Forty affordable housing apartments are slated for a new 86-unit, five-story, mixed-use building at 2510 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Construction should get underway in early 2018 and the units, to be built by Kevin Cavenaugh’s Guerrilla Development, should be ready for occupancy in mid-2019. Cavenaugh dubbed the project “Atomic Orchard, an affordable housing experiment.”
Architect Brett Schulz, who worked on the nearby New Crusher Court and Zipper projects, said Cavenaugh will get tax credits for 20 of the affordable housing apartments, but is adding an additional 20 apartments at greatly reduced “less than affordable” income standards for professionals who find market-rate housing daunting. “The discounted units will be marketed exclusively to teachers and social workers, as a way of giving back to individuals whose income bracket does not reflect how actively they are involved with enriching and shaping the city of Portland,” Schulz said.
The Kerns neighborhood building will surround a large sky-lit atrium, 20 apartments will have private stoop entrances, and apartments will be two-level units with a spiral staircase connecting the lower floor to a loft. “The ground floor of the building along Northeast Sandy Boulevard will contain five retail spaces,” said Schulz, “and 17 parking stalls will be included along with more-than-required bicycle parking and a group of Bike Share bicycles,” Schulz added.