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Bookmark Apartments

The Bookmark Apartments, in the Hollywood District of Portland OR, combines in one building a public library, cafe and 47 apartments, 19 of which are affordable to low-income households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income. The complex, which went on the market in 2002, was approved following zoning changes adopted by Multnomah County that allow greater density through increases in building size and height restrictions. Recognizing the opportunity to address the needs for more affordable housing and a larger library, local officials and planning staff supported the project and helped resolve permitting issues and refine zoning ordinances to support the development. Compromises helped allay neighbors' concerns about the size of the building, including a reduction in its height and increased setbacks of the housing units on the upper floors.