Portland-based intergenerational housing community Bridge Meadows broke ground at its new Redmond location Thursday. The development responds to Central Oregon’s critical need for safe, affordable housing and permanency-focused alternatives to foster care, according to a press release.

The Bridge Meadows Redmond site, opening in late 2021 and costing $18.2 million, will be located within Maple Meadows at 2689 NW Hemlock Ave., a single-home family development built by Hayden Homes.

Bridge Meadows’ mission is to provide permanent homes for youth formerly in foster care, support adoptive parents with resources, and give elders purpose in their daily lives.

The Redmond location will feature an inter-generational community building open to the broader neighborhood and 36 total residential units, including 10 family townhomes and 26 elder apartments.

Bridge Meadows Redmond will feature a community room available for use by the Maple Meadows neighborhood. A courtyard with multiple connection points to the neighborhood will provide access to parks, trails, open spaces and other neighborhood amenities.

A separate proposed eight-plex will complement the community with market-rate apartments.

In celebration of this significant expansion beyond the Portland-metro area, Bridge Meadows’ Executive Director Derenda Schubert and board chair Mike Schrader spoke at the event. Other speakers included Redmond Mayor George Endicott, Walsh Construction VP and General Manager Ryan Wilde and Hayden Homes VP of Community Engagement Deborah Flagan.

Hayden Homes, based in Redmond, built the Maple Meadows single-family development into which Bridge Meadows will be incorporated. In support of the project, Bridge Meadows has secured resources from Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Collins Foundation and the Quest Foundation, as well as the local Tennant Family Foundation, resulting in nearly $1 million raised to-date.

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