Service center and affordable housing opens
The Macdonald Center hosted a grand opening celebration on Thursday to commemorate the completion and opening of the seven-story Macdonald West, an complex to provide an expanded service hub for the center’s outreach and support services for low-income individuals and 42 units of affordable housing for the working poor in the Old Town community.
The support of the community, the city, the county, and the state during a very difficult economic climate, combined with Macdonald Center’s loyal donors over the past 20 years, provided the resources and energy to make this project a reality.
LRS Architects and Howard S. Wright have lead the design and construction teams for what will become safe and secure housing for the working poor. The studio apartments will provide affordable housing for low-wage workers earning up to 60 percent of area median income.
The capital campaign to raise the remaining funds for the project – Building a More Connected Community – has also achieved a major milestone with nearly $12 million raised for the construction costs and a program investment fund. Major contributors to date include Meyer Memorial Trust, HEDCO Foundation, Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust, The Collins Foundation and a bequest from Maybelle Clark Macdonald.
The Grand Opening Ceremony, Macdonald West: Where Dreams Come True, celebrated the history of the building site, including the 106 year old West Hotel and music venue legend, the Satyricon, as well as the positive momentum and bright future of the Center and Old Town Chinatown Community.
The Macdonald Center is a non-profit leader in providing outreach, housing and supportive services to vulnerable adults and seniors.