Closing Announcement: Mahonia Crossing Phase II
December 22, 2022
We are excited to announce the closing of Mahonia Crossing Phase II!
Located in Salem, Oregon, Mahonia Crossing Phase II will build upon Phase I of the project, offering additional affordable housing units and amenities to seniors, families, and residents, with a focus on providing units to those who have been impacted by Oregon wildfires. The project will add 129 apartment homes to Phase I’s 184, providing 3 one-bedroom, 33 two-bedroom, and 53 three-bedroom units. In addition, all residents will have access to the amenities offered in the first phase of the development, including the community center, fitness rooms, children’s play structure, barbecue, and picnic areas. Mahonia Crossing Phase II will seek to incorporate additional amenities for residents.
Built as a Community for All Ages — an intentionally designed community where people of all ages can live, work, and play together — senior apartment homes have been included in the ground floor of the Phase II buildings, providing prospective senior residents with both unit and building options. Through careful design and a thoughtful resident services program, the project will seek to promote interactions between seniors, families, and individuals to nurture a multi-generational community. Mahonia Crossing Phase II aims to provide a sense of place and a feeling of belonging, seeking to cultivate resident’s mental and physical health as well as their overall wellbeing.
Resident Services will be provided by project partner, EngAGE NW, a nonprofit that takes a holistic approach to community and creativity by providing on-site arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building, and intergenerational programs for seniors and families. PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) was involved in community outreach for both phases, aiming to investigate, promote, and engage in inclusive design practices that address the growing needs of underserved communities. The site was designed by Scott Edwards Architecture and is being built by Gerding Builders. The property manager will be Guardian.
Mahonia Crossing Phase II is unique in that it has no LIHTC financing. The project was made possible by funding sources including Wildfire LIFT funds, awarded by the state in the amount of $25,175,000, with construction and permanent loans from CitiBank. It is also the State of Oregon’s first ever project to use recycled bonds from our Rockwood 10 project.
The site of both Phase I and II was originally owned by local developer and master plan visionary, John Miller of Wildwood | Mahonia, who has been developing the South Gateway neighborhood for over 40 years. Construction has started on Phase I, with expected completion in September 2023.