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August 18, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI
King + Parks Apartments, rendering of development as viewed from MLK Blvd. looking south.

King + Parks Apartments, rendering of development as viewed from MLK Blvd. looking south.

During the past several months, PCRI has presented information about the proposed King + Parks Apartments to the Piedmont Neighborhood Association on multiple occasions and with neighboring residents and businesses. In addition to sharing information, we have listened to diverse feedback and have worked to incorporate this input into the development, proposed for the property on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Rosa Parks Way and Highland Avenue.

More recently, neighbors and passers-by may have noticed activity at the site. Rest assured, we are not yet beginning construction. Activity on the site is related to the city’s sewer repair projects and is limited to equipment and materials related to sewer repair work (more information about sewer repair status can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/72103).

For development of the King + Parks Apartments, PCRI is targeting fall 2017 to submit to the City of Portland for building permits and is targeting late winter/early spring to begin construction. Currently, design and development plans are still being refined, based on neighborhood and community feedback as well as functional and cost considerations. Below are some of the themes we have heard from community feedback, as well as some information about how this is informing the future development:

Parking: Interest includes the number of parking spaces to be provided, potential impacts of parking on surrounding streets, and how PCRI will allocate the parking spots.

Although city code requires zero spaces of off-street parking for development of our type in this location, PCRI has applied for a land use appeal to provide 24 parking spaces accessed from the alley. This appeal is currently under review with the City of Portland. It is important to note that PCRI will not be charging residents to park in these spots, which will help ensure residents utilize these spaces before parking on the surrounding streets. PCRI is also in conversation with TriMet to explore opportunities to partner and maximize transit use/minimize vehicle ownership by residents.

Relationship of PCRI’s development with neighboring properties: Interested includes how the design will impact sunlight/shadows, security, and trash pick-up details.

PCRI has reviewed shadow studies completed by our architects early in the design process, which has informed height and other characteristics designed to minimize or altogether eliminate any shadows cast from the building onto neighboring properties. PCRI has also been exploring options to pull the building further away from the existing alley, which will further reduce the impacts to neighboring properties. Lighting along the alley will help aid security and is being designed to minimize any spill-over to adjacent properties. Security cameras are also proposed at key locations to help ensure security but will be placed to avoid any direct lines of sight into residences.

Additionally, PCRI has designed the waste room as an enclosed and secured space in a central location for pick up – along the alley near Rosa Parks Way. Trash collection for existing properties is already provided along the alley south of the site; collection at the new development is expected to be coordinated with the existing mid-day schedule.

King Parks Rendering_Page_1Building Design and Rosa Parks Art: The neighborhood association expressed interest in what aspect of the design might act as a statement piece or what will differentiate the design from other buildings along MLK and in the neighborhood. The neighborhood association also noted interest in working with PCRI to integrate a Rosa Parks art piece into the project.

As with any project, PCRI seeks to balance design options within the various requirements of the project. This includes Community Design Standards laid out by the City which provide specific and prescriptive requirements our design must follow. Portland Housing Bureau and other funding sources also have additional provisions we must meet. While this limits PCRI’s flexibility in the building’s design and size, we are committed to continuously evaluate how the building’s design can respond to neighborhood feedback. This includes moving the building away from the alley and highlighting design elements on the MLK Blvd. façade. PCRI has worked with the architect to select additional perspectives to provide views of the building and has shared drafts of these perspectives with the Neighborhood Association (also pictured above and right).

PCRI and its design team have also begun brainstorming options for integrating a Rosa Parks art piece into the building and how this could also potentially provide a stronger statement to the design. The architect has been discussing with the city planner how these ideas interplay with Community Design Standards and PCRI will continue engaging the neighborhood association in discussing options for the art piece.

PCRI will continue to provide updates as the design is refined and as the project moves closer to construction. For additional updates and information click HERE.

August 3, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

Beatrice 080117Record temperatures in Portland will result in some changes in work crew schedules this week. Construction crews will stop work at 1:30 p.m. August 3 to avoid extreme mid-day heat. During continued hot temperatures, crews are anticipated to begin work at 6:00 a.m., slightly earlier than normal. Notices have been posted at neighboring homes advising of the schedule change, with contact information in case of any issues.

Despite the weather inconvenience, concrete walls continue to be formed and poured. One phase is complete, with a second underway and a third phase coming in approximately one week. Forming and pouring on concrete slabs will follow.

As has been the case during prior weeks, street closures are to be expected during the day to facilitate safety and jobsite access:

  • Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

August 1, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

The most important step towards financial freedom is tackling a budget. Map out your goals, save money, keep track of your progress and make your dreams a reality. Join PCRI on Wednesday, August 30 to learn how to budget, find the motivation to save, and take home great tips on how to save money.

