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The Parkrose-Argay Development Study will explore opportunities to create a complete and connected neighborhood on the 30-acre site at NE 122nd Avenue and NE Shaver Street. This effort will result in a concept plan for a walkable, community-oriented development that serves the area. In the process, the project team and consultants will consider market conditions, financial feasibility, community perspectives and public policy goals for equitable growth on this potential opportunity site.The development study will look at the area in a holistic way to help achieve greater benefits for the community and owners, if or when it is developed.
One of the largest undeveloped properties in Portland, the study site has been owned and farmed by the Rossi, Guisto and Garre families for many decades and is home to the iconic red barn and adjacent farmland. It is close to many public assets and facilities, which makes it an ideal location for creating a complete and walkable neighborhood with commercial, residential and mixed-use development serving current and future Portlanders.
The site is located within a short walk to several schools: Shaver Elementary, Parkrose Middle School and Parkrose High School. It is also next to the newly developed Luuwit View Park and community garden. Recent changes to TriMet Line 73 on 122nd Avenue make it a “frequent service” line, which helps improve the site’s connection to jobs and other destinations through MAX and other bus lines. Planning for other improvements on 122nd Avenue is expected to bring future upgrades to pedestrian crosswalks, bicycle safety and transit travel times.
The development study is partially funded by a Metro Construction Excise Tax grant (aka the Rossi Farms Development Plan). It is a cooperative effort between the City of Portland, Metro and the property owner families. The project will explore possibilities for a legacy development that brings benefits to the community and helps to achieve City and regional goals for creating complete, healthy and connected communities.
The development study will be conducted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability over the next several months and is expected to conclude around July 2019. Planning staff will seek input from the public — including individuals, nearby neighborhood associations, business associations and other community stakeholders — in the following general timeframes:
Any changes to development allowances, regulations (zoning), and/or development agreements with public entities, if appropriate, would be outcome conclusions of the study. These would be implemented through a public process for such changes or agreements, with additional opportunities for public input and testimony to decision-making bodies including Portland City Council.
The primary goals of the project are to create a plan for a complete, walkable community-oriented development that:
The project will include information sharing and opportunities for public input from community members via open houses, charrettes, meetings, as well as online information and outreach.
The project team will be advised, in part, by a project working group, which will serve as a sounding board for ideas and issues regarding the development concept. The group will comprise representatives of the property owners, the Parkrose School District, nearby neighborhood associations, business associations and the Historic Parkrose NPI, as well as other community organizations that have an interest in development issues in the area. The group will be supported by staff from the City of Portland and Metro.
The following is a summary of key community engagement phases:
Barry Manning, Project Manager
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
About the Parkrose-Argay Development Study