March 26, 2012
Today, we joined our partner REACH CDC to announce that South Waterfront’s first affordable housing development (Block 49) will be named “Gray’s Landing,” in honor of local philanthropist and developer John Gray.
The new building, scheduled to open later this year, will bring 209 affordable apartments to the South Waterfront district.
Mr. Gray is best known for his philanthropy, supporting education and affordable housing. He developed Sunriver, Skamania Lodge, and Portland’s own Johns Landing.
What many people don’t know is that he is also a decorated veteran.
Mr. Gray served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received a Bronze Star for his service.
It is fitting that this new building, which includes 42 homes for homeless veterans, will honor Mr. Gray.
Providing affordable rental homes for low-income Portlanders is the Portland Housing Bureau’s top priority. The City invested over $25 million to bring Gray’s Landing to life.
This development reflects our values. We’ve set ambitious targets for equity, living-wage jobs, and sustainability. REACH will partner with the Veterans Administration to provide support services to residents. Home Forward will contribute rent assistance for formerly homeless veterans.
Congratulations to John Gray, REACH, and our many project partners.
Tom Hallman Jr. in The Oregonian
South Waterfront project named for John Gray
Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal