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All Southeast neighborhoods have been seeing an explosion of apartment houses -- Woodstock, too

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - At S.E. 54th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, on the north side of the street, are thirty-eight new apartments offered for rent in late September.
Across the street from each other at S.E. 54th and Woodstock Boulevard are two multi-family building complexes – under construction by different developers.

The complex on the north side of the street, called "54 Woodstock" – three levels, with 38 apartments – was the first one ready for occupation, in late September. The builder is "LISAC Brothers Construction", a business owned by Mark and Brian Lisac. The structure was designed by architect Barry R. Smith.

The thirty-eight units include 13 studios, 22 one-bedrooms, and 3 two-bedroom apartments. Three apartments are set aside for "inclusionary housing", renting for $855 for a studio and $916 for the one-bedrooms. Applications have already been received for these three. The rest are set at market rent rates, with a $500 deposit.

The apartments' amenities include air conditioning, WiFi, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, floor to ceiling windows, open floor plans, additional storage, and ample bicycle garaging. Two pets per apartment are allowed, with some restrictions. There are two stairwells, front and back, to accommodate the three levels.

While many apartment complexes are being built these days without parking, this particular project has a parking lot on the north side with eight spaces that will rent, first-come-first-served, for $50 a month. Tri-Met bus routes 19, 71, and 75 are within walking distance.

As for the building's architect, Barry R. Smith has a long career of designing buildings in the Portland area, including many townhouses and apartment complexes. He designed RiverPark near the Sellwood Bridge, and the complexes in Sellwood at 7339 S.E. Milwaukie and S.E. Linn and 11th Avenue. He also is the architect for the townhouses that will be built on the lot across from Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, where the Moreland Farmers Market has been through this year, at S.E. 14th and Bybee Boulevard.

Smith says the highlight for him in the "54 Woodstock" building is that it is one of the first three apartment houses in the city to contain some "inclusionary housing" i.e., units that are considered to be affordable to people with low to moderate incomes. He says the Housing Bureau and the Mayor's office were still determining how inclusionary housing would work, when he was designing the building.

Smith credits builder Mark Lisac for figuring out the rather laborious process for "inclusionary housing". One extra floor of apartments was added to make three affordable units possible. "I am happy we were able to make it work, and to also include more density," remarked Smith.

Meantime, on the south side at 54th and Woodstock is another three-story apartment complex being developed under the name of "EkoLiving.com" and built by WDC Construction. It will remain under construction for several more months, and will be reported on in THE BEE in a future issue.

An Open House for "54 Woodstock was held on Wednesday, September 26, from 2 until 5 p.m. The official address is 5401 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. To see more, go online – www.54woodstock.com

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