developments will rise on the north side of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road, also signed as Highway 210, in the 18000 block.
Along with six apartment buildings for low-income families, the Wishcamper developments will also include a senior and community center and commercial buildings, according to planning documents.
Wishcamper project manager Kelly DuPont said one of the buildings will include 80 one-bedroom apartments "designated as senior housing."
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022, according to DuPont.
"The completion of the first building is expected in early summer 2023," DuPont added.
BRIDGE's Goldcrest building is planned at the corner of Southwest Goldcrest Lane and 172nd Avenue. It will include 29 one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and 7 three-bedroom apartments, including a manager's unit. Fourteen of its 75 units will be affordable for households making no more than 30% of the area median income, with the rest set aside for households making no more than 60% of the area median income.
"An inclusive community for all housing types and income levels is important — not just to BRIDGE, but we think for the whole community as well," said Ben Sturtz, a project manager for BRIDGE.
Goldcrest is anticipated to begin construction in December and open in spring 2023.
Along with common areas like a kitchen, garden, playground and community room, residents at Goldcrest will also have access to services through Hacienda Community Development Corp.
"They are our partner in all this, ensuring that our residents have great on-site services from economic opportunity to skill-building to access to healthcare and other amenities," Sturtz said of Hacienda CDC.
Twete says the Wishcamper and BRIDGE developments are just the beginning for affordable housing in the South Cooper Mountain area.
"As of now, all of the affordable housing that's proposed is rental, but we would love to try to achieve some ownership product out there as well," Twete said. "And I think we will over the next several years."
By Mark Miller
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