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Gresham breaks ground on key Civic Neighborhood project

August 6, 2019

Alta Civic Station design

A once empty lot in one of Gresham’s three commercial centers began its transformation into a thriving mixed-use development, children’s playground and public plaza after construction began on Alta Civic Station earlier this month.

“The Alta Civic Station project is the first urban development project within the Civic Neighborhood in over a decade and serves as a critical first step towards realizing the City’s vision of a vibrant, destination  neighborhood in the heart of Gresham,” said Eric Schmidt, Community Development Director with the City of Gresham.

“The City is dedicated to expanding and attracting businesses, as well as strengthening amenities for families and residents in our community,” Schmidt added.

Located next to the Civic Drive MAX station, Alta Civic Station features:

  •  A large public plaza surrounded by retail and restaurant space, with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes above.
  • Scheduled to be complete by the end of 2021, the project will include eight buildings with 318 residential and live-work units, surface parking and approximately 12,000 square feet of commercial space.
  • The 21,000-square foot plaza will feature a designated children’s play area, outdoor dining, seating and a flexible recreation space for the public.

“Alta Civic Station will play a key role in more people living, working and shopping in the Civic neighborhood, particularly thanks to its location right next to the MAX line,” said Shirley Craddick, Metro Councilor. “Metro is pleased to collaborate with the City of Gresham and Wood Partners to continue building on the vision for this neighborhood.”

Gresham’s Civic neighborhood is one of three commercial centers where the City is focusing urban redevelopment strategies to expand and attract business, create jobs and enhance community amenities. 

In addition to this development, the City is excited to be actively working with Metro, TriMet and several private developers on the redevelopment of the former Kmart property as well as development planned for Gresham Station, a regional shopping center with national retail and food tenants, which was recently purchased by Harsch Investments, a Portland based real-estate development firm.

The project is the culmination of the combined efforts of the City, Metro and the development team from Wood Partners, a national developer with success building multifamily and mixed-use developments around the country.

Metro, which is selling the land for the project, originally acquired the site in 2002 in anticipation of the construction of the Civic MAX station. Metro and the City of Gresham are also working together to advance a separate project on the south side of the MAX station, which will include a mix of market rate and workforce housing.

“Alta Civic Station will provide a wide variety of apartment homes in one of Portland’s burgeoning walkable, transit-oriented suburban neighborhoods. We hope to attract quality retailers and restaurants and provide an inviting place for neighbors to gather,” said Michael Nagy, Managing Director at Wood Partners. “We’re looking forward to being part of the neighborhood.”

The City and Metro will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug.13 from 10:00-11:00 am on the property at the corner of NW Civic Drive and NW 15th Street, directly north of the Center for Advanced Learning. Gresham Council President Jerry Hinton and Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick will briefly speak at 10:00 am, followed by a ceremonial shovel turn. Light refreshments will be provided.

Read more about the Civic Neighborhood Vision and Design District Update.