New Homes Kick Off–We Brought Down the House!

April 21, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

With deconstruction of an existing, vacant home in progress in the background, we celebrated the beginning of development for four new affordable and sustainable homes in North Portland’s Portsmouth neighborhood.  City of Portland officials, neighbors and other community members joined in the celebration Wednesday, April 14.

The four new homes, developed by PCRI in conjunction with Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau, fulfill a part of PCRI’s mission to provide affordable housing—when they are completed in the fall, the homes will be available for sale to buyers earning 80% or less of area median income.  The homes also represent a commitment to expand minority homeownership opportunities as part of the Operation Home Ownership and Minority Equity program, established in 2005 to raise awareness and reduce barriers for minority homeowners.

Ranging from 1550 to 1620 square feet, the homes “will be the largest homes being targeted for affordable home ownership that Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau has funded to date,” said John Marshall of Portland Development Commission, who was present for the celebration. “They will be incredible improvements to the neighborhood.”

As evidenced by the deconstruction work happening in the background, sustainability is another key aspect of the new homes.  As part the Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot program, the four new homes will be 15% – 30% more energy efficient than a home built to Oregon’s 2008 energy code and will provide practical information about energy efficiency methods and costs for the City of Portland and other homebuilders.  The homes have been designed to achieve LEED, Earth Advantage and Energy Star certifications for sustainable materials, design and construction and have been submitted for the city’s annual Build It Green home tour.

The kick-off celebration comes just weeks after closing on construction funding with Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau.  Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director, addressed the crowd at the celebration, enthusiastically thanking the project’s partners and supporters and speaking of the hurdles overcome to realize the project.

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