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Large Friendsview development coming in phases

First stage will bring 38 units in four-story building along Cherry Street


A major expansion of Friendsview Retirement Community’s Fulton Street facility is approaching this spring following the announcement of plans for a new “neighborhood” to be built west of the existing campus.

When it’s fully built out the new development will consist of a number of buildings that stretch down to Fulton Street and over to Meridian Street. Roughly 175 units are planned to be added in the neighborhood, which has been dubbed “University Village.”

“With Friendsview’s increased waiting lists for two-bedroom residences, many intent list applicants are delighted that a new neighborhood providing spacious homes close to (George Fox University), the Chehalem Cultural Center and the Newberg downtown is becoming available,” Friendsview spokesman Frank Engle said.SUBMITTED - The view north down Center Street will look a lot different in the coming years as Friendsview Retirement Community begins a major expansion known as University Village. The light-colored buildings in the foreground are houses that will be removed for the project.

The development’s $11 million first phase will consist of a four-story building with 38 new units and 38 parking spaces. That phase is bounded on the north by railroad tracks and to the south by Cherry Street, now a private drive. Three houses are planned to be demolished for the first phase.

The 38 units are planned as two-bedroom “hybrid homes,” referring to floor plans that are a combination of other Friendsview layouts. The “hybrid” plan blends the concept of the retirement community’s duplex homes and “congregate” two-bedroom apartments. Congregate housing means residents live independently but are provided with some shared services, such as meals and recreational activities.

The floor plans range from 889 to 1,290 square feet, and each includes a balcony.

“The unique hybrid-home design affords residents opportunity to live in residences that feel like our duplex homes while they enjoy the conveniences and views offered by our Creekside apartments,” Engle said.

Also included in the phase one development is a community room as well as second-floor outdoor patio.

Each floor plan is named after a Quaker college, starting with Newberg’s own GFU and continuing with Barclay, Friends University, William Penn and Malone.

The connection with GFU, though, goes deeper than that.

Over the years many GFU alumni have returned to Newberg and become residents at the retirement community; its location adjacent to the college has meant the chance for some partnerships.

“Adding University Village to the neighborhood will increase opportunities for student-resident connections,” GFU president Robin Baker said of the expansion plan.

A design review application has been submitted to the city’s community development department and after the public comment period closed at the end of January department director Doug Rux will make a decision on the application. He estimated a decision would be made by the end of this week.

Phase one is scheduled to begin construction in June, but even though construction is still months away 65 percent of the University Village residences are already reserved. Construction is projected to take about a year, finishing up in the spring or summer of 2017. The schedule for the future phases of construction will be determined after the first phase is complete, Engle said.

Friendsview was dedicated in 1961, after the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends had been discussing the idea of starting such a facility for years.

It has operated as a nonprofit faith-based retirement community since then. The organization provides a variety of different care levels and living options, from independent living to memory care and nursing home services.