Portland moves forward on $51 million affordable housing deal

The Portland City Council on Wednesday approved spending up to $51 million on an apartment complex in Northeast Portland, a step to ease the city’s housing crisis, amid criticism officials are overpaying.

The Portland Housing Bureau proposed spending $47 million on The Ellington, a complex with 263 units on 11 acres near Northeast 66th Avenue and Halsey. Repairs could cost as much as $10 million, Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

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