Work crews will wrap up construction on Gilman Court by April 7, with the first tenants expected to move into their new apartments on April 15, according to Laura Recko, public relations director for REACH Community Development Corporation, the nonprofit that owns and developed the building.
The 60-unit building for low-income seniors 55 or over at 610 N.E. 99th Ave. had received about 65 rental applications by mid-March, Recko said. REACH staffers plan to stop accepting applications after they have received 150.
R & H Colas Construction Company’s work on the six-story building was about 90 percent complete by mid-March. Recko was confident workers would finish by their April 7 deadline.
A grand opening for the $15.8 million complex will be held at the site on July 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Open to the public, the event will feature music and refreshments.
Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer is slated to speak at the opening, honoring his friend Dennis Gilman, who passed away in 2001. The new complex is named after Gilman, who co-founded REACH and was its first director. Gilman’s two surviving daughters, Maggie Gilman Holm and Cadie Gilman, will also speak, along with REACH’s executive director, Dan Valliere, and others.
One-bedroom apartments at the complex rent to seniors earning 30 to 60 percent of the area’s current median family income, or $15,450 to $30,900 for single-family households.
Four of the 60 units in the building rent for $325 a month, plus utilities, for seniors earning 30 percent of the median family income.
The other 56 units rent to seniors earning 55 percent of the median family income, renting for $605 to $640 per month plus utilities.
Gilman Court is located next door to Glisan Commons Phase I, a 67-unit, five-story workforce housing building owned by Human Solutions. The main floor of that building houses Ride Connection, a transportation service provider for seniors and people with disabilities.
REACH will provide on-site property management for both Gilman Court and Glisan Commons, while Human Solutions offers resident services for both buildings, Recko said.
A 64-space parking lot is shared by both buildings, with another 20 spaces available on evenings and weekends when Ride Connection is closed.
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