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Bridge Meadows secures $100,000 gift

Windermere Stellar helps three-generational housing come to Beaverton.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - An artist's rendering shows the future Bridge Meadows multi-generational housing community along Southwest Allen Boulevard in BeavertonA real estate company's $100,000 donation brings the multi-generational housing community Bridge Meadows closer to meeting its fundraising goals for opening in Beaverton.

Windermere Stellar, a longtime Bridge Meadows supporter, directed this donation to help build a 41-unit community at the corner of Southwest Allen Boulevard and Menlo Drive, across the street from Beaverton Christian Church, which had owned most of the acreage.

Bridge Meadows is expected to break ground on the project this summer and open in spring 2017.

Beaverton officials have worked for more than a year to bring Bridge Meadows to the city as part of a wider plan to offer diverse housing types, including housing for lower-income seniors and families.

City, state and county assistance also helped the nonprofit reach nearly $14 million of the project's projected $15.2 million cost.

The Beaverton project will replicate Bridge Meadows' three-generational model in Portland.

Elderly residents living in 32 apartments on the two-acre property will help serve as surrogate grandparents to foster children living with adoptive families in nine homes in the community.

“We’re thrilled to receive this significant gift from our friends at Windermere Stellar. They have been our partner in every step of this journey, supporting us since our first location opened nearly six years ago,” Bridge Meadows executive director Derenda Schubert said in a news release. “Contributions, like those from Windermere Stellar, will help us in our efforts to create permanency in the lives of local-area foster children by providing forever homes, assisting adoptive parents with resources and giving elders purpose in their daily lives.”

“Windermere Stellar believes in the permanency, community and caring relationships that Bridge Meadows builds for its residents, and we are proud to have been their partner since the beginning,” said Windermere Stellar co-owner Joan Allen, who also serves on the Bridge Meadows Board of Directors. “With the Beaverton expansion, Bridge Meadows will further extend its reach, creating a sustainable solution that does not continually tap public dollars.”

“The new Bridge Meadows project is well-aligned with the Beaverton Community Vision Plan and has received the explicit support of city residents, especially neighbors around the site,” Mayor Denny Doyle said. “Bringing more affordable housing, particularly for seniors, is a top priority for the city, and the Bridge Meadows model of serving families who are in the process of adopting foster youth makes it all the better.”