64-Unit, 4-story Waterside Apartment Project Moves Forward, Wetland Area Confirmed. Meeting: Mon Nov 16, 2015 7PM

11/16/2015 - 7:00pm
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64-Unit, 4-story Waterside Apartment Project Moves Forward, Wetland Area Confirmed. Early neighborhood Meeting, Mon Nov 16, 2015 7PM Albertina Kerr Bldg H, 722 NE 162nd Av. Info here!
Artist rendering, Chet Antonsen design
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Early Neighborhood Meeting

When: Mon Nov 16, 2015 7-9PM
Where: Albertina Kerr Campus
722 NE 162nd Ave - Bldg H
Gresham OR
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Neighbors Object
At the Summer 2015 Wilkes East Neighborhood Association meeting, August 24th, Craig Smith with SGS Development LLC (a Bend-based company owned by developer Chet Antonsen that has built several projects in East Multnomah County), presented plans for construction of new 64-unit 4-story 2-building apartment homes at 165th & NE Halsey St.

During the presentation several neighbors raised concerns about the project. Among the main concerns was the number of parking spaces, ingress/egress to the property, building height, 55-and-older vs family tenants, play area size, impact on schools, and a possible wetland.

Addressing Concerns
Over the next several weeks SGS Development explored ways to address the neighbor’s concerns including reducing the building height to 2 or 3-story buildings and spreading out the buildings across the entire site. Based on comments raised at the August meeting a wetlands specialist was retained to study the proposed site. His findings supported the existence of a wetland area on the north portion of the property. A 15' buffer will now separate the wetlands from the project leaving this habitat area undisturbed.

(New design and next meeting info below page break)

New Design
Due to the confirmed wetland area, SGS Development says they are forced to go back to a similar design with two 4-story buildings “because they have less buildable area to work with than originally proposed”. The new design calls for moving the buildings closer to NE Halsey St and will include 16 1-bedroom units, 32 2-bedroom units, and 16 3-bedroom units. In addition, there will be 121 parking spaces, 29 garages, a 2,400 sq. ft. play area, and additional storage near the northern garages. SGS Development also says this project will not be marketed exclusively to seniors. View new site plan.

Next Presentation
Join us November 16th at 7PM at the Fall Wilkes East Neighborhood meeting when Mr. Smith will present the new Waterside project designs and answer your questions. The meeting will be held at Albertina Kerr, Building "H" (behind the chapel), Early Neighborhood Notification process. Neighbors wishing to comment should attend this meeting or submit written comments to City of Gresham before the meeting. Pre-App 1526000239.