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Mercy Housing announces application was submitted earlier this month for its development review process. 

COURTESY RENDERING - Project team members from Mercy Housing Northwest submitted materials to the city for the development review process on the Marylhurst Commons workforce housing project. The workforce housing project at the old Marylhurst University campus (which is now referred to as Marylhurst Commons) is moving on to its next stage.

As of Dec. 6, project team members from Mercy Housing Northwest submitted materials to the city for the development review process on a 100-unit complex.

Mercy Housing owns and operates 54 affordable housing properties in Washington and Idaho — but none in Oregon. That will soon change, however, as the nonprofit dedicated to "redefining affordable, low-income housing" has partnered with the Sisters of the Holy Names organization for a workforce housing development at Marylhurst Commons.

The project crystallized in the years following Marylhurst's permanent closure in 2018. The university, which was founded in 1893 and known as the oldest Catholic university in Oregon, closed due to declining enrollment numbers. The site, which is located along Highway 43 near the border of West Linn, houses 14 existing buildings — five of which are historic landmarks and not subject to development. The intention is to replace three existing dormitories and build the housing development there.

At the end of last year, the Lake Oswego City Council unanimously voted to approve code amendments to allow for affordable multi-family housing at the site. This past June, Mercy Housing received $4.25 million in funding for the project from the Oregon Housing and Community Service office.

If approved, the development will be between three and four stories and feature about 100 units that vary from one to three bedrooms. It will also offer an indoor community space for various adult and children's services — the latter of which will be offered year-round (including during school breaks and the summer). The majority of families at the development will earn between $55,000 and $60,000 per year.

The application will be reviewed by the Lake Oswego Development Review Commission at a date that has yet to be announced. The hope is for construction to begin in the summer of 2022, with the development opening in the fall of 2023.

To learn more, visit the project's site.


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