Rockwood Family Winter Festival Saturday Dec 10th 2PM-5PM Tree Lighting 4:30PM
Join the Fun!
When: Saturday Dec 10, 2011 2PM-5PM Where: Plaza Del Sol
18709 SE Stark Street Get Map!
Bring the whole family and celebrate the Season on the Plaza Del Sol in Rockwood on Saturday Dec 10th from 2PM-5PM.
Crafts for the Kids
Visit from Santa
Tree Lighting Ceremony 4:30PM!
Help A Neighbor In Need
Help us reach our goal of 20,000 lbs of canned food to benefit SnowCap Community Charities on SE Stark Street. We will be collecting donations at the Festival - so bring your bag of canned food and help a neighbor in need this holiday season.
Start Street Boulevard completes. 188th/187th Ave realign begins, open house Nov 17th 6PM. Plaza del Sol holiday event, Dec 11.
One project completes
One major Urban Renewal-funded project is successfully wrapping up and another is about to get under way in Central Rockwood. The Stark Street Boulevard project is finishing up work to Stark between 190th and 199th, with the final round of concrete work and landscape planting to be completed any day now. The project improved sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks along this important arterial street, and added new street lights and landscaping.
Another project begins
At the same time, the 187th Avenue project is about to begin, with demolition of the north part of the Rockwood Community Office building leading off work that will build a new street connection from 187th and Stark to 188th and Burnside across the east end of former Fred Meyer site (the southern portion of the building used by Gresham Police will remain as is). When it’s complete, this new street will provide a much safer direct connection between the Rockwood MAX station and the neighborhood to the south of Stark, complete with a new signal at 187th and Stark, which should reduce much of the current conflict between vehicles and pedestrians on that stretch of Stark. Construction area map.
East County Courts, Rockwood Click for MultCo website
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
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.”
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.
Burnside construction, Rockwood (Click to enlarge)
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 Get Map!
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 and westbound MAX platform *CLOSED* for construction
Please support local Rockwood restaurants and businesses
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!
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.
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
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham OR Get Map!
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.
Burnside construction, Rockwood (Click to enlarge)
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 Get Map!
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 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.
New MAX Station, 188th & Burnside Click to enlarge
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.
Wilkes East Neighborhood would like express our gratitude to the following for their generous contributions & continued support:
• Jazzy Bagels, Main St & Powell
• Parkrose Hardware, 106th & Sandy
• Growers Outlet, 162nd & Glisan
• SOLV, Bringing Oregon together
• Albertsons, 181st & Glisan
• And, all the many volunteers!