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Sisters of the Holy Names asking city of Lake Oswego to rezone property for that use

PMG FILE PHOTO - After Marylhurst University closed two years ago, the Sisters of the Holy Names are now proposing a portion of the property be used for affordable housing.In the two years since Marylhurst University closed, The Sisters of the Holy Names have been exploring options for the 40-acre property — and affordable workforce housing has emerged among the top contenders.

During the Lake Oswego City Council meeting today at 3 p.m. they will discuss potentially rezoning the property to allow for multi-family housing.

In 2019, the Sisters gathered input from local community members, the religious community, neighborhood associations, administrators at the senior living facility Mary's Woods, and others, about the property's potential uses.

Affordable housing for those in need was popular.

Two months ago the Sisters approached the city about rezoning the property so it would permit a portion of the property to be used for affordable workforce housing.

"This would help support the local workforce and increase the supply of needed housing in Lake Oswego. It could also reduce traffic pressure on adjacent Highway 43 by providing housing options for some of the 400 employees of Mary's Woods," read the Sisters' press release. "The Sisters intend to continue to preserve historic resources on the property, and to maintain the remainder of the 40-acre campus for nonprofit uses and open space."

According to the press release, the Sisters are working with Mercy Housing Northwest — an affordable housing nonprofit organization — and the rezoning process would begin this summer and include community outreach.

Marylhurst University, which was founded in 1893 and known as the oldest Catholic university in Oregon, closed in 2018 due to declining enrollment numbers.

Tune into the city's YouTube channel to follow the city's decision.

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