Hermiston Celebrates Groundbreaking of Moorehouse Apartments

Representatives from the city of Hermiston, Chrisman Development, and other state and local agencies participate in a groundbreaking at the Moorehouse Apartments in Hermiston. (Photo courtesy of city of Hermiston)

Hermiston city leaders joined representatives from Chrisman Development, Inc., Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), and other local and state partners to break ground Thursday, June 2 on the Moorehouse Apartments on N.W. 11th St. and Madrona Ave.

The 60-unit income-restricted apartments will be available for renters making up to 60% of the average median household income for the region. The project will receive $4.15 million from OHCS as approved by the Oregon Legislature.

Hermiston has approved 111 new housing units for the year through June 1, 2022. A total of 375 residential permits have been approved since the beginning of 2020, including 108 income restricted apartment units.

“We’ve made housing a top city priority for many years now, and it’s so encouraging to see developments coming into town for all income levels,” said Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann. “Working with private and public partners to find the right location and right funding will ensure we can keep working to meet Hermiston’s housing needs.”

The Moorehouse Apartments will consist of four apartment buildings and a shared community building. The site will be accessible directly from N.W. 11th Street. Chrisman Development is based in Enterprise, Oregon and has completed many projects around the state, including the rehabilitated Sagebrush Apartments in Hermiston.

Additional housing developments are on the horizon in Hermiston at all price points and sale or rental arrangements, including the 200-home Santiago Estates Manufactured Home community, 300-unit Diamond Run duplex development, and 1,300 home Prairie Meadows Planned Unit Development.