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The nineteen-acre campus will soon be home to UO's Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health

COURTESY IMAGE: COLLIERS PORTLAND  - The private Concordia campus in Northeast Portland, which closed in 2020, has officially been sold to the University of Oregon for a renovation into a children's mental health center.The University of Oregon has finalized its purchase of Concordia University's Northeast Portland campus.

The deal, announced June 29, encompasses a 19-acre campus and 23 buildings. Plans include renovations to transform the campus into UO's Ballmer institute for Children's Behavioral Health, a specialized center for children's behavioral and mental health crises.

Schoolchildren in crisis has become a more evident mental health concern since the start of the pandemic.

Concordia University was a private Lutheran university in Portland, Oregon that closed in Spring 2020.

Colliers' Mike Holzgang, Scott MacLean and Sean Worl along with Matt Messier and Rick Helton of Foundry Commercial represented the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, which retained the firms to secure a buyer with the intention of understanding and preserving the campus's role in the community. Colliers' Chris Johnson represented the University of Oregon.

"This was an excellent acquisition for the University of Oregon," Johnson said. "Not only does the Concordia Campus provide the space and infrastructure necessary to achieve the University of Oregon's goals related to the Ballmer Institute and other Portland-based programs, it is located in the middle of a committed and engaged community that will no doubt provide invaluable support to the students who choose to further their education there."

The new campus is intended to help support creating a new degree and certificate programs, and facilitate outreach, intervention and treatment programs for K-12 students.

"We are so pleased to have presented LCEF with this opportunity from the University of Oregon," Holzgang said. "The Concordia campus has been a source of community and connection for the surrounding neighborhood for decades, and it was important to us to find a buyer that would protect that legacy. We look forward to watching The Ballmer Institute's impact on the neighborhood and on the greater Portland community."

The renovation plans will be funded by a $425 million donation from Ballmer Group Philanthropy.

"LCEF was intentional in finding a buyer for this property that would serve in the best interests not only of the immediate surrounding community, but of children and families that will be impacted by the positive outcomes that will come out of the Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health for decades to come," Messier said.

At the new campus, UO plans to bring on about 20 new faculty members and aims for its new institute to add 200 behavioral health practitioners to Oregon public schools, working directly with struggling students.

Currently on the site, there are 23 existing structures and facilities including 395,346 square feet of classrooms, learning spaces, administrative offices, a baseball diamond and soccer field with a 1,775-seat stadium, as well as a cafeteria and eating area, LEED Gold-certified library, 33,500-square-foot gym, and 513 student housing beds.

All of this is now slated to undergo renovations to support treatment and research for children's mental health.

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