Ribbon-cutting ushers Jesse Quinn onto downtown scene
The Jesse Quinn Apartments in Forest Grove are set to begin leasing this month — the third new apartment complex to open in the city in 2018.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, representatives from the city, the regional government Metro, and developer and owner Tokola Properties participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally mark the occasion.
Built on the former site of the Times-Litho printing plant, the Jesse Quinn will have 78 units available for lease, along with about 2,500 square feet of first-floor commercial retail space. Apartments vary in size from studio to three-bedroom units.
Tokola Properties President Dwight Unti stated, "Jesse Quinn brings to downtown Forest Grove a high-quality, urban-form living environment not previously available in the community, and has already attracted a wide diversity of residents seeking a transit-supportive and pedestrian-friendly downtown lifestyle."
Part of the $18 million development's public funding came through Forest Grove's urban renewal agency. The city purchased the Times-Litho site with urban renewal funds; the old industrial building was demolished, and urban renewal dollars went toward the construction of the apartment building in its place.
A smaller piece of funding came from Metro. The regional government helps pay for "transit-oriented development" in the Portland area through a grant program.
"We're so very proud to partner with Tokola Properties as well as the City of Forest Grove, and it's wonderful to see what we can accomplish together," said Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, who represented the regional government at the ribbon-cutting.
Mayor Pete Truax also hailed public-private partnerships of the type that led to the construction of the Jesse Quinn Apartments.
"I think they are absolutely crucial to the kind of success we're experiencing here today in Forest Grove," Truax said.
A prominent business- and property-owner in Forest Grove, Rod Fuiten, spoke briefly about his memories of the history of the block now occupied by Jesse Quinn — an old hotel, the printing plant and now the brand-new apartment building.
"This is transformational. It's a big deal," Fuiten said. "What we're going to have now is … a beautiful apartment building to live in, in a walkable neighborhood downtown with lots of little businesses. It's very desirable. It's the wave of the future."
The Growler Garage, a Gresham-based taphouse, is expected to become the Jesse Quinn's ground-floor tenant, leasing the space from Tokola Properties.
The Jesse Quinn is located at 1837 Pacific Ave., at the west end of downtown Forest Grove. The four-story building rises well above surrounding structures.
The complex has a parking lot on-site with more than one space available per unit, which is expected to minimize any street parking impact on the neighborhood.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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