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.


Mercy Housing Northwest and Carleton Hart Architects held a virtual Community Meeting to present the proposed design of the affordable workforce housing at Marylhurst Commons on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. A recording of the meeting is available by clicking this link.

Mercy Housing Northwest and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, who own the former Marylhurst University campus (now known as Marylhurst Commons), are proposing to create 100 units of affordable housing in the southeast corner of the campus. Mercy Housing Northwest is a non-profit affordable housing developer with over 20 years of experience developing, operating, and providing services for affordable housing throughout the Northwest. Three buildings previously used as dormitories for the university, and which are no longer usable, will be removed to create the site for the new housing. The development will use the existing vehicle access and roadways on the site to access the new building and will re-use much of the existing parking, preserving open space on campus. Mercy Housing Northwest’s next step is to seek  a Development Review from the City of Lake Oswego.