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Metro, the regional goverment, has neared the finish line for the first housing project funded by its 2018 bond.

COURTESY RENDERING - A new Tigard affordable housing apartment building dubbed The Viewfinder features a community courtyard.Applications are now open for the first in a long line of affordable housing projects financed by voter-approved bond money.

The waitlist for The Viewfinder, 11600 S.W. 72nd Avenue in Tigard, began accepting names for units priced for those earning 30% to 60% of the area median income on Thursday, July 15.

"Affordable housing projects like this one are a critical piece in the creation of a vibrant community," said Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington.

Located just east of downtown in the heart of the Tigard Triangle bounded by highways 99W, 217, and Interstate 5, the 81-unit, $32.9 million project is slated to open this fall. The six-story building includes 25 600-square-feet one-bedroom units renting for $500 to $1,000 a month — plus 46 800-square-feet two-bedroom units renting for $600 to $1,200 a month, and 10 1,100-square-foot three bedroom units costing $700 monthly.

Eight units are reserved for veterans, and $11.5 million of the project was paid for by the Metro regional government's $652.8 million bond passed in 2018.

SCREENSHOT - Eric PaineEric Paine, CEO of Community Development Partners, served as developer on the project, which was also paid for using Low Income Housing Tax Credits that are sold to private investors.

"It's beautiful and modern, durable and innovative, and will help instill pride of place," said Paine of the building.

"The building is composed of two blocks that come together in a similar way that two hands meet to create a viewfinder," noted project designer Dave Mojica.

Good Neighbor Center, operator of a Tigard homeless shelter, will offer case management, life skills programing, rent-well classes and an infant to school-age children's program for the building's low-income residents, according to Executive Director Renee Brouse.

Metro Council President Lynn Peterson highlights that nearly 4,000 affordable units will be built in Washington County over the next few years.

SCREENSHOT - Metro Council President Lynn Peterson"We understand our public responsibility to address our historic system of racial oppression — to make sure Black and brown people also have the opportunity to work at good-paying jobs and live in safe and stable homes," said Peterson. "That's what the regional affordable housing bond was about."

Other partners on the project include the Washington County Housing Authority and the city of Tigard.

"The future of living in Tigard in a more dense and affordable place is in the Tigard Triangle," said Tigard Mayor Jason Snider.

Built on a 1.11-acre lot and featuring 63 parking spaces, other building amenities include laundry facilities on most floors, a community balcony, media room, BBQ site, gym, computer room, playground, outdoor pet area, bicycle storage and a conference center.

Scott Edwards Architecture designed the project, and Bremik Construction signed on as general contractor.


Zane Sparling
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