Ankrom Moisan, partnered with Related NW and Central City Concern (CCC), designed Cedar Commons as part of the Division Street Campus, which includes Crescent Court and the upcoming Meridian Gardens. CCC serves a vulnerable population, and this 3-story mixed-use building, with 40 permanent supportive housing (PSH) single-room occupancy (SRO) units, and 20 affordable units, provides a much-needed home with integrated clinical and supportive services, for those in the community who truly need one.
Driven to fulfill the residents’ needs of safety, security, and flexibility, Cedar Commons has been designed to encourage communal gathering and socialization, with community kitchens and lounges on Levels 1 and 2. These community spaces allow residents to congregate, cook meals, and hang out. Smaller, more intimate settings are available for those wanting a place to relax away from the larger public spaces. Each floor employs accent colors, providing some individuality to the levels, aiding in wayfinding for easier direction. While much of the building is residential, a wing of Level 1 has been earmarked for social services, allowing for easy access to CCC’s healing services, and for some separation between home and treatment.
Cedar Commons is located one mile from the Blackburn Center, another service resource for residents, easily accessed via a nearby public transit route. Adjacent to the building is a large green space, potential for future expansion, and includes raised garden beds that residents use for growing their own food, and for garden therapy.
A place of healing and home, Cedar Commons is a haven for growth, hope and wellbeing.