New space can host classes, after school programs and build a sense of community

RENDERING COURTESY OF HOME FORWARD  - The Eastwood Court townhome development will get a new community building to be competed next year.

Eastwood Court apartments will soon get a new community room to better serve the residents of the 31 Gresham townhomes.

Nonprofit Home Forward plans a building of 4,665-square-feet on the northwest corner of the Eastwood Court community, at 18208 S.E. Yamhill St.

"Eastwood Court really needs a community room. Lots of kids live there," said Monica Foucher, associate director of public relations for Home Forward.

The new building will not only hold a space for events but will have offices, a computer lab, meeting rooms, areas for maintenance and other amenities for the residents and staff.

Eastwood consists of two and three bedroom homes. To live in the complex, residents must have an income that does not exceed 80% of the area median income for their family size.

Foucher said the project is expected to be completed in 2021 or 2022. Eugene-based Bergsund DeLaney Architecture & Planning is designing the project.

The building will create a place for residents to "gather, celebrate and build a greater sense of community." It will also provide a space to offer classes and programs related to job seeking, resume writing, food preparation and after school programs. Kids in the complex attend Alder Elementary School and Reynolds Middle and High school.

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