Landbank Authority approves sale of vacant lots for affordable housing

2509 Grand Avenue | Photo by Google Street View

At July’s meeting, the Landbank Authority approved the sale of 10 parcels of vacant property in the Portland, California, Russell, Shawnee and Park DuValle neighborhoods. The Landbank Authority deals with unoccupied, neglected, tax-delinquent properties throughout the city. Much of the property sold this month will be used to build affordable housing.

These properties include 113 S. 22nd Street, a 4,590-square-foot vacant lot, purchased by the Gill Holland-led Urban Acupuncture. According to a news release, this property will be consolidated with the organization’s adjoining properties on West Main Street.

New Directions Housing Corporation purchased a property at 2509 Grand Avenue to renovate and to sell to a qualified homebuyer. The property includes a 1,144-square-foot home built in 1920. NDHC develops and maintains affordable housing and vital communities in partnership with neighborhoods and other stakeholders.

Also, Habitat for Humanity purchased a vacant lot at 1621 Bank Street as a site to build a new home for a qualified home buyer with the program.

Mirage Properties, which builds Section-8 housing, was approved to purchase the properties at 411 S. 27th Street, 319 S. 43rd Street, 3923 Elliott Avenue, and 2900 Wyandotte Avenue to renovate and to rent to qualified tenants. The homes range from 750 to 1,099 square feet.

Additional purchases included:

  • Bruce Cohen was approved to purchase the property at 3200 Rudd Avenue to renovate and to rent to qualified tenants. The property includes a 3,120-square-foot home built in 1900.
  • Sherita Smith was approved to purchase the 4,387 square foot vacant lot at 2117 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. for use as a side yard.
  • Peter Griffin was approved to purchase the 1,910 square foot vacant lot at 312 N. 21st Street for use as a side yard.

The Landbank Authority meets monthly.