The Williams & Russell Project (Adre)

The Williams & Russell Project aims to empower and honor Portland’s Black community by providing affordable housing, homeownership opportunities, and business support in a 1.7-acre block. This now vacant block at North Russell Street and North Williams Avenue which is currently owned by Legacy Health, was once the thriving Albina community that housed the majority of African Americans in Oregon before being acquired through eminent domain for urban renewal in the early 1970s. Through a community-driven process led by Black leaders, the land is returning to the community. The project will incorporate affordable rental apartments and home ownership, culturally-specific amenities and preferences, while also fostering economic development through a Black Business Hub offering support services, especially to those whose families were impacted by the displacement. Through these the program aims to further support creating wealth and promoting a healthier economy.

Project Team:

Project Lead: Williams & Russell CDC
Development Partner: Adre
Development Partner: Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI)
Partner: Portland Housing Center (PHC)
Consultant: Housing Development Center (HDC)
Architect: LEVER Architecture
Landscape Architect: Hood Design Studio
General Contractor: Colas Construction

Images courtesy of Williams & Russell CDC and LEVER Architecture