A 1.36-acre, eco-friendly senior living community will begin taking shape next spring on the current site of a surface parking lot in downtown Portland. Architecture and planning firm KTGY Group has designed the 132-unit, mixed use facility that will be submitted for LEED Gold certification. The Foursquare Foundation expects construction on the project to be completed near the end of 2013.
The Foursquare Senior Living Community features one and two bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 600 to 900 square-feet. The community will be open to occupants 62 years of age and older, and will house a recreation center, fitness room, computer room, rooftop garden terrace and espresso cafe.
The $29 million building’s energy efficient features include “cool roof” technology, Energy Star rated lighting, windows and appliances, water-saving fixtures and toilets and a community recycling program. The exterior lighting will be reduced to account for less light pollution and energy demand, and the use of low-emittting paints and finishes will also be used to help reduce the number of air contaminants.
This isn’t the first eco-friendly community the Foursquare Foundation has developed. In March the company started construction on a similar senior living community in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. The pedestrian and transit-oriented project replaced older housing units with 75 affordable senior apartments.