An innovative transit-oriented development located in Portland, Oregon’s emerging Gateway Urban Renewal District, Glisan Commons provides 67 units of low-income housing combined with robust services for vulnerable populations. A long-awaited symbol of community investment in this struggling area of Portland, the building provides affordable homes, plentiful transit options, and important social services to working families.
Budget constraints required the creative maneuvering of a limited palette; fiber-cement siding, vertical metal paneling, and accents of custom-color aluminum panels at major building elements were carefully composed. The program includes a second-floor shared kitchen, computer lab, meeting room for social services and job training, and a rooftop deck with vegetable garden.
Glisan Commons has been fully occupied with a waitlist since it opened, with many tenants transitioning directly from homelessness. The ground-floor commercial space is home to Ride Connection’s new headquarters, a nonprofit that provides transportation options for the elderly and people with disabilities.