Community members, Habitat staff, and locally elected officials gathered Dec. 15 to celebrate the site kickoff of Habitat’s future 23-home community in the Lake Grove neighborhood of Lake Oswego.
The construction of this community is a significant development in affordable housing for Lake Oswego. The 1.9-acre project is a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Portland Region, the city of Lake Oswego and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The homes will be sold to households that make 35% to 80% of the region’s median family income. Additionally, around 84% of Habitat’s homebuyers are households of color.
“Children will grow up here, families will live here who would never otherwise be able to afford a home in Lake Oswego,” said Lake Oswego Mayor Joe Buck. “The diversity of the population required to have a healthy, robust and vibrant community demands that more of us come together and continue to say, ‘Yes, this is just the beginning for Lake Oswego.’”
The median price of a home in Lake Oswego is around $900,000.
Other local leaders in attendance included Clackamas County Commissioners Paul Savas and Martha Schrader, Metro Councilors Christine Lewis and Lynn Peterson, Oregon Senate President Rob Wagner and Congresswoman Andrea Salinas.
The OCHS Director of Homeownership Keeble Giscombe, Habitat board member Kabir Bhatia, and Habitat CEO and President Steve Messinetti also spoke about the importance of affordable homeownership in Lake Oswego.
The 23 homes will either have 3 or 4 bedrooms, and all are visitable in terms of accessibility. Many of the homes have a room and a bathroom on the first floor so someone unable to climb stairs would be able to live or visit.
With the construction of the community, Habitat will be creating a new road, Radiance Lane, and adding a turn lane and signal on Boones Ferry Road. More than 100 native trees and over a thousand native shrubs will be planted by Habitat as part of the development process.
The West Lake Grove community is still in the very beginning stages of construction, along with Habitat’s other new communities in Southwest Portland and in King City. Land work is underway for 17 new homes at our Taylor’s Ferry community to be called 25th Terrace. In King City, Habitat is laying the groundwork for 16 new homes.
The West Lake Grove is expected to be completed by summer 2026.
Look for more construction updates in our February newsletter!