Grand Opening of Affordable Housing in Portland’s Pearl District

PORTLAND, OR, September 16, 2016—Portland and BRIDGE Housing today will celebrate the grand opening of The Abigail at 11 am at 1650 NW 13th Avenue.

The Abigail is the first new development by BRIDGE Housing in Oregon; BRIDGE is a nationally recognized nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing.

The Abigail is a six-story, mixed-use development that is energizing the north end of the Pearl District with the addition of 155 new homes for families and individuals. The Abigail is mixed-income, with 27 market-rate units and 128 apartments that are affordable for families earning 30% to 60% of Median Family Income (currently up to $43,980 for a household of four).

The Abigail includes a mixture of unit sizes from studios to three bedrooms; more than half of the apartments have two or three bedrooms. Amenities include two landscaped courtyards, a children’s play area, a community room, laundry rooms on each floor, secure bicycle parking in a tool-equipped bike storage room and underground car parking.

Ankrom Moisan Architects designed The Abigail to achieve a rigorous Gold-level “LEED for Homes” certification through attention to site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. For example, air shafts lined with sheet metal reduce leakage, saving up to 20% of energy needed to heat and cool the hallways. Additional details about The Abigail’s extensive sustainability features may be found at

“We’re proud to bring healthy, much-needed affordable housing for families to the Pearl,” said BRIDGE Housing President and CEO Cynthia Parker, a Portland State University alumna who has roots in the region. “We’re also excited to be working with Impact NW, our educational and social services partner, to create programming that serves the residents’ needs.”

“Impact NW is proud to support BRIDGE Housing in creating access to affordable, sustainable housing in the Pearl; a venture that addresses a growing need in our community,” said Jeff Cogen, Executive Director of Impact NW. “BRIDGE Housing has done a wonderful job building the Abigail, and Impact NW is excited to provide the residents of the Abigail with supportive services geared towards creating a community where individuals and families from all walks of life have the opportunity to thrive.”

The Abigail is named for Abigail Scott Duniway, a Portland businesswoman and activist who was instrumental in gaining voting rights for women in the State of Oregon in 1912.

Financing for the $48 million project was provided by Portland Housing Bureau, Oregon Housing and Community Services, National Affordable Housing Trust, Wells Fargo Bank and Energy Trust of Oregon. The general contractor is Walsh Construction.

Among the expected speakers at the grand opening: Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman; Kurt Creager, Portland Housing Bureau; Jeff Cogen, Impact NW; John Epstein, Wells Fargo Bank; Paul Cummings, National Affordable Housing Trust; Jes Larson, Welcome Home Coalition; and Cynthia Parker and Nicole Peterson, BRIDGE Housing.

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