Sellwood Lofts Nominated for Governor’s Livability Award

JULY 11, 2002 – Multnomah County Chairwomen, Diane Linn and City Commissioner,Charlie Hales, issued a joint statement nominating Sellwood Lofts for the Governor’s Livability Award.  “With a limited amount of assistance from government agencies, its developer produced a dramatic transformation: converting a contaminated eyesore into an active, mixed-use commercial/residential building that now proudly houses the neighborhood’s branch library, real estate offices, and more than a dozen dwelling units,” they said.

“Before the Sellwood Lofts project, the boarded-up, abandoned Rose City Plating facility was depressing commerce, social activity, and property values within an extended area.  Today, it is a landmark building that anchors, defines, and activates the business district.  It makes a dramatic positive contribution to residents’ quality of life at both the neighborhood and community scale.  It also demonstrates, in real terms, how wise application of limited public resources can leverage a much higher amount of private redevelopment activity: the abandoned site has now been returned to the property tax roll with a ratable value far exceeding its public cleanup costs.”

Sellwood Lofts was completed in 2001.

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