Lents Town Center Development
Since the formation of the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area in 1998, PDC has invested $90 million in infrastructure, facilities, transportation, affordable housing, and business development, but actual transformation of the area lagged. With more tangible results as the goal, PDC and the city, with community support and input, rolled out the Lents Five-Year Action Plan in early 2014, calling for focused investments that would have the greatest benefit and impact on existing residents and businesses.
In October 2014, PDC issued a request for interest from development partners who could help us advance that goal through the purchase and development of multiple sites located along SE 92nd Avenue and SE Foster Road, in and around the Lents Town Center. At the same time PDC committed to a strategic plan that focuses on creating healthy, complete neighborhoods with vibrant communities and corridors. Our goal is to support growth of mixed use, mixed income communities that contribute to improved business and resident satisfaction with the community.
In January 2015, PDC selected four proposals of nine submitted, and on October 27, 2015 more than 150 participants explored the preliminary designs. All four projects are working through design and development.
- The Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC) is building a new headquarters at SE Foster at SE 91st Avenue. The development is an approximately 30,000 square foot build-to-suit commercial building that will house the AHSC office, community and clinic services, and event space. The project includes a rooftop garden and on-site parking. Holst Architecture is the project architect.
- The 9101 SE Foster Project is a mixed-use project with 54 units of housing and approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Sixteen of the 54 apartments will be reserved as affordable and will include a ground floor public courtyard and on-site parking. Hacker Architecture is the project architect.
- Oliver Station (Palindrome Communities, Inc.) will include two buildings on two sites on either side of SE 92nd Avenue between SE Foster and SE Woodstock Boulevard. Combined, the two buildings will add approximately 126 affordable apartment units and 19 market rate apartment units to Lents Town Center and approximately 29,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space with parking included. One of the buildings is located on the current site of the New Copper Penny restaurant and bar; the second building is located on the current site of the Chevron Gas Station and a PDC-owned property. Ankrom Moisan is the project architect.
- Woody Guthrie Place (ROSE Community Development) design a mixed-income apartment building on SE 91st Avenue at SE Reedway Street. The building will add 68 units to the town center—17 affordable units and 51 workforce housing units—with on-site parking. Carlton Hart is the project Architect.
Lents Town Center Development Projects
Expected timelines as of April 2016*
| ||Initial PDC Board Approval ||Design Review Initiated ||Construction Start ||Construction Complete / Opening |
|Oliver Station ||June 2015 ||May 2016 ||Expected December 2016 ||Expected |
|9101 SE Foster ||June 2015 ||November 2015 ||Expected October 2016 ||Expected |
|Asian Health & Service Center ||June 2015 ||February 2016 ||Expected December 2016 ||Expected |
|Woody Guthrie Place ||November 2015 ||Expected |
|*Timelines subject to change |
Public Open House & Online Participation
An Open House was held October 27, 2015 at Lents Activity Center. The following designs were presented:
In November/December 2015, we asked for your comments on the amenities and public space improvements that will accompany these projects via our online PDC Town Hall
503-823-3949 or email