Senior Housing Alongside the Senior Center

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Rendering of Tigard Senior Housing South West View



The City of Tigard is home to people of all ages and incomes and is working hard to meet the housing needs of all its residents. This project will help keep seniors in our community who are facing rising rents and increased living costs.

Project
The proposed project is located on a site owned by the City of Tigard at 8815 SW O’Mara Street alongside the Tigard Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, and close to the Fanno Creek Trail, Tigard Public Library,Downtown Tigard and several bus lines. The project is anticipated to be a four-story building with 50-60 one-bedroom units, and would house seniors 62 and older, including seniors getting by on Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability (often less than $16,000 per year). Additionally, the project will prioritize housing for veterans and seniors with disabilities.

Funding
In September 2020, Washington County awarded $6,270,000 in METRO Housing Bond funds to the Senior Housing Alongside the Senior Center project. Project Based Vouchers were also awarded assuring that 23 units' tenants pay no more than 30% of their income in rent. This is incredible news and means that Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) can proceed with the design of this project in cooperation with the community.

Housing Partner
Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) will develop the project. A non-profit affordable housing developer, NHA currently operates 16 affordable senior housing properties serving more than 900 seniors around the state of Oregon. Each NHA property is designed to help families and older adults lead healthy and stable lives.



Rendering of Tigard Senior Housing South West View



The City of Tigard is home to people of all ages and incomes and is working hard to meet the housing needs of all its residents. This project will help keep seniors in our community who are facing rising rents and increased living costs.

Project
The proposed project is located on a site owned by the City of Tigard at 8815 SW O’Mara Street alongside the Tigard Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, and close to the Fanno Creek Trail, Tigard Public Library,Downtown Tigard and several bus lines. The project is anticipated to be a four-story building with 50-60 one-bedroom units, and would house seniors 62 and older, including seniors getting by on Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability (often less than $16,000 per year). Additionally, the project will prioritize housing for veterans and seniors with disabilities.

Funding
In September 2020, Washington County awarded $6,270,000 in METRO Housing Bond funds to the Senior Housing Alongside the Senior Center project. Project Based Vouchers were also awarded assuring that 23 units' tenants pay no more than 30% of their income in rent. This is incredible news and means that Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) can proceed with the design of this project in cooperation with the community.

Housing Partner
Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) will develop the project. A non-profit affordable housing developer, NHA currently operates 16 affordable senior housing properties serving more than 900 seniors around the state of Oregon. Each NHA property is designed to help families and older adults lead healthy and stable lives.


This feature is temporarily closed during the application review phase of the project. Please reach out to garyp@tigard-or.gov for public comment.
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    are there any plans to "spruce-up" the outside of the senior center?

    none asked 6 months ago

    The project will add a new parking lot and new/updated landscaping around both properties. 

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    will you have to pass through senior housing project to get to Fanno Creek trail., it is not clear from the drawings.

    none asked 6 months ago
    The Fanno Creek Trail entrance will remain in its existing location and you may continue to access it as you do now. In addition, the project will be constructing a fully accessible, new pedestrian path from Omara Street to the Fanno Creek Trail that will be located between the housing development and adjacent church parking lot. This new connection will enhance pedestrian safety and security as it keeps the trail on a clear path (as opposed to walking through the Senior Center Parking Lot) connecting with the Fanno Creek Trail at its existing entrance. 
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    Is there going to be any alignment changes to the entrance at Omara and the Senior center? I live nearby and occasionally I see people getting confused entering and leaving the entrance to the senior center. Also, will there be improvements / additions to the sidewalks in the area to allow seniors to safely walk around the area?

    mdhendri asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question! There will not be any alignment changes but the project will include better signage and clarification at the entrance at Omara St. and the Senior Center. 

    As you know, currently, pedestrians are required to cut across the existing parking lot to access the Fanno Creek trail creating a dangerous combination of vehicles and pedestrians.  This project's plan does include a new pedestrian path, that is fully wheelchair and bicycle accessible. It will be built from Omara St. to the Senior Center and then Fanno Creek Trail. 

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    Does this area flood?

    over 1 year ago

    A: The building is being designed with access to Fanno Creek Trail in mind and to provide a more user friendly, safer and walkable access path to. In fact, the vast majority of the year, the Fanno Creek Trail is accessible. During the short season where occasional flooding occurs, certain sections of the trail are closed or inaccessible. Current plans would create a new grade separated, protected walkway, enhancing access to Fanno Creek and improving pedestrian safety and usability, including for members of the community who have a difference of physical ability.

    The site is not located within a 100-year flood zone or regulatory floodway, rather, it is located just south of Fanno Creek and the Fanno Creek Regional Trail (that slopes downward toward the creek). A wetland delineation, performed in 2019, mapped the nearby wetlands and the vegetated corridor buffer. The building will not be constructed in the wetlands or vegetated corridor. 

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    Why place housing alongside the Senior Center site?

    over 1 year ago

    A: The building site is well located for affordable senior living and the programs, services and location will contribute strongly to the greater physical and mental health of the seniors. The location offers seniors an opportunity to age in place, continue to live in Tigard, and maintain the community they’ve built over a lifetime. As the project is situated in an attractive wooded setting with creek access and within the newly developing and highly walkable Downtown Tigard, residents will enjoy active lifestyles and community connections. Only steps away from the Tigard Public Library and within easy walking distance of public transit, the site provides a unique opportunity for a transit-oriented development project in a community that is rapidly evolving into a more walkable and livable hub. 

