Urban Renewal

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

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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.

Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting agenda: Feb 10, 2010 7PM

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City of Gresham, Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting, Wednesday Feb 10, 2010 7PM. Info here!

GRDC Advisory Committee agenda:

Barberry Village Apartments, Plaza del Sol workgroup report, 188th MAX Station Improvements, 187th/188th Realignment at Stark, Stark Street Boulevard Phase II.

When: Wednesday Feb 10, 2010 7PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham OR
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On the agenda

Click here for Wednesday 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.

It includes: Community Building at Barberry Village Apartments, Plaza del Sol: Community Event Work Group Report, 188th MAX Station Improvements, 187th/188th Realignment at Stark Street, Stark Street Boulevard Phase II (190th to 197th), and more. You will find all of this under "agenda attachments" for the meeting on 2/10.

Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting agenda: Jan 13, 2010 7PM

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City of Gresham, Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting, Wednesday Jan 13, 2010 7PM. Info here!

GRDC Advisory Committee agenda:

Election of Officers, Rockwood Town Center Access Projects, Plaza del Sol, Storefront Improvement Grants, more.

When: Wednesday Jan 13, 2010 7PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham OR
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On the agenda

Click here for Wednesday 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.

It includes info Election of Officers, Rockwood Town Center Access Projects, Plaza del Sol, Storefront Improvement Grants, 2010 GRDC Work Plan, etc. You will find all of this under "agenda attachments" for the meeting on 1/13.

Six new designs for Rockwood offer a bright future for West Gresham

Univ of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative presented six new designs for Rockwood at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission meeting Dec 9, 2009
Community-based urban living in
West Gresham's Rockwood triangle. Click to enlarge

Sustainable Cities Year project redefines Rockwood potential.

Proximity to Portland and MAX huge factors.

"Rockwood Boulevard combines social and community goals to transform an isolated and distressed site into a vibrant neighborhood. At the heart of the six arce site is a street lined with local business creating an atmosphere bursting with activity and unique flavor."

Six new designs for Rockwood

University of Oregon graduate students involved in the year-long Sustainable Cities Year program presented six new designs for the Rockwood triangle to an enthusiastic audience at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRC) meeting on Dec 9, 2009. The crowd, which divided into three groups for two presentations and a short Q&A every 20 minutes, liked what they saw.

"Community-based urban living supported by a micro economy of local business" dominated the design themes. Students cited the close proximity to downtown Portland and the importance of the adjacent MAX Blue Line as huge factors in their designs, saying Rockwood is positioned to become a vital and thriving area in West Gresham.

UPDATED: University of Oregon students to present Rockwood Town Center redevelopment plans: Dec 9, 2009 7PM

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What to do with the old Rockwood Fred Meyer site?  University of Oregon students to present Rockwood Town Center redevelopment plans: Dec 9, 2009 7PM. Info here
What to do with the old Rockwood
Fred Meyer site? Click to enlarge

Exciting news for Rockwood!

“Sustainable Suburbs” students study Rockwood catalyst site, will present six different approaches to redeveloping the Rockwood Town Center, Dec 9th 7PM

Members of the larger Rockwood Community encouraged to attend!

When: Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 7PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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You are invited!

As part of the University of Oregon’s year-long engagement with the City of Gresham through its Sustainable Cities Year (http://aaa.uoregon.edu/sci/scy/), students from Professor Nico Larco’s Architecture studio “Sustainable Suburbs” have been studying the Rockwood catalyst site at 185th and SE Stark Street and surrounding areas, interviewing local stakeholders, and visualizing the neighborhood’s potential with sustainability in mind. At the December 9th Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting, students from the University of Oregon will present six different approaches to redeveloping the Rockwood Town Center.

UPDATED: Recent area changes and photos below.

Members of the larger Rockwood Community are encouraged to attend on December 9th and be a part of what promises to be an interesting and lively discussion.

Update: Community Paints Rockwood Bright! Meet the new Plaza Del Sol!

Rockwood Paints It Bright!  Meet the new Plaza Del Sol! Gresham, Oregon.  Click for info!
Volunteers paint the plaza
Click to enlarge

Splashes of Color
mark a new beginning!

