West Gresham

Groundbreaking Ceremony, Human Solutions Rockwood Mutli Service Center: Aug 24, 2010 1PM

08/24/2010 - 1:00pm
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Groundbreaking Ceremony, Human Solutions Rockwood Mutli Service Center: Aug 24, 2010 1PM.  Info here!
Human Solutions Rockwood Bldg
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Join Human Solutions as we break gound on the new Rockwood Building and celebrate the hard work and dedication of all our project partners

You're Invited!

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:00PM
Where: Human Solutions
Rockwood Mutli Service Center
124 NE 181st & Couch
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From vision to reality

After more than six years of fundraising and project design, The Rockwood Building will be the realization of a concept envisioned by Human Solutions that will bring much-needed housing and a suite of human services -together in a single building- to serve low-income families in the Rockwood area. The Rockwood Building will be constructed on a lot that has been empty for thirty years in the heart of one of the poorest areas in Multnomah County. It will bring infrastructure development and much needed social services to families in East Multnomah County, many of whom have been displaced by gentrification that has taken place in many Portland neighborhoods.

Guest Speakers

The program presentation will include a Welcome from Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, with comments by Victor Merced, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Jan Laskey of Bank of America, Margaret Van Vliet, Director of Portland Housing Bureau, and Jean DeMaster, Executive Director of Human Solutions, as well as Carla Piluso, Human Solutions’ Board President and former Chief of Police for Gresham.

Redux: Sleepless nights. Nighttime construction extended through next week for Rockwood MAX Project: Aug 22-27, 2010 10PM-7AM

Nighttime construction next week for Rockwood MAX Project: 10PM-7AM, Aug 15-19, 2010.  Info Here!
Burnside construction, Rockwood
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Rockwood in Motion:
188th MAX Station nighttime construction continues

Expect excavation, drilling and other construction noise overnight

When: Sun Aug 22 thru Fri Aug 27, 10PM-7AM
Where: E Burnside (Between 185th - SE Stark)
Gresham, OR
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Plug your ears (It's not over yet)!

Nighttime construction work will continue up to five additional nights next week at the Rockwood 188th MAX station from 10PM to 7AM starting Sunday, August 22 through the morning of Friday, August 27. This is an extension of the original notice (Aug 15-19) as TriMet has encountered challenging subsurface condition during construction.

This work must be completed at night while the MAX trains are not in service in order to avoid machinery contacting the high voltage overhead wires. This work will involve excavation, drilling and other construction equipment. TriMet will make every effort to reduce the impact of this unavoidable noise on the surrounding neighborhood. Noise levels will vary depending on how close one is to the construction area, but are expected to peak between 66 and 76 decibels at 150 feet from the work site, or about as loud as a truck passing on Burnside. Free ear plugs are available during business hours at the Rockwood Community Office, located at 18709 SE Stark Street (directly adjacent to the construction site).

Sandstone resident graffiti's own home over dispute with neighbor


Un-neighborly neighbor

Painted 'artwork' on house riles neighbors

Gresham OR, July 23, 2010

There is admittedly bad blood between two neighbors in West Gresham's upscale Sandstone neighborhood but now their animosity is impacting an entire neighborhood.

The graffiti on the home of retired dentist Jeffrey Brady has caused his neighbor who's selling his house next door to loose 5 potential sales and 36% of the original asking price. The neighbor says if he doesn't sell his home soon he'll be forced to loose it to foreclosure.

Crosswalk at 188th & Burnside and westbound MAX platform *CLOSED* beginning July 19, 2010

West Gresham: Crosswalk at 188th & Burnside and westbound MAX platform closed beginning July 19, 2010. Info here!

Crosswalk and westbound
MAX platform *CLOSED* for construction

Please support local Rockwood restaurants and businesses

Closure Notice:

Beginning Monday, July 19, the north-south crosswalk on the west side of 188th Avenue and Burnside Street will be closed for construction of the new MAX platform. The westbound MAX platform for the Rockwood/E 188th MAX Station will also be closed as of that day, and riders will be directed to a new temporary westbound platform located directly across from the existing eastbound platform (just east of the intersection of 188th and Burnside). There are no changes for eastbound riders at this time. The MAX will continue to operate on schedule with no service interruptions anticipated.

