Marylhurst Commons FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Has a final decision been made on the use for the site, or are the Sisters open to comments and suggestions?
A: The Sisters will make a decision after the rezoning process concludes and any necessary further studies have been completed.

Q: What will be the maximum height of any new buildings?
A: The maximum would be 45 feet (four stories). That is the same as the height of the tallest building currently on the campus.

Q: How many housing units would be added?
A: The feasibility study is evaluating between 75 and 100 housing units.

Q: In what school district is the proposed housing?
A: The Lake Oswego School District.

 Q: Will changes in federal fair housing rules affect the viability of this project?
A: We do not anticipate that any recent changes in federal regulation will impact the viability of the project. If the project moves forward, the development team will evaluate all currently applicable federal housing regulations to ensure compliance.

Q: How does Mercy Housing typically fill the housing (e.g., first come, first serve)? Will there be priority for the Mary’s Woods workers?
A: Ensuring that working families have access to high-quality, affordable homes close to services and jobs is a key component of the mission of Mercy Housing Northwest. Due to Fair Housing regulations, we do not anticipate that there will be a requirement that residents work at specific nearby businesses. However, through Mercy Housing Northwest’s marketing plan and outreach, we do anticipate working closely with Mary’s Woods and other nearby employers so that the housing will be a resource for working families in the area.

Q: Will there be onsite management of the project property?
A: Mercy Housing Northwest projects generally have multiple staff working onsite at the property. They are involved in property management, facilities maintenance and resident services programming.

Q: Would early childhood education programs offered to residents of the Marylhurst Commons housing also be available to other families in the community?
A: Mercy Housing Northwest believes a family’s lack of financial resources should not determine their ability to access high-quality and safe affordable housing or a good education. Beyond housing, we provide onsite resident services that focus on five key program areas – housing stability, health and wellness, community engagement, education and financial well-being. Providing these critical programs right where residents live ensures that home is a platform for kids to thrive in school, for families to improve their financial stability, and for residents to have greater knowledge and access to improve their health and wellness. Mercy Housing Northwest typically offers a number of programs focused on educational success and out-of-school time for children living in our communities. Many of these programs are available to other families living in the neighborhood, and we would hope that would be the case for any housing in Marylhurst campus. When combined with the stability, security, and pride of having a place to call home, these services help Mercy Housing Northwest residents work toward self-sufficiency.

Q: How do you anticipate the pandemic might affect the timeline for your studies?
A: We do not anticipate that the pandemic would significantly impact the timeline for the feasibility study.

Q: What other spaces are currently being used on campus? Are there plans to continue these, or add new uses?
A: A few spaces on campus are currently occupied by nonprofits whose values align with the Sisters’. Some additional rentals to other similar nonprofit organizations are possible.