Aurora Building

Eugene, OR
54 units at 50 and 60 percent of area median income
Studio, one, and two bedroom units
Completed January 2004

The Aurora Building is a 5 story, 54 unit mixed use building located in downtown Eugene, with 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. It was completed in January 2004 and was the first affordable housing development built in downtown Eugene in over 20 years. The overarching goal for the Aurora Building was sustainability. This goal was met by decreasing impact on good soils, using existing infrastructure, encouraging alternate modes of transportation, and being a model for energy efficiency.

Aurora is located one block from the downtown Lane Community College (LCC) campus, the mass transit center, the new library, and numerous entertainment, employment, and cultural centers. The project provides 54 units of housing and consists of 11 studio, 35 one-bedroom, and 8 two-bedroom apartments, 14 of which are set aside for LCC students. The rents are affordable to persons at or below 50 and 60 percent of area median income. An on-site Resident Service Coordinator works with tenants to form a resident council, designs enriching activities, and assists residents in accessing a variety of services that will enhance their quality of life.

Notable Features:

This project includes a geothermal heating and cooling system. The Aurora Building has received numerous awards: OHCS’s Excellence in Housing; AIA People’s Choice, and Downtown Eugene Inc’s “Excellence in Design.”