Vehicular traffic both eastbound and westbound on Burnside Street will continue to be limited to one lane in this area until the new light rail platforms open in early 2011.

See Traffic Impact Map for a visual illustration of the pedestrian and vehicular traffic impacts.

Hungry? Eat in Rockwood!

There is a world of great dining options in Rockwood. Please support local Rockwood restaurants and other businesses during the construction. They are open and look forward to serving you!

Click here Rockwood in Motion Restaurant Guide (pdf).

IMPORTANT

Please observe all detours and other signs and signals near the site for safety. Please avoid closed crosswalks and sidewalks, and do not enter the posted construction area.

Traffic changes on Burnside during Rockwood MAX station construction: Now thru Spring 2011

West Gresham: Traffic changes on Burnside during Rockwood MAX station construction: Now thru Spring 2011.  Info here!

Traffic reduced to one through and one turn lane, east and west bound Burnside, during Rockwood MAX station construction

Rockwood Traffic Changes

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2010, work on the Rockwood/E 188th MAX Station improvements will impact both east and westbound traffic on E Burnside St between SE 185th Av and SE Stark St.

Both eastbound and westbound Burnside Street will be limited to one through lane and one left turn lane each in the same area until the new light rail platforms open in early 2011. Temporary MAX station platform construction is underway at the Rockwood station while work proceeds on the new platforms for the rebuilt station. The temporary platform, which will serve both east and west bound riders, is expected to be operating on July 19.

Warning, curbside garbage prowler spotted: NE 164th & NE Holiday St

West Gresham: Warning, curbside garbage prowler spotted 164h Ave & NE Holiday St. About 5:30AM July 7, 2010 a scruffy looking 25-35 year old male on a bicycle w/toddler trailer was seen sifting through several curbside trash bins in the area. Photo here! If you see this guy you are urged to call the police.
Curbside garbage prowler spotted,
NE 164th & NE Holiday

Is your trash can a treasure chest for identity thieves?

X marks the spot!

Well, in this case, the 'X' is more like a lid with a handle on the top. For identity thieves who are looking for buried treasure, your garbage bin can be a jackpot of personal information. As the old saying goes, ’One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’

Have you seen this guy?

About 5:30am July 7, 2010 a "scruffy looking" 25-35 year old male on a bicycle w/toddler trailer was observed sifting through several curbside trash bins in the area of 164th Ave & NE Holiday St. After being spotted he got back on his bike and casually rode away with his booty. But, not before this picture was taken with a cell phone.

What was he looking for?

Pop cans? Food? Personal information (maybe credit card receipts, bank statements)? Who knows.

Whatever it was, he decided to look elsewhere after he was seen doing some early morning 'dumpster diving' through other folks trash.

Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) Workshop with the GRDC Advisory Committee: July 7, 2010 6PM

07/07/2010 - 6:00pm
07/07/2010 - 8:00pm
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City of Gresham, Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) Workshop with the GRDC Advisory Committee: July 7, 2010 6PM. Info here!

GRDC Workshop & GRDC Advisory Committee agenda:

Refine Industrial Incentive Programs, Identify Capital Improvement Projects in Industrial Area, Rockwood-West Gresham URA Industrial Land Context, Guest Speakers

When: Thursday July 7, 2010 6PM-8PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham OR
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The Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) will hold a workshop with the GRDC Advisory Committee on Thursday, July 7, 2010 at 6:00PM in the Conference Center, Gresham Civic Center, City Hall Building, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, Oregon. The focus of the workshop will be on industrial development in the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area.

This is a public meeting.

On the agenda

Click here for Thursday night's Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) Advisory Committee meeting agenda. This link takes you to the City of Gresham webpage that has the attachments and further meeting information.

Topic include: Refine Industrial Incentive Programs, Identify Capital Improvement Projects in Industrial Area, Rockwood-West Gresham URA Industrial Land Context, Guest Speakers.

You will find all of this under "agenda" for the meeting on 7/7.

