Beaverton and Rembold Properties working on development proposal for downtown property

Beaverton has begun negotiations with Portland-based Rembold Properties on plans to develop a city-owned lot in downtown Beaverton.

The city heard proposals from four developers: Rembold, Beaverton-based Ava Roasteria Co., Michigan-based MHT Housing, which also operates out of Vernon, Wash., and Portland-based Community Partners for Affordable Housing in partnership with RKm Development.

The city and Rembold are now in a 120-day negotiation period, according to city spokesman Jordan Imlah. If the two parties reach an agreement, a proposal for the property will be brought to the City Council.

"We're just working on plans now," said Kali Bader, vice president for Rembold. She declined to give further details but said the company is "probably considering" including housing in its plans.

This would be Beaverton's fifth attempt to develop the lot surrounded by Southwest Farmington Road, Southwest Angel Avenue, Southwest First Street and Southwest Main Avenue.

A 2004 plan to house the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's Beaverton clinic on the first floor with affordable senior housing above it fell through. A second plan for a three-story building with 62 apartments failed when Tualatin Valley Housing Partners closed in 2009.

The city developed a third plan in partnership with Providence Health & Services for a four-story mixed-use building with affordable senior housing, but the project failed to win a key federal grant.

Turtle Island Development leased the property from the city in November with plans for a $28.2-million building with 153 affordable units. But that, too, fell through after Turtle Island's Ed McNamara closed the company to join Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' staff.

Beaverton's civic plan calls for affordable housing to revitalize the city's downtown.

Another nearby housing development on a city-owned property at First and Lombard streets is on track to begin construction in 2014. Community Partners for Affordable Housing and RKm Development are working on the project.

-- Nicole Friedman

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