CHA’s masterplan for the redevelopment of Iris Court, 108 units of the most physically distressed public housing in Portland resulted in a 16.9 million award from US HUD. In collaboration with the Housing Authority of Portland, CHA created a redevelopment strategy based on these guiding principles: to provide increased opportunities for successful residency; to promote a sense of “ownership” among residents, management, maintenance and service providers; to promote an increased sense of community and security; and to provide a sound capital investment for HAP and the community. The new masterplan focuses on the sustainability of the buildings and the entire site. The main arterial is reconstructed to serve as a “green street” collecting storm water and eliminating the need for City Services. Sustainable features include on-site stormwater management with infiltration/ flow-through planters, soakage trenches, vegetated street swales & pervious paving along with rainwater harvesting, storage & reuse. Porches are added to provide a secure, and private outdoor space for the each resident. Common gardens create child friendly and accessible landscape. A community building with a large children’s playground is centrally located to provide a strong focus for the community and a good vantage point for the staff office.
awards and certifications:
2005 Iris Court Redevelopment Master Plan HOPE $16.9 million federal HUD Grant