Chaucer Court provides 84 units of Section 8 housing for very-low-income elderly and disabled residents in downtown Portland. We helped project owner Union Labor Retirement Association (ULRA) plan and manage a thorough renovation of this National Historic Register–listed building, a former Odd Fellows lodge converted to affordable housing in 1980. The $6.1 million renovation included extensive upgrades to unit interiors, an overhaul of major building systems and the restoration of historic architectural details. It also involved some special challenges: for instance, when residents needed to be temporarily relocated during construction, HDC helped assure the relocation process complied with complex tax-credit funding requirements. We also helped ULRA devise a strategy for cost-effectively abating hazardous materials, including negotiating with the project’s private lender to reallocate a large collateral fund toward abatement costs.
- Client Union Labor Retirement Association
- Location Portland, Oregon
- Size 84 units; 79,175 square feet
- Development team Carleton Hart Architecture, Walsh Construction Co., GoodJames Consulting
- Completion date March 2012
- HDC role Tax-credit compliance training and consulting; construction management