Capital Projects

  • Projects are approved by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) and funded with Urban Renewal resources.

    Current projects

  • Rockwood Rising Redevelopment Project

    The Catalyst Site redevelopment project seeks to build an active, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use town center in the heart of Rockwood.

    In addition to meeting the needs of this highly diverse, growing, young and family-oriented community, the idea is to create a colorful, innovative and authentic destination to attract visitors to Rockwood.

    The project is at the site of the former Fred Meyer, 18535 SE Stark St., purchased by the GRDC in 2005 for redevelopment. 

    Burnside Street Properties Redevelopment

    The GRDC purchased two adjoining sites, 18801 and 18901 E. Burnside St., after a unanimous vote at its September meeting. These two properties are across from the Catalyst Site.

    Urban Renewal and the GRDC plan to develop these properties into mixed-use centers of commerce, service and play, with the intent of enhancing the effect and mission of the Rockwood Rising redevelopment project.

    Development on the 2.2 acres will begin after the completion of the Catalyst Site in 2018.

    Read about the Catalyst Site and Rockwood Rising.

    Stark Street Property Redevelopment

    The GRDC purchased the 3.8-acre Drake's 7 Dees property located at 16519 SE Stark St. and 312 SE 165th Ave. to create several opportunities for youth in the neighborhood.

    On November 5, 2015, Open School broke ground on a new 7th–12th grade college prep school. Starting with a class of 46 in 2014, the school will serve 270 students from six school districts by 2019.  Development is underway for a new Boys & Girls Club on the site. The new Club facility will be approximately 30,000 square feet occupying 1.7 acres.

  • Accomplishments

    Completed Urban Renewal projects in Rockwood include development, grant and transportation improvements.

  • Catalyst Site Interim Uses

    Interim improvements to the Catalyst Site included:

    • The Plaza del Sol
    • A wildflower field with a quarter-mile walking path
    • A children's playground
    Rockwood Public Safety Facility

    Located at 675 NE 181st Ave., the Rockwood Public Safety Facility:

    • Improves Gresham Police presence and visibility in Rockwood 
    • Provides a facility that is welcoming to citizens 
    • Attracts new private investment 
    • Allows for future expansion
    • Demonstrates quality design and sustainability
    • Creates opportunities for new community partnerships

    Constructing the facility delivered on a key promise to voters in the Rockwood Urban Renewal Plan.

    The facility houses a range of functions, including:

    • East Metro Gang Enforcement Team
    • Gresham Police Traffic Unit
    • Patrol and detective units
    • Community meeting room
    Pedestrian Improvements

    The GRDC received Community Development Block Grant funding to:

    • Construct a new pedestrian crossing at SE 179th and Stark Street.
    • Construct a new pedestrian crossing at SE 182nd and Main Street.
    • Complete the sidewalk connection on SE 182nd Avenue between SE Stark and Yamhill Streets.

    Project improvements

    • Improved the area's walkability and safety
    • Completed a pedestrian link connecting Stark Street to Yamhill Street in the Rockwood Town Center.
    187th/188th Avenue Realignment

    The GRDC created a direct north-south connection through the busy Rockwood Triangle by building a new street segment aligning SE 187th and SE 188th avenues.

    Project improvements

    • Creates a safe pedestrian connection between the MAX station and the residential neighborhood south of Stark Street.
    • Includes a new signalized intersection at 187th and Stark Street.
    • Ties the landscape and sidewalk design to the boulevard design on Burnside.
    • Replaces the old section of 188th between Stark and Burnside.

    The project was completed in 2011.

    Burnside Boulevard Improvements

    Safety improvements were made on the south side of Burnside Road between 185th and 190th avenues. The project was completed in 2011.

    Project improvements

    • Wider sidewalks
    • Improved landscaping and street trees
    • New streetlights
    • On-street parking between 185th and 188th avenues
    • Redesigned intersection at 188th Avenue and Burnside with safer pedestrian crossings
    • Distinctive pavement, sidewalk and crosswalk design reinforces the message Rockwood is a special part of Gresham
    East 188th Avenue MAX Station

    TriMet and the GRDC partnered to redesign and rebuild the 23-year old Rockwood/E 188th Avenue MAX Station.

    This project modernized and improved safety at the stop along the original MAX Blue Line. The new station opened in May 2011.

    MAX station improvements

    • Combined platforms with transparent shelters for added safety
    • More lighting
    • Security cameras
    • New ticket vending machines 
    • Public art
    Stark Street Phase II

    The Stark Street Phase II Boulevard Project rejuvenated the Rockwood Town Center and Cultural Marketplace by:

    • Installing transportation amenities to encourage more walking and biking.
    • Improving safety for motor vehicles. 

    Project improvements

    The enhancement project reconstructed Stark Street from 190th to 197th with street amenities including:

    • Landscaped medians
    • Pedestrian crosswalk islands
    • Wider sidewalks
    • Planter strips with street trees
    • Bus shelters
    • Rain-friendly pervious pavement
    • Green street treatments

    The project was completed in 2012 and expanded Phase I, an earlier public investment in 2004 that improved Stark Street from 181st to 190th.

    Wilkes Road Improvement

    The Wilkes Road improvements increased access to and from the NE Wilkes industrial area in Rockwood via NE 181st Ave. and Interstate 84.

    The project supports new and continued private investment, plus additional job creation and retention in the surrounding industrial area.

    Project improvements

    • Provide direct access from I-84, eliminating 1.5 miles of travel on city streets to reach industrial properties.
    • Accommodate southbound left and northbound right turns from 181st Avenue onto Wilkes Road.
    • Allow westbound right turns from Wilkes Road onto 181st Avenue.
    Background

    The GRDC approved this public-private partnership to fund and construct the Wilkes Road Improvement Project with the City's Transportation Division and property owner Washington Real Estate Holdings Gresham, LLC. 

    This project was completed in 2012.