The
Beatrice
Morrow

  • Location:NE Portland
  • Owner:Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives
  • Architect:Carleton Hart Architects
  • Year Completed:2018
  • Sustainability/Certifications: LEED Gold
Affordable Housing Mixed Use Multifamily

The Beatrice Morrow is a five-story, 80-unit apartment building of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom homes located on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. As a former brownfield site, the development of the project included full remediation prior to construction and remains a meaningful reinvestment in the African American community. Each unit includes air conditioning, in-unit bike storage, full kitchens, in addition to 2500 SF of shared amenities; a central courtyard that provides outdoor space, a play area for children, 112 bike parking spaces, and a large community room for residents that also serves as an event space. The ground floor also includes commercial space for businesses owned by People of Color, adding substantial value and a renewed sense of community and vibrancy to the neighborhood. This project was inspired by the people of Portland’s historic neighborhoods and most notably, Ms. Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1889-1974), a renowned civil rights activist in Oregon; she was a civic leader, co-founding member of the Portland NAACP, editor, and later the owner of Oregon’s only African American newspaper, the Advocate.