Budgeting made easy flier_083017Date:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: PCRI Annex, 6601 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.

RSVP by 8/28: Via email to Marqueesha or by calling (503) 288-2923 x102

Interested in more information about PCRI’s financial education or homeownership programs? Learn more HERE. Additional classes will be offered each month; please check back for more information.

For more information contact Marqueesha Merriweather by email or by phone at (503) 288-2923 x102. Click the photo (above, right) for a downloadable flyer.

July 13, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

Oregon’s growing economy and quality of life are attracting more and more new residents every year. However, rising housing costs in cities and rural areas are making it increasingly difficult to live here. Cities like Portland are experiencing problematic impacts from gentrification and displacement, while many parts of rural Oregon are facing a deteriorating and insufficient housing stock. Across the state, communities struggle to create an environment where small businesses can thrive.

Oregon Summit FlyerNCRC’s Oregon Reinvestment Summit, taking place October 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, will bring together rural and urban community-based organizations, from fair housing organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), policy organizations, and financial institutions to exchange knowledge and develop strategies to promote economic opportunity for all Oregonians.

Please register and join us! Registration is open through September 15 and attendees using PCRI’s link are able to attend at the member rate!

FEATURING WORKSHOPS AND PLENARIES ON:

  • Equitable development in gentrifying communities
  • Rural development
  • Bridging the urban-rural divide
  • Transitioning from renting to homeownership
  • Community reinvestment
  • Capital and credit for small businesses
  • Affirmatively furthering fair housing
  • Increasing availability of workforce housing
  • Community development partnerships

Special Community Member rates and scholarships are available for people who are experiencing financial hardship. Email Caitie Rountree at NCRC for more information.

The Oregon Reinvestment Summit is convened in partnership with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), CASA of Oregon, Fair Housing Council of Oregon, Housing Land Advocates, Oregon Opportunity Network and PCRI.

Click on the flyer to the right for a downloadable copy. New information will be posted as it is available – check back for updates!

July 11, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
Forms are placed for concrete first floor walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

Forms are placed for concrete first floor walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

We’re going up! Following completion of concrete footings, first floor columns and walls are being formed, reinforced, and concrete will be poured. This work will be completed in three phases with each phase lasting approximately one week.

During the coming weeks, some street closures are expected in order to ensure safety and facilitate this work:

  • Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd: 7/7-7/13 and 7/17
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd until 11/13

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

July 6, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
Colas Construction crews work on footings for the new Beatrice Morrow building

Colas Construction crews work on footings for the new Beatrice Morrow building

As construction progresses at The Beatrice Morrow, the health and safety of future residents as well as the larger community remain of critical importance to PCRI. Throughout construction, environmental inspections are being performed to verify the site is safe for future residents and neighbors. To this end, we are happy to report that inspections performed at the start of construction have identified less remediation required than anticipated.

Prior to construction, environmental inspections and soil samples identified one area of potentially lead-impacted soil at the site. During excavation, further tests were performed on this area of soil. Presence of lead in the surface soil was identified, although testing revealed that deeper soil was not affected. The impacted soil was removed and transported to a facility certified for disposal.

Additional environmental tests have been performed in other areas of the site to assess any potential environmental or health concerns and all tests have come back negative for possible hazards.

Footings have now been poured and the vertical construction of the building will be underway soon. As construction continues, the development team will continue to utilize our third-party environmental consultant to assess any areas of concern and perform tests to ensure the ongoing safety of the site.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE and additional environmental information can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

Aerial view of the Beatrice Morrow site, July 6, 2017

Aerial view of the Beatrice Morrow site, July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI
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PCRI maintenance techs volunteer at the home of a North Portland senior, painting and performing critical home repairs.

PCRI is thrilled to be a recipient of CareOregon’s 2017 grant funding. The $50,000 grant will expand PCRI’s Senior Homeownership Retention and Repair Program, focused on helping North and Northeast Portland senior homeowners who need assistance with critical home repairs or retaining home ownership.

“These grants continue CareOregon’s emphasis on working with our community partners to address social determinants of health, particularly housing issues. Along with adverse childhood events, this is a key goal for CareOregon management and our board of directors,” said Eric C. Hunter, chief executive officer and president.

CareOregon’s spring 2017 grant cycle was focused on overcoming housing insecurity, helping address one of the biggest socioeconomic barriers to effective health care. In all, $300,000 in development investment grants were made to seven organizations that focus their efforts on reducing housing insecurity, including organizations which PCRI partners with to identify and assist eligible senior homeowners such as Northwest Pilot Project and the Store to Door program.

“Our experience in providing care through the Oregon Health Plan has made it clear that this population is at a greater risk for housing insecurity, as well as other social and economic factors, than the average Oregonian.”

