remains one of the west coast’s most affordable cities, but as it continues to
grow spikes in rent are spawning a reevaluation of this claim. One district
where affordability is an issue is the River District. Created with the support
of the Portland Development Commission more than 20 years ago, the area
includes what is now known as The Pearl and Old Town/Chinatown. An
investigation published by The Oregonian found that the city has created a mix of more than 9,000
units but is missing their target for affordable living.
Moisan is working alongside our dedicated affordable housing clients to create
spaces to serve this market. In The Pearl alone,
the firm has had a hand in adding more than 400 affordable units and a new
design is currently under construction on the northwest edge of this district.
The Abigail will add 127 affordable and 27 market-rate apartments to an
emerging section of this celebrated neighborhood.
retail and community spaces at ground level, the apartments are composed of two
six-story buildings linked by a transparent bridge accessible on every level.
Each building takes separate cues from the surrounding environment in order to
generate separate identities—the rigid form of the west building, clad in a
light brick veneer, responds to the urban character of 13th Avenue;
the flexible form of the east building reflects the motion of the bordering
railroad tracks and fluidity of the river.
for Abigail Scott Duniway, the apartments service an underrepresented sector of
the community, much like Abigail herself. She was a Portland activist and
businesswoman instrumental in the fight for women’s suffrage. Through her
dedication, Oregon became the seventh state in the Union to acknowledge the
movement and Abigail became the first woman in Oregon to cast a vote.
housing aims to address the needs of a growing, underserved segment of the
population. Ankrom Moisan aims to continue to design quality, sustainable
spaces where people in this market can lead stable, comfortable lives. Without
it, our vibrant urban community would not be able to thrive.