Russellville Commons

Transit-oriented development | Project Profile
Russellville Commons, Portland, Oregon

Russellville Commons is a pioneering example of a transit village with the largest number of housing units in a transit-oriented development built by a single developer in the Portland region. It was also the first higher density housing in the Gateway Regional Center, with a total of 576 units developed in three phases over the course of eleven years. The first phase of the project consists of 283 units of market rate rental housing. The second phase is a five-story buiding with 154 senior independent living units. Phases I and II were completed in 2002.

The recently completed Phase III includes a five-story building with 139 units of senior housing, and more than 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail that includes medical offices, a fitness center, salon, coffee shop, deli and a restaurant. The entire development is organized along a central greenway that physically connects the environment with the East 102nd Avenue MAX light rail station, and the 15-Belmont/Northwest 23rd Avenue frequent service bus line. About a half mile north of the development is the Gateway Transit Center with connections to several more light rail and frequent service bus connections. The project also serves as a working laboratory for a variety of parking accomodations including underground, below grade, tuck under, podium, and double stacked “over/under” parking.


Location: 23 SE 103rd Ave., Portland
Status: Completed phase I and II 2002; Completed phase III 2009
Total development cost: $73 million
TOD program funding: $500,000
Mixed uses: 576 housing units, including 293 senior housing units and 283 market-rate units; 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail
Parking: 1.2 spaces per unit
Site: 10.1 acres
Density: 70 dwelling units per acre
Increased transit ridership: 78,894 annual trips


  • 576 housing units, including 283 seniors housing units
  • Located immediately on MAX Light Rail and frequent service bus stops
  • Pilot Saturday Adventures Rider Club transit program to introduce seniors to riding on transit
  • Over 20,000 square feet of ground floor commercial including medical office, restaurants, fitness centers, business centers, and clubhouse


Metro: TOD program funding
Portland Development Commission
State of Oregon Housing Department
Federal Transit Administration

Developer: Rembold Properties
Architects: MCM Architects
Contractors: Grady, Harper & Carlson
Construction financing: Centennial Bank and State Housing Bonds