October 23, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · The Beatrice Morrow, Uncategorized

Construction at the Beatrice Morrow development continues to proceed according to schedule, with the second floor nearly ready to take shape. First floor walls, columns and floors are complete and decking is in place for the concrete slab of the second floor. Concrete deliveries are anticipated during the coming weeks.

To facilitate safety and jobsite access, additional street closures are planned on NE Cook Street during beginning the afternoon of Monday October 23 through approximately November 5. Cook Street will be closed to parking and vehicle traffic at NE Martin Luther King Blvd during this time. Access will remain available from NE 7th Avenue to the Magnolia Apartments and properties east of Martin Luther King Blvd.

The Beatrice Morrow construction team has also been in contact with the contractor of the property at 422 NE Ivy Street. Although this construction is unrelated to PCRI and Colas Construction’s work at the Beatrice Morrow, we have helped to coordinate access for construction vehicles from NE Martin Luther King Blvd to help minimize construction traffic on Ivy Street.

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.

October 16, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000

PCRI is the Charity of the Day at Oregon Public House all day Tuesday, November 14, 2017! To top it off, we’re hosting a Pathway 1000 happy hour celebration with drinks and entertainment in the OPH’s Village Ballroom, just upstairs. Oregon Public House and the Village Ballroom are located at 700 NE Dekum Street, just a few blocks from PCRI’s office.

All day long, Oregon Public House will donate to PCRI a portion of the pub’s food and drink sales – it doesn’t matter whether you come by for lunch or dinner or order food to pick up! The pub is open 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and PCRI staff will be on hand to say hi and share information about the Pathway 1000 initiative.

From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., PCRI is hosting a Pathway 1000 launch celebration in the ballroom, located above the pub. Our celebration will include live music and spoken word by local artists, with wine and beer for sale. 100% of the drinks sold in the ballroom will benefit PCRI and our Pathway 1000 Initiative. We also look forward to spending time with you, our partners! The event will offer a chance for friends and partners to meet and network with one another.

We hope to see you there!

September 22, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000

african-american-couple-buying-home1-2PCRI will host a kick off event on October 7, 2017 for its Pathway 1000 Initiative. At the kick off event, families and individuals can learn about homeownership and other opportunities available as part of the initiative, as well as more information about the initiative and its goal of ending involuntary displacement.

The kick-off event will be held at Portland Community College’s Workforce Training Center at 5600 NE 42nd Avenue (at Killingsworth) on October 7, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided; RSVPs are not required. Questions can be sent to PCRI via email.

Pathway 1000 is a displacement mitigation initiative created by PCRI and informed through community outreach and feedback. In addition to mitigating displacement, the initiative Arika and Jenniferaims to reclaim the historic heart and soul of Portland’s African American community, building prosperity for African Americans and others displaced from North and Northeast Portland through the development of 1,000 new affordable homes during the next decade. This development will create hundreds of living-wage jobs, business growth and additional development opportunity throughout the duration of the 10-year initiative.

In addition to individuals and families interested in learning about homeownership opportunity, industry professionals are encouraged to attend to learn more about how their organization or business can participate in the initiative. Attorneys, architects, finance professionals, contractors and others are invited to join in the Pathway 1000 initiative.

August 22, 2017 · by pcriadmin · The Beatrice Morrow

B Morrrow 08 22aConstruction at the Beatrice Morrow development took a brief pause during this week’s solar eclipse. Despite the brief construction break, first floor concrete walls continue to be formed and poured, with the final wall pour anticipated within about a week. Forming and pouring on concrete slabs will follow.

The Beatrice Morrow construction team has also been advised that construction will soon begin at 422 NE Ivy Street, adjacent to the Beatrice Morrow development. PCRI and Colas Construction are not involved in development or construction of townhomes to be built at this property on Ivy Street.

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

  • B Morrrow 08 22bIvy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd

In addition to the above street closures, construction crews will temporarily close one lane of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. as fill material is delivered for the building areas along the street. These closures are anticipate to only involve one lane for a brief period of time and will involve flaggers to direct traffic, in accordance with permitting requirements for the closure.

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 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 21, 2017 · by pcriadmin · The Beatrice Morrow
Trucks deliver concrete for the first walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

Trucks deliver concrete for the first walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

Concrete walls are being poured! Concrete arrived Friday, July 21 for the first of three phases of concrete walls and columns. Two additional phases of walls and columns will be formed, reinforced, and concrete will be poured in the coming weeks with each phase lasting approximately one week.

To ensure safety and facilitate this work, street closures are to be expected during the day for the coming weeks:

  • 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.

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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.

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