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Downtown Rockwood Redevelopment

  • Rockwood Rising — now known as Downtown Rockwood— is creating opportunity and empowerment in the heart of the Rockwood community. 

    Featuring restaurants and micro-retail, community plaza, housing, job training and entrepreneurship services, quality health care, child care, and more.

    Downtown Rockwood webcam and construction slideshow

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    Learn more about available services in The Lumen Building.

    Job training and entrepreneurship

    • Mt. Hood Community College’s Small Business Development Center supports entrepreneurs in creating, growing and running a successful business. Offering one-on-one advising and training workshops.
    • WorkSource Oregon helps “people find jobs and businesses find talent.” Offering job search assistance, job creation, hiring support, retention and advancement.
    • Oregon Tradeswomen, across the street from the Downtown Rockwood Plaza, offers training, career education, and leadership development for women and Black, Indigenous and other people of color to join the skilled trades. 
    Coming Soon

    Explore the Rockwood Market Hall

    Rockwood Market Hall

    Local, fresh and authentic food options from both micro-restaurants and micro-groceries, as well as handmade artisanal goods from micro-retail spaces. 

    Space is still available. If you would like to bring your business to the Market Hall, fill out the tenant questionnaire.

    Commissary kitchen

    The Market Hall also features a 1,042-square-foot commissary kitchen. It is available for rent by the hour or on a monthly basis. Learn more about the commissary kitchen and rental prices.

    Community plaza

    At the heart of the Downtown Rockwood project, the community plaza will serve as the new living room for the Rockwood community. Featuring sprawling seating, playgrounds and a splash pad, the plaza will be a host site for public art, festivals, farmers markets and more. Coming spring 2022.

    Housing

    The the AVIVA Apartments will offer the best of integrated and vibrant living in the heart of Downtown Rockwood.

    Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom floor plans, amenities, and on-site retail will be available to those interested in being residents of the newest community in Gresham. Opening late 2023.

    Tenant Opportunities

    Rockwood has the youngest median age, greatest diversity and highest concentration of immigrants of any town center in the metro area.

    Whether your business dream is to operate a weekend pop-up shop or open the doors to your brick and mortar store, we have a space for you.

    Read more about Downtown Rockwood tenant opportunities and contact us about your business idea.

    Project Background

    Downtown Rockwood’s mission is to bring neighborhood revitalization without displacement, empowering residents to build prosperity for themselves and their families.

    Transforming the catalyst site

    In 2005, the Gresham Redevelopment Commission purchased the land at the former Rockwood Fred Meyer site, 18611 SE Stark St. 

    Since 2014, Urban Renewal staff have met with community members in schools, churches, libraries, coffee shops and other gathering places to engage the neighborhood on this project. 

    These community conversations directly informed the project’s design and identified the services and amenities that Rockwood residents desired most. 

    With the recent opening of The Lumen Building in 2020, and the anticipated opening of both the Rockwood Market Hall and the community plaza in 2022, Downtown Rockwood is ready to serve the Rockwood community.  

    • GALLERY Revised Site Plan and Market Hall
    • The Lumen Building in Downtown Rockwood features dining, childcare, health care, job services and more.
    • The Lumen Building in Downtown Rockwood stands next to the Rockwood Market Hall.
    • Design of the Rockwood Market Hall viewed from the community plaza.
    • The Market Hall manager gives a progress tour.
    • A design for the future AVIVA Apartments at Downtown Rockwood.

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    • Downtown Rockwood's The Lumen Building (left); Rockwood Market Hall (center); and AVIVA Apartments (right).

    • The Lumen Building opened in 2021. It features quality health care and child care services, job training and entrepreneurship opportunities, and a delicious family-owned restaurant.

    • It's only a few steps from The Lumen Building, left, to the almost-finished Rockwood Market Hall, right.

    • The Rockwood Market Hall will open to a community plaza with seating, splash pad, playgrounds and plenty of space for farmers markets, festivals and community events.

    • Rockwood Market Hall Manager Justin Bardwell shows City of Gresham staff the special touches built into the wood-framed, open-air marketplace.

    • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC), a partner in the Downtown Rockwood redevelopment project, is launching a food apprenticeship program for local students to learn marketable skills in the food manufacturing and culinary arts fields.

    • Construction starts this spring on the AVIVA Apartments, located on the corner of 187th Avenue and Burnside, across from the Rockwood/188th MAX Station.