Avesta Housing will begin the process of developing 18 affordable apartments for seniors in Portland 's West End neighborhood, following a November 3, 2005 vote by the Portland Housing Authority (PHA) Commissioners to sell a parcel of land at the intersection of Orange and Salem Streets in Portland to Avesta. The Portland Housing Authority sought and received the approval of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to sell 0.70 acres of the Harbor Terrace property for the purpose of creating additional affordable housing. PHA then issued a Request for Proposals to Developers interested in the site. Avesta was one of two bidders.
The project was originally conceived as a 28-unit building, but Avesta reduced its proposal and changed the design concept to appear more like two two-family units in order to reflect community feedback. The conceptual site plan also includes open space and a public sitting area. Avesta will continue to work actively with the Salem-Orange Street Steering Committee and other stakeholders during the development process.