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"Bienvenidos al vecindario!" That was how a group of preschool students from the Pearl District's Early Education Academy welcomed California-based Bridge Housing Corporation -- and its new project, the Abigail -- to the neighborhood during last week's groundbreaking ceremony.
When the Abigail opens its doors in the Spring of 2016, it will offer 155 new apartments, from studios to three-bedrooms, 127 of which are guaranteed to be affordable. The range of unit sizes and income levels will connect more families to the amenities of the River District: a location with great access to employment opportunities, parks, and public transit.
In his address, Mayor Charlie Hales said the project was in "the right place at the right time with the right partnerships" while Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said that for the families who would call the Abigail home, it represented "more than a roof over their head. It makes it possible for them to focus on their work and take care of their families."