CareOregon’s bi-annual community-benefit giving additionally awarded almost $115,000 in nine smaller grants within the organization’s core focus areas: childhood development, member and community empowerment, social determinants of health and Community Health Improvement Plan goals in its service areas.

“A common theme of these grants is that they are to programs that are primarily direct services for young children and families at high risk of experiencing poor health outcomes,” Hunter said. “We know that if we can have a positive impact on families’ health early on, that impact will not only provide benefits now, but will continue to have benefits for them and our community for many years into the future.”

CareOregon serves the largest number of Medicaid recipients in the state through its affiliation with four Coordinated Care Organizations. For more about the grants, see http://bit.ly/co-2017-spring-grant-recipients. For more information about PCRI’s Senior Homeownership Retention and Repair Program, click HERE.

June 7, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
Excavation and site work begins at the Beatrice Morrow site

Excavation and site work begins at the Beatrice Morrow site

During the final week of May, construction activity progressed at The Beatrice Morrow Apartments. Work primarily consisted of installation of the storm water drainage systems and excavation for building footings. Installation of concrete forms and additional preparation for building footings will continue in early June.

For the week of June 12, construction crews will close NE Ivy Street where it meets Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to allow for installation of the sanitary sewer connection. The street will be closed beginning Monday or Tuesday and may last through the week. Crews will re-open the road as soon as it is safe to do so. East of the work site, Ivy Street will remain open to NE 7th Avenue. Additional intermittent closures are likely to occur in the coming weeks to ensure safety while concrete pours are performed. Details of future street closures will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

The City of Portland is reviewing the development team’s proposed Transportation Management Plan which details any additional construction-related impacts sidewalks and streets. Once approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, this information will be shared by the development team.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

May 30, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

Construction activity at The Beatrice Morrow Apartments site began May 22. Although activity during the first week of construction focused primarily on mobilizing and setting up construction equipment, more significant activity is expected to be underway the week of May 29.

In the coming weeks, passers by and neighbors can anticipate to see increased activity as crews clear the site, begin to install underground utilities, and prepare for foundation and other concrete work. By mid-June, construction crews anticipate beginning concrete work. During this time, construction crews may intermittently close NE Ivy Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. over the course of a three-week period to accommodate equipment and safely facilitate concrete pours. East of the work site, Ivy Street will remain open to NE 7th Avenue.

The development team is preparing a Transportation Management Plan to confirm details of any additional construction-related impacts sidewalks and streets. Once approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, this information will be shared by the development team.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

May 24, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, New Construction, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

2017.05.25 B MorrowConstruction activity started on the Beatrice Morrow apartments in late May 2017. The development has the honor of being the first major housing development in Portland owned, developed, designed, and built by organizations led by African Americans: PCRI as owner and developer, Carleton Hart Architects, and Colas Construction as general contractor. In addition, apartments in the completed building will be prioritized for residents previously displaced from neighborhoods that were home to the city’s greatest concentrations of African Americans.

Immediately upon closing the project’s financing, Colas Construction began to mobilize their construction equipment and crews for development of the site named to honor Portland civil rights pioneer Beatrice Morrow Cannady. The development team is confirming details of any construction-related impacts to the neighborhood and will be communicating this information out to neighbors as soon as it is available. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

“This project was an honor to close,” said Jodi Enos, Assistant Vice President and CDC Account Manager for U.S. Bank, the project’s investor. “The impact it will have in the community to fight gentrification is unparalleled. ”

The five-story building will be built along NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd between Cook and Ivy Streets. In addition to the apartments in the building’s upper floors, the ground floor will include over 6,000 square feet of commercial retail space as well as a large community room for use by the building’s residents and members of the neighborhood.

Project Partners, PCRI, and local officials joined a groundbreaking celebration for the Beatrice Morrow development

Project partners, PCRI, and local officials joined a groundbreaking celebration for the Beatrice Morrow development

“This is an important opportunity to provide access to affordable family rental housing in a neighborhood that has experienced displacement and gentrification in the past several decades,” said Ms. Fitzpatrick at a groundbreaking celebration in April 2017. “PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides.”

In addition to ensuring stability for residents, the development team has had a particular focus on creating equitable economic opportunity in the creation of the project, including partnership with Colas Construction and Carleton Hart Architects. Professional services contracted during the project’s design phase have been overwhelmingly focused on minority- and women-owned firms. In addition, Colas Construction anticipates at least 30-40% of the project’s construction will be performed by certified minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business firms.

Project partners include development consultant Gerding Edlen, U.S. Bank, Portland Housing Bureau, Oregon Housing and Community Services, Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, Home Forward, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

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