REDMOND, OR -- The region’s newest affordable housing development celebrates its grand opening, in Redmond Thursday morning. Residents will begin moving into Cook Crossing on Veterans Way, near the Redmond Lowe's home improvement store, on Monday.
Housing Works Executive Director Tom Kemper says the building is already fully leased. "We’re adding 48 units to the affordable housing supply and that’s huge. I mean, I know 48 units doesn’t seem like a lot, but it all incrementally adds up. The one-bedroom rents are less than $460 a month, which is like half of market rent. And, they’re extraordinary units; I mean, the views from this building are incredible."
Mosaic Medical will move into its new 10,000-square foot clinic
on the ground floor of Cook Crossing in mid-September. Kemper says it's the second time Housing Works has partnered with the non-profit healthcare provider, which primarily serves low-income patients. The first, was at Bend’s Ariel Glen Apartments, and Kemper would like to see the trend continue. "It’s been a success for Mosaic and it’s a tremendous asset for the residents in that community and that neighborhood. Hopefully that is a direction – You know, more and more, people understand that housing is a key part of health, and if you can link medical treatment with housing you increase your odds of having a healthier population."
Cook Crossing is a senior living complex, for residents 55 and older. Kemper is working with the Redmond School District to create a partnership with a nearby middle and elementary school. "Obsidian and Lynch are right across the street, so we’re working with those schools to create programs where seniors can help kids at those schools; and those kids can help seniors, too – you know, with computer skills and that kind of thing."
The building was also designed to be energy efficient and Kemper says it sould provide a comfortable and durable home for residents for many years. City, state and county officials will join Housing Works to celebrate Cook Crossing's grand opening at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the facility.