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Sacred Heart Parish (Portland Or.), Land use -- Planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Older people -- Housing -- Oregon


The Sacred Heart Parish has contracted with the Portland State University School of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Workshop to evaluate potential for development of a market-rate senior housing project on the parish's property. The purpose of this analysis is to provide supporting documentat~on to Sacred Heart's development application submitted to the Archdiocese Housing Office in February 2001.

The identified work products completed for the parish include: • A summation and documentation of the church's visioning process; • A comprehensive market study evaluating local demand and supply; and • A feasibility study including a financial pro forma.

The document's primary conclusions derive from the market study, which demonstrates that demand for market-rate senior housing is minimal. Based on frailty and poverty rates, seniors demand housing which offers services and/or affordability. The supply analysis supported these conclusions. A market inventory revealed the predominant senior housing models available are continuum of care or affordable housing. In addition, a faith based market niche exists, as demonstrated by the success of recent Archdiocese developments.

Finally, in addition to examining the development options proposed by the Sacred Heart Pastoral Council, alternative uses were explored beyond housing as potential elements within a mixed-use senior development. The alternatives explored are Adult Day Care, retail, and office uses. This analysis indicates a need for senior daycare, but no strong market support for office or retail use on the site at this time.

This information is intended to support the Pastoral Council's further refinement of its development program, and keep the conversation broad during this exploratory stage.


Client: Sacred Heart Parish


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Contract Proposal