An upscale Tigard senior living community has the distinction of becoming the first construction project to develop in Tigard Triangle under its so-called "lean code" designation without having to make any adjustments to its proposal.
On Wednesday, Eclipse Senior Living broke ground on its 198-unit Evoke Portland assisted and independent living complex to be built just east of the Walmart Supercenter on Dartmouth Street.
The five-story structure, dubbed as a "high-end community" by its developers, will include numerous amenities including three restaurants, according to Brian Bennett of Bennett Development. Evoke Portland is being developed by Basecamp I, LLC, a collaboration between Spring Capital and Bennett Development.
"It has taken a tremendous amount of effort and I've surrounded myself with super-talented people," Bennett said about getting to the point of breaking ground on the development, which will occupy 223,600 square feet of slightly uneven property. "We really need to have the right people around and we do."
The main floor – sporting a Northwest motif -- will include a pool, a spa, fitness area, men's and women's locker rooms, hair salons, a movie theater, two exercise rooms, a massage room, a winery and clubhouse. Basecamp Bistro will be one of the restaurants open to both the public and Evoke Portland residents as well. A second restaurant, Northwest Passage, will also be open to the public with a third restaurant reserved for assisted living residents.
Bennett said original plans were to locate a cancer treatment center on the site, something that didn't work out. He praised both the Tigard City Council and Susan Shanks, a Tigard senior planner, and the Tigard City Council for having vision and helping see him through the process where he connected with Eclipse Senior Living, a Lake Oswego-based national manager of distinctive independent, assisted living and memory care communities.
The project also was eligible for a vertical housing tax abatement.
"I think from the design aesthetics, it's going to be a beautiful project," said Kai Hsiao, Eclipse Senior Living CEO. "I'm looking forward to being part of this project."
Tigard City Councilor Tom Anderson said the project would "activate" the Tigard Triangle, making it a more "walkable" area. The Tigard Triangle is a 500-acre parcel of land that contains a district designed specifically for mixed-use zoning under a so-called "lean code," which makes it easier for developers to receive approval for their projects.
"I'm so impressed by the architect and design folks and the building techniques they have now," said Anderson.
Evoke Portland will open in 2022. Eclipse Senior Living operates 100 senior housing communities in 28 states.
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