The 28 studio apartments constructed on the corner of S.E. 51st Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard are now complete. Built by the local two-generational family company "Lisac Brothers Construction", the new accommodations range in size from 369 to 425 square feet each.
Each studio comes with a refrigerator, microwave oven, range, dishwasher, washer, and dryer. Kitchen cabinets can provide extra storage, and floors are laid with luxury vinyl. There is an outside courtyard area in the back, a dog-washing station, high-speed Internet, and a front-entry system that allows for safe package delivery, and entry for visitors through a ring from the tenants' phones.
Ready for all seasons, the apartments are equipped with air conditioning as well as heating. 31 bike racks, and TriMet bus service on Woodstock Boulevard, may help compensate for the lack of any on-site parking.
The studio apartment complex, named "Cardy", was designed by Barry Smith – the same architect who Lisac Brothers used in building "54 Woodstock", the 38 apartments complex that opened in 2018 on Woodstock at 54th Avenue. "Everything starts with the design, with attention to detail and finish," co-owner Mark Lisac said of their structures, in a telephone interview with THE BEE in early April, as the latest apartments were being completed.
Lisac Brothers Construction has also built apartments and townhomes in Sellwood, and elsewhere in the Portland area. Their commercial mixed-use project Flipside Bar and Carts on S.E. 93rd at Woodstock Boulevard, in the Lents neighborhood, opened in May of 2018. With an eight-cart food cart pod, a rooftop deck, and a 2,500-square-foot indoor bar with craft beers on tap, Flipside seats 65 indoors and 32 on the roof. It also includes nine apartments.
Brian and Mark Lisac grew up in Carver, here in Oregon, and say they are committed to providing construction in neighborhoods to serve community needs. The studio apartment rents range from $995 to $1195 per month. Slightly bigger units on the third floor and front corners will constitute the higher rents. The three-level complex includes two "inclusionary" units.
Co-owner Brian Lisac has been working on-site at 51st Avenue and Woodstock almost every weekday during construction, and as the work was finishing, he explained how they came up with the building's name – "Cardy".
"It's named for my two sons, Cody and Carson, and Uncle Mark came up with the name Cardy." He says combining the two names seemed more diplomatic than choosing going with the name "Carson" as originally planned, and Brian quickly agreed.
The leasing agent for the new studio apartments is Property Management MJP, which can be contacted at 503/320-0680.
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