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.


On June 4, Mercy Housing NW received approval for its funding request through the Oregon LIFT (Local Innovation and Fast Track) program, enabling the nonprofit organization to move forward with the proposed affordable workforce housing project at Marylhurst Commons. The funding decision by the Oregon Housing Stability Council clears the way for planning and evaluation of the site, with the goal of ensuring affordable rental housing for working people who have few other opportunities to live in Lake Oswego. 

During July 2021, work teams will visit the site to gather information about the soil, trees and existing buildings. Visitors to the Marylhurst Commons campus may see workers, equipment and signage intended to ensure that all people maintain a safe distance.

Later in the summer, Mercy Housing will continue to work with the Sisters of the Holy Names on building and site design. Additional opportunities for the community to engage with the design team will occur in the fall as part of the City of Lake Oswego’s project approval process.