An affordable housing project in Astoria and a community volunteer were recognized with Oregon Main Street “Excellence on Main” awards this month.

The awards, tied to a downtown revitalization effort run through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, are intended to recognize people and projects that enhance and help renew the state’s historic downtowns and commercial neighborhoods. Besides Astoria, 13 other towns in Oregon received awards. 

The Merwyn Apartments, a historic former hotel that had sat vacant next door to Astoria’s City Hall for decades, received an award for outstanding downtown housing. The housing project and renovation work received local and state support and opened to residents this year. Of its 40 units, 36 are set aside for low-income residents. 

Patsy Oser, who moved to Astoria in 2013, received the “Volunteers on Main” award. Oser has worked with the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association as a volunteer on a promotion committee and later on the board of directors.

A former librarian, she has raised thousands of dollars during the downtown association’s membership campaigns and has often taken on volunteer positions at the organization’s events.