The Watershed, CPAH’s Southwest Portland project is a great combination of mixed use housing, green building and neighborhood involvement.
The project, completed in February 2008, is a transit-oriented, mixed-use development in the heart of the Hillsdale Town Center. The building includes affordable rental housing for seniors (51 units), with 40 units available to those with incomes at or below 30% of area median income, and eight units set aside for formerly homeless Veterans. CPAH’s administrative offices are located in The Watershed building, along with community event space.
The Watershed also includes an iconic vertical glass and steel tower bearing a HILLSDALE sign that identifies the entrance to the town center. The project is helping to knit together development in the Hillsdale Business Center with an unconnected but expanding commercial node on the west side of Bertha Boulevard.
The Hillsdale neighborhood was involved in and supportive of the Watershed project from its early stages in 2001. Neighborhood and business leaders participated in naming the building, and they have raised funds for lighting the sign and the tower and installing a public water fountain. Additionally, several community groups frequently hold meetings in The Watershed’s 2,000-square-foot community center.
The Hillsdale neighborhood has been involved in and supportive of the Watershed project from its early stages in 2001. Neighborhood and business leaders participated in naming the building, and they have raised funds for lighting the sign and the tower and installing a public water fountain.
The Watershed incorporated several green-building techniques and building materials, including a high-efficiency central hot water boiler, durable building envelope materials, very high energy conserving windows, and an innovative heat-recovering ventilation system. Storm water is detained onsite and is naturally pre-treated to help maintain water quality in the Stephens Creek and Fanno Creek watersheds.
The project has achieved a LEED silver rating. CPAH received grants from the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development and the Enterprise Foundation Green Communities Initiative to offset the cost for the green building features, and from Metro for the transit-oriented development.