Mustard Seed Tower


The Mustard Seed - Before


The scene outside the current Mustard Seed location.

Mustard Seed Affordable Housing Tower: Based on a Portland Example 
The Mustard Seed’s affordable housing project in the Beltline, a 12 storey mixed used affordable housing building will incorporate:

  • Street level retail services including a cafe
  • 224 units of affordable housing
  •  28 one bedroom suites
  •  24 hour security
  • On-site floor monitors providing management and guidance as needed

The Mustard Seed wants the building to be designated an alcohol- and drug-free community (ADFC) based on the successful model of a similar project in Portland, Oregon. In an effort, to engage the community, the Mustard Seed invited a member of Beltline Communities to visit the 8NW8 affordable housing project in December 2008.

The 8NW8 project, which opened in 2004, is a 12-storey, 180-unit transitional affordable housing development located in the historic Pearl District of Portland.

Of the 180 units, 120 are single room occupancy (SRO) and the remaining 60 units are affordable studio apartments. The main difference between the two types of units is SRO’s share shower and kitchen facilities with other units on each floor, and studio units do not. The building, includes a medical clinic and community services.

In January 2007, 8NW8 won the prestigious Don Terner Prize, recognizing the project as an innovative and successful affordable housing development.

“The Terner Prize showcases the leadership required to overcome the many obstacles to building affordable housing,” said Doug Abbey, Prize Chair and Founder of IHP Capital Partners. “'Quality, quantity and affordability,' was Don’s mantra and the prize is designed to recognize innovation in design, construction, financing, impact on residents’ lives and building thriving communities.”

Since its opening, 8NW8 has helped almost 700 homeless persons get off the street. In doing so, the residents have also revitalized the adjacent park from a high-crime area to a kid-friendly play space.