The Tigard City Council recently amended the district's zoning to allow multi-family housing.

TIMES FILE PHOTO - A boy tries on a winter coat at a clothing giveaway event that Community Partners for Affordable Housing held this fall in Beaverton.As Tigard progresses toward redeveloping the area known as the “Tigard Triangle,” a nonprofit group with several complexes in Tigard and nearby communities is already planning one piece of the puzzle: affordable housing.

Community Partners for Affordable Housing recently purchased a parcel of land at 11090 S.W. 68th Parkway, just south of the Highway 99W corridor that marks the Triangle's upper perimeter. The group's executive director, Rachael Duke, said CPAH wants to ensure that there is affordable housing in the Triangle as the city looks to develop it for mixed uses.

“We were looking to do something more in the Triangle,” Duke said. “A lot of times, affordable housing … acts as a catalyst for other kinds of housing. … Our board was very excited and very interested in being present in the Triangle.”

CPAH provides housing meant for two groups: people who earn less than 30 percent of the median income in the area, and people who earn between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. Duke said this complex would have both types of housing.

But the project is still likely a couple of years away at the soonest. While the Tigard City Council approved a zoning change on Nov. 1 that would enable the affordable housing complex to be permitted and built, Duke said CPAH does not have the money to build yet, and it will have to go through Tigard's land use process for the necessary approvals to be granted.

Tigard voters are expected to be asked next May whether to approve a nearly 548-acre urban renewal district for the Tigard Triangle. That district would collect any tax revenue above the current amount to be spent on a number of voter-approved infrastructure projects. City officials say more roads and bridges must be built in the Triangle to encourage development.

CPAH is planning 80 to 100 units at the 68th Parkway complex, which has not yet been named. The building could be as tall as six stories, although it might end up being shorter.

“This might be a little larger than our buildings like The Knoll (at Tigard) and The Barcelona (at Beaverton) that we've done recently, which are about 48 units,” said Tracy Stepp, CPAH's fundraising and outreach manager. “So I would guess that it may take a little longer, but generally from the beginning of construction to the end is about a year.”

“I think it would be the same for this one as well,” Duke said.

Housing costs have been rising all across the region, which Duke said has fueled the need for affordable housing.

“Rents have … increased way more than people's incomes have increased,” Duke said. “So because of that, people are increasingly struggling with paying rent, and some people have lost their housing.”

The Tigard Triangle is so named because it is surrounded on three sides by Highways 99W and 217 and Interstate 5.

“I think it's going to be great to have a housing community there,” Duke said. “It's a perfect site, a place for people to live. It's so close to (Portland Community College) and transportation. … There's great employment opportunities.”

She added, “So we're very hopeful that people can live there and have good lives, and we can do what we do, which is provide them with excellent housing and then support them if they need that.”

By Mark Miller
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