Rockwood

MultCo Board approves construction and financing of East County Courthouse

MultCo Board approves construction and financing of East County Courthouse. Construction begins Dec 2010, completion Mar 2012. Info here!
East County Courts, Rockwood
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It's official. East County Courts will be built!

New three-story facility will house courts and county data center

After more than 40-years the East County Courts will be built in Rockwood. Ground breaking on the new court facility will begin before year's end

Unanimous Approval

The Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously October 28, 2010 to approve final plans for construction and financing of a new East County Courthouse in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham. Approval to build the facility culminates years of effort to replace the current leased courthouse space in Gresham, which is leaky, cramped and inadequate.

“As a long-time East Multnomah County resident, I am very excited to see this courthouse finally become a reality,” said District 4 Commissioner Diane McKeel. “This project will create new jobs and provide a catalyst for economic growth and development in Rockwood and East County. I would like to acknowledge the partnership, perseverance and support shown throughout this process from my peers on the Board, the courts, law enforcement, East County cities, neighbors and the business community.”

Rockwood: Overnight paving planned on Stark Street, Expect delays thru Oct 5, 2010

Rockwood: Overnight paving planned on Stark Street, Expect delays thru Oct 5, 2010.  Info here!

Stark Street Project
nearing completion

Overnight paving 8PM to 6AM
Drivers advised to seek alternate routes

Expect delays overnight

Starting today, crews will grind and place new pavement overlay on Stark Street in Rockwood between 190th and 199th avenues, including the approaches to Stark on Burnside Road. This work is part of Rockwood in Motion and the second phase of safety and boulevard improvements to Stark Street. The work is being conducted at night to minimize delays to the public.

Night work is anticipated from 8PM to 6AM Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 29-30, and will include flagging of the Stark/Burnside intersection, which may delay traffic in the area. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

Paving will continue the first week in October to the east of Burnside on Stark Street down to 199th Avenue; Monday or Tuesday night, weather permitting. This work is anticipated to be finished in one night between 8PM. and 6AM. This pavement work will take one lane at a time and may require minor, periodic detours from side streets as the crews work around cooling asphalt.

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).

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.

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.

Rockwood in Motion: Urban Renewal Projects Get Underway June 1st

Rockwood in Motion: Urban Renewal Projects Get Underway. Defining Rockwood's New Town Center, Change is on the horizon.  Info here!
New MAX Station, 188th & Burnside
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Defining Rockwood's
Town Center

Change is on the horizon!

Let the projects begin!

Look for big changes starting this summer, as the Gresham Redevelopment Commission begins transforming the face of Central Rockwood with a distinctive urban design.

"Rockwood in Motion" projects will benefit residents and businesses alike by providing a fresh new look for the area, improving safety and access to MAX, and jump-starting investment in the Rockwood Triangle. All while reinforcing the message that Rockwood is a special part of Gresham.

Expect Traffic Delays

Infrastructure improvement projects have already started in some Central Rockwood areas with all projects expected to be underway by June 1.

Click here for Construction Updates.

  • Burnside widening
  • New Rockwood MAX stations
  • 188th/187th Avenue Realignment
  • SE Stark Boulevard Phase II
  • Former Fred Meyer Site

(See project details below)

Rockwood in Motion: Urban Renewal Projects Get Underway. Construction Map.  Info here!
Construction Map. Click to enlarge

Gresham Redevelopment Commission Special Meeting: May 4, 2010 6PM

05/04/2010 - 6:00pm
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Gresham Redevelopment Commission Special Meeting: May 4, 2010 6PM. Info here!

Urban Renewal Project Funding

Small Business Incentive Program

When: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 6:00PM
Where: Council Chambers
Gresham Civic Center
Public Safety & Schools Building
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR
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Special Meeting

The Gresham Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The special meeting will convene immediately following adjournment of the 6:00 p.m. Gresham City Council meeting in the Council Chambers, Gresham Civic Center, Public Safety & Schools Building, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR. No Executive Session is scheduled at this time.

The purpose of the special meeting is for the Commission to consider two resolutions:

  1. Resolution authorizing execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Gresham for Urban Renewal Project Funding
  2. Resolution in support of a Small Business Incentive program

The complete agenda packet is available on the City of Gresham web site, accessible from the following link: GRDC Agendas and Minutes.

MultCo Commissioners Unanimously Approve Plans for East County Courthouse

MultCo Commissioners unanimously approve plans for East County Courthouse after years of promises and delays. Info here!
NW View. Click to enlarge

After years of promises and delays

Rockwood will finally get it's courthouse - once the funding is approved

Source: Willamette Week, OPB News (April 22, 2010)

After years of delays and missteps, Multnomah County commissioners unanimously approved the design for a new East County Courthouse in Rockwood.

The state ordered the county during the 1960's to have a courthouse in East Multnomah county. And there is a court -- but it's little more than one room in the old Gresham City Hall that's overcrowded and run down. But that's all going to change with the approval of a new courthouse in Rockwood's town center.

“I know this is a building. But it represents more than the stones, bricks and glass we see on paper,” said Commissioner Diane McKeel, who represents East County on the five-member board. “It represents commitment to an area left behind for too long.”

The plans call for a 40,000-square-foot building with three courtrooms (and space for more in the future) to handle misdemeanors and traffic cases.

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