Information About Marylhurst Commons

Since the closure of Marylhurst University in the fall of 2018, ownership of the land has returned to its founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names. This page provides information that will be updated throughout the process of determining the future of the property.


The Lake Oswego City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 1, 2020 to approve the Sisters of the Holy Names request to change the zoning for Marylhurst Commons to allow affordable multi-family housing. A link to a recording of the meeting is in the list of links below. The Sisters are continuing to study issues and needs related to a possible future project on the campus that would serve people who work in the Lake Oswego area, but cannot afford to live there.  

Visioning and Outreach Timeline (updated June 2020)

Fall 2018

Marlhurst University property reverts to ownership by the Sisters of the Holy Names.










Focus group meetings with Sisters, Affiliates, Mary’s Woods residents and administrators, neighbors, former students and staff.

September 2019

Consultations with nonprofit groups and foundations about the greatest unmet needs that the property could address.











March 2020

Sisters approach the City of Lake Oswego with a rezoning request to permit use of a portion of the property for affordable workforce housing.

Summer 2020

Feasibility study by Mercy Housing Northwest and public input process.