    • It is close to the walkable downtown core shopping and services, the Library, and a new community gathering place and plaza.
    • It is adjacent to natural areas including the Fanno Creek regional trail system. This location offers immediate access to nature which promotes the physical health of residents as well as their mental health.
    • It is alongside the Senior Center offering the opportunity for reciprocal supportive programming and services between the existing Senior Center / Meals on Wheels services and the new Senior services that will be provided at the housing.  
    • This site is located on City of Tigard owned land which the city is leasing to the project at no cost for 99 years. This allows the new apartments to rent for less and provides assurances of a long-term quality affordable housing asset within the City. The City is making a deep commitment to address the affordable housing crisis by making this land available for support of Seniors.
    • A study funded by Metro in 2019, helped establish the feasibility of this site for affordable senior living.


    The City is in the process of planning the Universal Plaza project, which is planned to be located approximately 0.5 miles from the site. The Universal Plaza will host the Tigard Area Farmers Market and other cultural attractions – including movies and music in the park as well as educational/artistic installations. In addition to ease of walkability, the remarkable revitalization of Tigard’s historic Main Street and the surrounding downtown provides a significant benefit to senior residents living at the Affordable Housing building. 

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    What transportation options are available to support residents?

    rachelm asked about 1 year ago

    A: The multiple public transportation options near the building site will provide residents with access to shopping, cultural, education and commercial establishments all over the region. A stop for TriMet #76 bus route is only 0.2 miles from the site and provides a direct connection to Legacy Park Meridian Hospital, Washington Square Mall and a variety of shopping options. The building will be located 0.5 miles from the planned Southwest Corridor Light Rail station while the Tigard Transit Center, which is presently served by seven TriMet bus lines, Yamhill County Transit and the WES Commuter Rail service, is also located approximately 0.75 miles near. Shuttle services will transport residents to shopping, medical, and grocery outlets in the surrounding areas. Additionally, the Library, Fanno Creek and Senior Center provide opportunities for residents to combat feelings of isolation by engaging in community and enrichment activities. 

    The building’s resident services will promote an inclusive environment. Northwest Housing Alternatives' Senior Health & Housing program connects residents with in-home care and services, coordinating health and wellness clinics on site at properties and providing community building events to combat isolation and loneliness. The Resident Services Plan for Tigard Senior Housing will work to ensure that residents are happy, healthy, connected to their community and engaged in activities, which promote civic leadership. Northwest Housing Alternatives' demonstrated success in keeping residents stably housed and our strong and deep roots in the community are positive indicators of the success of our program and the assurance that our senior residents will benefit from the high living standards that will be offered at Tigard Senior Housing.

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    How will the building meet fire codes and earthquake resistance requirements?

    rachelm asked about 1 year ago

    A: All fire code requirements from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue will be fully met. The development team is working closely with the fire marshal, planners, and building permit specialists to assure that the concept design and building plans meet all applicable codes. Additionally, the project will take into account the soil type and composition and will be designed to meet site specific earthquake risks. This is completed through multiple professional investigations, services, reports and surveys.

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    Will the project impact the environment?

    over 1 year ago

    A: Construction will occur outside of flood and natural buffer areas and will include community spaces and educational opportunities to learn about the natural area that surrounds the site. The project will work to preserve and celebrate the natural environment.  Preliminary plans envision a building with green features and site design that improves connectivity to the surrounding neighborhood and Fanno Creek Park.

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    Have seniors and local residents participated in the site location and planning process?

    rachelm asked about 1 year ago

    A: The project will take into account the many dynamic components of the site, and stakeholder input has heavily influenced the conceptual design work completed to date, resident services planned, and communities to be engaged moving forward. In July of 2019, the City of Tigard selected Northwest Housing Alternatives to develop this project. One of the first steps taken by Northwest Housing Alternatives was to convene a Project Advisory Group. This advisory group is made up of community stakeholders which includes immediate neighbors, members of the Senior Center Advisory Council and staff from Meals on Wheels, a Tigard City Councilor, and members of the Tigard Town Center Advisory Commission. The group’s purpose is to engage stakeholders, document concerns and set goals for the project through an articulation of “guiding principles.” 

    Northwest Housing Alternatives conducted a post-development survey of neighbors of affordable housing regularly show satisfaction with the development, as the buildings are high quality, well maintained, and bring services to the community. A project of this scale has many phases of outreach and engagement so as to ensure the needs and experiences of the entire community are represented. Although, the onset of COVID-19 required the cancelation of in-person outreach and community events, there is a now a virtual engagement plan that is being implemented. The work to date has shown strong support and engagement for the project and when complete, this project will serve a critical need in the community by bringing new and fully accessible, affordable homes built with state-of-the-art construction methods to Tigard’s seniors.

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    How will emergency vehicles access the building?

    rachelm asked about 1 year ago

    A: Site improvements are being undertaken with this project to prioritize the site safer for pedestrian movement and access. The development team is working closely with the fire marshal, planners, and building permit specialists to assure that the concept design and building plans meet all applicable codes. All fire code requirements from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue will be fully met.