Ribbon cut on rehab at The Ridge Apartments

A crowd gathers at The Ridge Apartments in Lincoln City for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of a recent renovation project. (Courtesy photo)

An affordable housing makeover

The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon-cutting event at The Ridge Apartments in Lincoln City earlier this month, celebrating a completed envelope construction rehab.

The event was hosted by NW Coastal Housing (NWCH) on Oct. 5 in the newly remodeled Ridge community building/office, located in the center of the complex on Southeast Harbor Drive.

“This is a celebration of the completion of the envelope of the 80-unit affordable housing property impacting 22 years of Lincoln County families,” said Sheila Stiley, executive director at NWCH and Spyglass Ridge LP (SRLP).

The cutting of the ribbon also celebrated the finality of a project taking nearly two years and $2 million, and opening the door to the next project ahead.

The property experienced 22-year-old failed siding and windows, leaving residents paying out anywhere from $100 to more than $400 monthly in electric bills. The back decks suffered dry rot and were becoming a hazard. The problems made it clear that before future development could be focused on, the priority was care of the current structure.

Affordable housing projects obtain funding through various sources, combining multiple layers in order to develop. When that occurs, restrictions on the property can create complications for future funding, as with The Ridge. In this case, after attempting to apply for funds through the Oregon Housing Community Services three times without success in order to rehab the dilapidating property, other means were sought in the form of a HUD refinance, taking 15 months just to close. Prior to this occurring, NWCH/SRLP resorted to pulling funds out of its own reserves to replace the roofing and gutters in 2014-15.

The Ridge now has new roofing, gutters, plank siding, windows and back doors. In addition, The Ridge also received the following list of repairs: vapor barrier and ground floor insulation, new kitchen cabinet/counter replacements, subfloor and flooring repair/replacement, eight new continuous run fan systems on all eight buildings, a new concrete ADA ramp, all new exterior lighting, securing of all ground floor level dryer ducts, a new 60-foot rip-rap retainer wall, new footings and electrical boxes on one building, erosion control stem walls, all new front door lever handled exterior hardware, new bathroom lighting, new signage on buildings and both entrances, a new piece of playground equipment and new paint.

In order to continue to provide adequate services to the residents and the community, The Ridge community room also received new flooring, new commercial grade backdoors, and a new enlarged kitchen with cabinets, countertops, and appliances provided by grants including Lincoln County Economic Development Fund, City of Lincoln City, First Interstate Bank and the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians.

The Ridge Apartments is not simply an apartment complex. It is equipped with resident services — a half-time, on-site paid position providing resources for residents to overcome their current barriers and increase their standard of living. In addition, there are programs, educational seminars, and afterschool program for youth.

The Ridge also provides a space for nonprofits to reach the greater Lincoln City population with information and resources.

The Ridge Apartments also works with partner organizations to not only provide resources, but housing. This includes homeless families, victims of domestic violence, single parents, seniors, veterans, and low-income families and individuals. Thanks to partner organizations, such as Family Promise of Lincoln County, My Sister’s Place, Community Services Consortium, Food Share of Lincoln County, OSU Extension Office and many more, residents receive supportive surrounding services, and The Ridge has the pleasure of playing a role in stabilization of community.

For more information about NW Coastal Housing can be found online at www.nwcoastalhousing.org and on Facebook at Northwest Coastal Housing.

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