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UPDATED: Rockwood Rising, one of Gresham’s urban renewal projects, prepares to break ground

Rockwood Rising, one of Gresham’s urban renewal projects, prepares to break ground. Info here.
Rockwood Rising, Gresham. Click to enlarge

A New Urban Hub

By Robyn Stower
Sr. Urban Renewal Project
Coordinator, City of Gresham

Rockwood Rising is a Gresham urban renewal project that will transform a 5.8 acre dilapidated lot into a thriving community hub. The development will include four buildings surrounding a public plaza that will focus on workforce development, job training, healthcare, education, food accessibility, small business development, and housing.

Rockwood Rising is located at 18535 SE Stark Street, in the heart of the Rockwood neighborhood. Rockwood has the youngest median age, greatest diversity, and highest concentration of poverty of any town center in the Portland metropolitan region. For decades the community struggled with disinvestment, lack of public infrastructure and limited access of community services.

In 2003, a citywide vote established the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area, which is governed by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC), to empower the disadvantaged community. Urban renewal plan goals emphasized community engagement, the creation of a town center to provide a mix of high-quality housing, jobs, shopping and community services, the development of parks, and the creation and retention of family-wage jobs.

Beginning in 2013, the GRDC in partnerships with community-based organizations performed extensive outreach to develop Rockwood Rising. The development site, which was previously home to a Fred Meyer grocery store, had been vacant for almost ten years and despite neighborhood mural and park initiatives was slowly becoming an attractive nuisance where families did not feel safe to bring their children.
 Thousands of local stakeholders participated in the visioning for Rockwood Rising which identified access to healthy, affordable food and economic opportunities as the highest priorities.

The community also participated in the design of Rockwood Rising which consists of four buildings (Building A, B, C, and D) surrounding a public plaza. Building A is a newly constructed four-story structure containing approximately 52,824 square feet of commercial space.

Rockwood Rising, west Gresham Or. Aerial view
Rockwood Rising. Click to enlarge

It will house education, workforce and business development services such as WorkSource Oregon, Mt Hood Community College Small Business Development Center and MetroEast Community Media. Building B is a newly constructed mixed-use structure that will provide approximately 27, 913 square feet of commercial space and 104 workforce housing units, twenty percent of which will be income restricted. Building C is the newly constructed Market Hall which will include two commercial kitchens, eight small restaurants, office space and up to twenty-four vendor booths. Building D is a significant renovation of an existing 7,000 square feet facility which will house a community maker space and construction and manufacturing apprentice program operated by Oregon Tradeswomen and Portland Opportunities and Industrial Center. The public plaza is a place the whole community can come and enjoy. The plaza will feature three age-specific playgrounds, interactive water feature, public art, including the recreation of the iconic Plaza del Sol mural, and will incorporate free Wi-Fi and amenities to support festivals and farmers markets. All these services promote Rockwood Rising’s mission to create an economic engine that will break the generational cycle of poverty and build family and community prosperity.

The GRDC recruited and selected, RKm Development, Inc. (RKm) through a transparent Request for Proposal developer search. RKm’s commitment to community and exceptional track record of equitable and quality management and development, such as Bethany Village, made them the ideal candidate to manage the project. As developer RKm will own and manage all the buildings on the property while the GRDC will own the property. This arrangement gives the GRDC the ability to repossess the property if the development agreements are not met.

Groundbreaking for Rockwood Rising is TBD 2019

UPDATE: Rockwood Rising timeline updated again; groundbreaking could happen in April
The Gresham Outlook, March 26, 2019 (Read more)

The timeline for the Rockwood Rising project has been updated after a Gresham Redevelopment Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 19, meaning the project could break ground in the next month. The project groundbreaking has been delayed several times, at one point being planned in the spring of 2018. Now it is supposed to happen in April, with construction being completed in early 2021.

City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 6:30PM-9PM

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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 6:30PM-9PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

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When: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 6:30PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Tammy Richardson, Planning Technician at 503-618-2401 or Tammy.Richardson@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:30PM-9PM

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City of Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:30PM-9PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:30PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Design Commission is the primary advising subcommittee to the City Council on design excellence for the built environment of the city. The Commission assists in the development and application of design standards and guidelines, and will conduct hearings as necessary to ensure that proposed public and private projects achieve these standards.

For more information about this event contact Amanda Lunsford at 503-618-2235 or Amanda.Lunsford@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 6:30PM-9PM

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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 6:30PM-. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 6:30PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Tammy Richardson, Planning Technician at 503-618-2401 or Tammy.Richardson@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 6:30PM-8:30PM

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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 6:30PM-8:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Tammy Richardson, Planning Technician at 503-618-2401 or Tammy.Richardson@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:30PM-9PM

01/16/2019 - 6:30pm
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City of Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:30PM-9PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:30PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Design Commission is the primary advising subcommittee to the City Council on design excellence for the built environment of the city. The Commission assists in the development and application of design standards and guidelines, and will conduct hearings as necessary to ensure that proposed public and private projects achieve these standards.

For more information about this event contact Amanda Lunsford at 503-618-2235 or Amanda.Lunsford@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:30PM-8:30PM

01/28/2019 - 6:30pm
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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:30PM-. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:30PM-
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Tammy Richardson, Planning Technician at 503-618-2401 or Tammy.Richardson@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Dec 05, 2018 6:30PM-8PM

12/05/2018 - 6:30pm
12/05/2018 - 8:00pm
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City of Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Dec 05, 2018 6:30PM-8PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Wed, Dec 05, 2018 6:30PM-8PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Design Commission is the primary advising subcommittee to the City Council on design excellence for the built environment of the city. The Commission assists in the development and application of design standards and guidelines, and will conduct hearings as necessary to ensure that proposed public and private projects achieve these standards.

For more information about this event contact Amanda Lunsford at 503-618-2235 or Amanda.Lunsford@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Dec 10, 2018 6:30PM-8:30PM

12/10/2018 - 6:30pm
12/10/2018 - 8:30pm
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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Dec 10, 2018 6:30PM-8:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Dec 10, 2018 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Tammy Richardson, Planning Technician at 503-618-2401 or Tammy.Richardson@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Dec 24, 2018 6:30PM-8:30PM

12/24/2018 - 6:30pm
12/24/2018 - 8:30pm
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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Dec 24, 2018 6:30PM-8:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Dec 24, 2018 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Tammy Richardson, Planning Technician at 503-618-2401 or Tammy.Richardson@GreshamOregon.gov.

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