Beaverton taps Community Partners for Affordable Housing and Central Bethany Development

Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle announced on Wednesday the partner-developer team for the city-owned block at the corner of Southwest First Street and Lombard Avenue.

City officials chose Community Partners for Affordable Housing and Central Bethany Development for a public-private partnership to potentially develop the Lombard Block.

The proposal calls for a medium-density, multiple-use development of two buildings comprising 103 housing units and about 7,200 square feet of commercial space for lease.

Community Partners hopes to develop a 48-unit affordable housing project with approximately 1,700 square feet of community space available to the public.

Central Bethany Development is planning a 55-unit workforce/market-rate housing project with about 7,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

The city acquired the .84-acre parcel in June.

At a ceremony in July, Doyle used a backhoe to remove a 10-foot cinderblock wall from next to one of the vacant buildings on the parcel. He vowed that 85 percent of the materials, including the remainder of structures on the lot, would be properly recycled in line with the city's sustainability goals.

'It's critical that we promote investment in our community and create new jobs,' Doyle said on Wednesday. 'This project will represent a significant investment in Central Beaverton. We want something to rise from the Lombard Block that we will be very proud of - community participation will be key to our overall success.'

Doyle praised Central Bethany Development for the agency's prior successes.

'Roy Kim and Central Bethany Development have a very successful track record in developing this type of project in a suburban setting,' he said. 'Their development of the Bethany area is one of the best in all of Washington County - I know that Mr. Kim will deliver an outstanding development in Central Beaverton.'

Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Doyle noted, has a 'distinguished history' of providing quality, affordable housing projects throughout the Portland region.

The city closed on purchasing of the Lombard Block in June and advertised for development proposals from qualified firms.

The buildings that were located on the block will be deconstructed by the end of the year. The city hired DeConstruction Services to carefully take apart the buildings and salvage reusable materials for resale. This includes doors, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, siding, lumber and other materials.

After a team of city officials made the selection on Tuesday, both qualified firms were notified. They now must work on a proposal for the site and negotiate a Disposition and Development Agreement. The agreement will go before the City Council for approval.

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