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From Rough Ground A Stately Myrtlewood

Date: Wednesday, October 10 2018



Event marks end of construction, new beginnings for 35 households

Set against matching gray clouds and among red trees, The Myrtlewood towered over a crowd of appreciative affordable-housing advocates and soon-to-be

Presenters of a ribbon of good wishes for The Myrtlewood and its tenants, front to back Leslie Seese, Tammy Henry, and Dale Seese, all of the Church of the Brethren.

tenants who gathered Oct. 9 to celebrate its completion. Developed by St. Vincent de Paul in partnership with the Church of the Brethren, the Myrtlewood is located near 10th and Main in Springfield and adds to that neighborhood 35 affordable units in an attractive, energy-efficient building.

Following opening speeches and the "ribbon" cutting, guests wandered throughout the building, taking in the laundry room on the ground floor and regular and specially adapted units on the upper three floors. As does all of St. Vincent de Paul’s new family housing, the Myrtlewood has an on-site manager, a resident services coordinator whose purpose is to build community, make referrals, and ensure tenant success; and case managers from Mainstream Housing to provide wrap-around services to tenants living with disabilities.

The Myrtlewood, as captured by local media:

“New 35-unit apartment complex opens admid Springfield’s affordable-housing shortage,” by Elon Gluckich, photos by Chris Pietsch, the Register-Guard, Oct. 10, 2018

“The Myrtlewood opens and with it comes more affordable-housing options,” by Alex Hasenstab and Staff

“St. Vincent de Paul opens new affordable-housing project in Springfield,” posted by Chelsea Hunt,

The Myrtlewood Partners:

Bergsund Delaney Architecture & Planning, PC
Meili Construction
Oregon Housing and Community Services
Enterprise Community Partners
Wells Fargo Bank NA
Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium
City of Springfield
Economic Development Agency
Donation from
Warren Miller




new multi-story building

Fall brings a new beginning for the 35 households relocating this week to The Myrtlewood Apartments near 10th and Main in Springfield. It's the second in the neighborhood for St. Vincent de Paul, which also developed the Royal Building five blocks west.