We had a blast in Portland last week at the rededication of Plaza Townhomes, our first rehabilitation project in the Pacific Northwest – but definitely not our last.
The event was held at the community on Michigan Avenue in North Portland and it included delicious food, local wines from the region and music by Portland’s own Ian James. Of course, no party would be complete in a foodie city like Portland without a food truck, so we brought in the famed Grilled Cheese Grill with its signature “school bus,” which in true CPP fashion was rehabbed into a dining room. The kids loved it, and the giant pumpkin full of Halloween candy didn’t hurt either!
The best part of the celebration was the opportunity to meet and get to know the residents. Plaza Townhomes is a tight-knit community in every sense of the word. As neighbors, they take care of each other and have a strong bond to their homes.
So many nice things were said about the rehabilitation of the property, from the vibrant colors and cleanliness to the new doors and windows. The community also has new shared amenities including a computer lab, lounge and conference room. Within the common areas were meticulously decorated features inspired by the eccentric and lovably “weird” style of Portland.
These improvements were made possible by our development partners, LMC Construction and Carleton Hart Architecture. These teams did a fabulous job, and we were proud to honor them at the rededication.
Prior to the reception, an award ceremony was held onsite to recognize other valuable partners, including Michael Buonocore, who is executive director of Home Forward, the local housing authority that previously owned Plaza Townhomes. Mike Hemens, managing director of Citi Community Capital, was the lead investor for the project, and he was honored as well. Both men spoke passionately about their dedication toward building and preserving communities.
Additionally, local dignitaries welcomed us to the Rose City, including State Sen. Lew Frederick and City Councilwoman Chloe Eudaly. Both of these officials serve honorably as advocates for affordable housing in Portland, and we at CPP are thrilled to be in business with them. Certainly, this rededication was a night to remember.