The first affordable senior housing project in Orenco Station is under construction.

The 45-unit Alma Gardens apartment complex is being developed by the nonprofit Northwest Housing Alternatives at Northeast Orenco Station Parkway and Campus Court, near the TriMet Park and Ride lot that serves the MAX station. It is scheduled to be completed next winter.

The $9.3 million project is funded by a variety of sources, including state Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the Washington County Office of Community Development, the Washington County Office of Housing Services, Oregon Housing and Community Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

REACH, another nonprofit housing provider, is expected to break ground on the first phase of its Orenco Station project next year.

City’s top positions shuffle new personnel

The city of Hillsboro has a game of musical chair going on among its top administrators.

Interim Assistant City Manager Steve Greagor was hired as assistant city manager on Nov. 16. Before moving to the Administration Department in September, Greagor was director of the Parks Department.

That position is now filled on an interim basis by Assistant Parks Director Wayne Gross. A search is under way for a permanent replacement.

Hillsboro also recently hired a new economic development director. He is Mark Clemons, the director of project development for Group Mackenzie who previously worked for the Portland Development Commission.

Also, Hillsboro Planning Director Pat Ribellia retired but has been retained as legislative consultant through the 2013 session that begins in January.

Ribellia has not yet been replaced.

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