Plaza del Sol comes to the Rockwood Cultural Marketplace

Rockwood, Sep 19, 2009
When Rockwood coverage happens its commonly due to negative events. So, we felt it was very important to share an amazing community building event that took place today in Rockwood.

Welcome Rockwood's Plaza Del Sol painting!

Plaza del Sol is one of several new interim uses being sited by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission on the Cultural Marketplace (former Fred Meyer store) property in Rockwood at SE 187th & SE Stark St. Get Map!

The plaza is the first piece of a recently approved interim use plan for the Rockwood Cultural Marketplace to transform the site with new sidewalks, paths, benches, a wildflower garden, play area, basketball courts, a food-cart area, and many other family friendly activities.

Using supplies donated by Parr Lumber and Miller Paint, volunteers worked throughout the day to paint the huge 13,000-square-foot “Plaza del Sol,” a colorful scale model of the solar system on the Southeast corner of the site.

Come help paint Plaza del Sol at the Rockwood Cultural Marketplace: Sep 18, 2009 9:30AM-6PM

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Come help paint Plaza del Sol at the Rockwood Cultural Marketplace, Sep 18, 2009 9:30AM-6PM.  Info here!
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Put on your painting clothes!

Come Help Paint Plaza del Sol
at the Rockwood Cultural Marketplace (187th & Stark)

Friday, Sep 18th 2009

Come for an hour, or come for the day!

When: Friday, Sep 18, 2009 9:30AM-6PM
Where: Rockwood Cultural Marketplace
(former Fred Meyer site)
SE 187th & SE Stark St
Gresham, OR
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Help us paint the Plaza!

Plaza del Sol is one of several new interim uses being sited by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission on the Cultural Marketplace (former Fred Meyer store) property in Rockwood.

Volunteers are needed to help paint the “Plaza del Sol,” a scale model of the solar system. Come for an hour or come for the day! Wear casual clothes if you want to paint.

Food and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Pastries by La Mexicana Market, burritos by Don Pedro, and coffee and hot chocolate by Dutch Bros Coffee. Supplies donated by Parr Lumber and Miller Paint.

Planning the Future of Gresham Workshop: Aug 17, 2009 6:30PM

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Gresham Station mixed-use urban housing concept artwork, Gresham Oregon

How will Gresham look tomorrow?

Share your thoughts and opinions about residential buildings, community settings, and more.

When: Monday, Aug 17, 2009 6:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
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Picturing the Future of Gresham

The City’s Urban Design and Planning Department invites you to share your thoughts and opinions on residential buildings, community settings, and the design of the built environment in order to help shape Gresham’s future.

UPDATE: Rockwood 10 years later: millions wasted, the former Fred Meyer site remains a vacant lot

The former Rockwood Fred Meyer store (since demolished) property continues to languish after years of failed urban development and millions wasted. Once a thriving middle-class community, the area has fallen into ruin - riddled with crime and poverty
Rockwood Fred Meyer (demolished),
185th & SE Stark. Click to enlarge.

Once the 'heart' of a thriving middle-class community, Rockwood continues to remains on life-support

UPDATE: Jan 2013

Ask anyone in East County to describe Rockwood and you're likely to hear them say "slum", "trouble", or simply "stay away".

From everything to nothing
Not long ago -- or so it seems, Rockwood was a vibrant community, serving the regional needs of folks living in unincorporated East Multnomah County between the cities of Portland and Gresham. Whatever your need, Rockwood had it: grocerers, retailers, furniture, fast-food & restaurants, services, medical and more. Rockwood was buzzing with activity.

Those days are gone along with businesses like Fred Meyer, GI Joes, Girrods, Star Furniture, Rockwood Lanes, Fred's Travelrama, the laundromat, the urgent-care, Burger King, KFC, Dairy Queen, Winchell's, Skippers, and countless others.

Ignored for years by local government, Rockwood has been in decline for decades. Crime-infested, and poverty-sticken. Today Rockwood is fighting for its very survival.

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