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Retail space and 49 apartments to be built on former Truffle Hunter restaurant site

RENDERING COURTESY BARRY R. SMITH, ARCHITECT - Downtown Gresham is getting 49 new homes and retail space.

A new mixed-use development with 49 apartments is proposed next to the Gresham Post Office on property that was the site of the now shuttered Truffle Hunter Restaurant.

"It's a pretty cool, urban-type development," said Mark Lisac, vice president of Lisac Brothers Construction.

"It's got good proximity to downtown and Main Avenue and all the restaurants and amenities there. It's close to the park. They have the Farmers Market down there. I like the feel and location of the project," Lisac said.

The commercial and residential development will be two, four-story buildings, one along Powell with 16 apartments and 2,268 square feet of commercial space and another building along Northwest First Street with 33 apartments, according to a report issued by the city of Gresham staff to brief the Gresham Design Commission.

The apartments at 225 W. Powell Blvd. will be studios and one bedrooms.

The development will have an interior courtyard parking lot with 49 spaces and a pedestrian plaza.

Lisac said building will likely start in late spring and it will take about a year to complete.

To make the project work, 18 trees will have to be removed on the one acre property in addition to two buildings.

Normally, the city requires housing developments of this sort to have play areas for children. But the city staff report said because of the size of the apartments proposed, and their proximity to Main City Park and the playground at the now-shuttered West Gresham Elementary School, the play area requirement should be waived.

The city of Gresham sent out public notices to surrounding property owners, but did not receive any written comments as of year-end.

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