The City of Portland is seeking proposals from qualified developers for the purchase of the property at 157 Brackett Street for the development of affordable housing. The 8,640 square foot lot is located next to the Fresh Approach Market, across the street from the Reiche School.
According to the City’s Request for Proposals, the development should not be an island unto itself, but rather blend into and enhance the surrounding community. The City also wants the design to be reflective of the surrounding traditional neighborhood, and create infill development that reflects and respects the existing pattern, streetscape, density, scale, massing, exterior materials and design elements of the neighborhood.
The site and buildings will be required to meet the City’s Green Building Code. Heights will be less than or equal to the average of structures in a two-block radius. Universal Design principles will also be incorporated wherever feasible, to ensure that the design is physically accessible to the greatest range of users.
Development is expected to provide affordable rental or home ownership units. Mixed income projects serving households that are very low, low to moderate, and middle income are eligible, as well as projects with mixed unit types including efficiencies, one, two and three or four bedroom units. The minimum term of affordability is 90 years, to be secured by a land use restriction covenant in the deed.