More than 200 families have started moving into the first affordable apartments in Portland’s high-rise South Waterfront district.
Over the last decade, the old industrial site along the Willamette River has been transformed into a neighborhood of glistening towers.
The City’s North Macadam Urban Renewal Area helped spur its creation. But until now the goal of affordable housing hadn’t been realized.
The reasons — a mixture of the recession, and tax dollars being spent first on the aerial tram and streetcar.
Riad Sahli of the low-income housing developer REACH, says there’s big demand, “We started move-ins already. They started two weeks ago. We’re doing about two or three a day. And so at that rate, it’ll take a few months for the building to be physically full.”
About 20 percent of the apartments are reserved for low-income veterans who’ve been homeless during the last two years. The other apartments are for people earning up to 60 percent of the median family income.
Rents range from $480 to about $800 a month.