Stephens Creek Crossing (SCC) is a mixed-use, affordable housing development that replaced 60 dilapidated apartments in southwest Portland. SCC provides 122 apartments, an 11,200 SF LEED Gold Opportunity Center, and a 7,200 SF Children’s Center Head Start School.
Challenged by steep slopes, the former development lacked physical and visual access on and surrounding the site. Connecting the redevelopment with its neighborhood was a primary focus. The project owner, Home Forward, purchased additional property to build the Children’s Center on top of the hill facing Capitol Highway. This approach resulted in a strong sense of belonging for residents and inclusion for neighbors.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
It is inviting to the people that live there and the people that will visit. More importantly, they created a neighborhood there. This, to me, is one of the best examples of how you can create community in new projects.
Views from units connect to community courtyards and enhance a sense of security. An innovative split-level three bedroom townhouse plan allowed compact footprints with double-height living rooms and abundant light.