The Merrick

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Learn about this six-story, mixed-use, transit-oriented development with 185 rental apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space in Portland.

The Merrick 1239 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Ore.
located in the central city

The Merrick is a six-story, mixed-use, transit-oriented development that encompasses an entire city block. The Merrick is located in the Lloyd Center/Rose Quarter area of Portland. There are 185 rental apartments in the building, along with 15,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 206 underground parking spaces.

One primary purpose of the transit-oriented development program is to create higher density, mixed-use developments near transit stations that will increase transit ridership. The Merrick is within a short walk from many regional destinations; with direct access to all three MAX light rail lines and five frequent service bus lines.

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Project highlights

  • Use of light gauge steel for the structure resulted in very low “hard” construction costs
  • A PSU study of residents' travel behavior found nearly half (47 percent) of trips were made by transit, walking or biking

Tools used

Metro Transit-Oriented Development Program, transit-oriented development easement

    For more information on the Metro transit-oriented development easement and other tools, see the Community Investment Toolkit.

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