Traffic Alert: Burnside reduced to one-lane each direction during Rockwood MAX construction, now thru March 2011

Traffic Alert: Burnside reduced to one-lane westbound during Rockwood MAX construction June 2010-March 2011.  Info Here!
Burnside construction, Rockwood
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Rockwood in Motion:
188th MAX Station work begins

Expect congestion and delays along Burnside until next Spring

When: Now thru March 2011
Where: E Burnside (Between 185th - SE Stark)
Gresham, OR
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Westbound

Beginning Monday, June 21, work on the Rockwood/E 188th MAX Station improvements will begin to impact westbound traffic on E Burnside Street between SE 185th Avenue and SE Stark Street. Traffic will be reduced to one through lane in this area until the new station opens in early 2011.

Eastbound

Eastbound Burnside Street will be limited to one through lane in the same area until the new light rail platforms open in March 2011. Temporary MAX station platform construction will begin JUne 21st for riders at the Rockwood station while work proceeds on the new platforms for the rebuilt station.

MAX Remains on Schedule

The MAX will continue to operate on schedule with no service interruptions anticipated. Several changes to pedestrian crossings are in effect during construction. Please observe all detours and other signs and signals near the site for safety. This includes not crossing Burnside Street where crosswalks have been closed or entering the posted construction area.

City Council approves Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan

City Council approves and adopts Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan. Info here!
Nelson Neighborhood Park Master Plan
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Public forums, citizen input and design changes complete

City Council approves Nelson Neighborhood Park Master Plan

The Gresham City Council approved and adopted the Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan at the June 1, 2010 City Council meeting.

About Nelson

The Nelson Property is a 2.0-acre parcel located adjacent to and south of the City-owned Nadaka Nature Park, fronting NE Glisan Street at NE 176th. Click here for a vicinity map of the area.

The second Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan Community Forum was held March 31st. At this forum the Preferred Design Alternative was presented which took into account comments from the Parks & Recreation Advisory Subcommittee, Urban Forestry Subcommittee, January 20 Community Forum, Metro Parks & Greenspaces, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and City staff.

The Master Plan includes approximately 1/3 of the property to be community gardens and orchard. There will also be picnic tables, a nature-based play area, and public restrooms. A walking loop will connect the Nelson Neighborhood Park with Nadaka Nature Park. (It will be necessary for citizens to obtain addtitional grant monies to develop the Nelson property.) The Nelson Property Summary Report and Community Forum Summary Reports are available on the City's website here.

Background

In 2009 the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association and Friends of Nadaka successfully obtained a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant, a grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and a donation from the Nelson Family Trust to purchase the 2 arce site for use as a neighborhood park. The Trust For Public Lands negotiated the purchase.

City Council to approve Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan: June 1, 2010 6PM

06/01/2010 - 6:00pm
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City Council to approve Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan: June 1, 2010 6PM. Info here!
Nelson Neighborhood Park Master Plan
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Public forums, citizen input and design changes complete

City Council set to adopt Nelson Neighborhood Park Master Plan

When: Tuesday Jun 1, 2010 6PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chamber
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham, OR
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Council to consider plan

The Gresham City Council will consider for adoption the Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan at the June 1st, 6PM meeting in the City Council Chamber. There will be a public comment period at the start of the meeting. Comments are limited to 3 minutes. Everyone is encouraged to attend this important meeting and show their support for this project.

About Nelson

The Nelson Property is a 2.0-acre parcel located adjacent to the City-owned Nadaka Nature Park, fronting NE Glisan Street at NE 176th. Click here for a vicinity map of the area.

The second Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan Community Forum was held March 31st. At this forum the Preferred Design Alternative was presented which took into account comments from the Parks & Recreation Advisory Subcommittee, Urban Forestry Subcommittee, January 20 Community Forum, Metro Parks & Greenspaces, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and City staff.

The Master Plan includes approximately 1/3 of the property to be community gardens and orchard. There will also be picnic tables, a nature-based play area, and public restrooms. A walking loop will connect the Nelson Neighborhood Park with Nadaka Nature Park. (It will be necessary for citizens to obtain addtitional grant monies to develop the Nelson property.) The Nelson Property Summary Report and Community Forum Summary Reports are available on the City's website here.

Background

In 2009 the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association and Friends of Nadaka successfully obtained a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant, a grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and a donation from the Nelson Family Trust to purchase the 2 arce site for use as a neighborhood park. The Trust For Public Lands negotiated the purchase.

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