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SAVE THE DATE: Parkrose-Argay Development Study Open House, June 19

Community members invited to review the Preferred Concept Plan for the Rossi, Guisto, and Garre Farms properties.

Community members are invited to preview the “Preferred Concept Plan” for the farm sites on NE 122nd Avenue and NE Shaver Street. This concept for new development builds on the community workshop held on April 18, 2019. Since then, City planners and consultants have been incorporating the feedback into one draft concept plan, the “preferred” concept.

At the June 19 Preferred Concept Plan Open House, we will share the new concept plan and get your feedback on the preferred layout and potential future land uses. A presentation about the concept plan will start at 6:45 p.m., but you can drop in at any time to preview the preferred concept and provide your feedback.

Parkrose Argay Development Study
Preferred Concept Open House

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Parkrose Middle School
11800 NE Shaver Street
Portland, OR

Tentative Agenda

6:30 p.m. – Doors open and light snacks

6:45 p.m. – Presentation of the preferred concept and next steps

7:15 p.m. – Share your thoughts and feedback (drop-in open house)

8:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Concept Plan Workshop Outcomes

At the April 18 workshop, more than 125 community members learned about and discussed three different concepts

  • Concept A – View Corridor, created a street layout to highlight views of Mt Hood and Mt St Helens. 
  • Concept B – Main Street, created a “main street” intersecting with NE 122nd Avenue for retail and services. 
  • Concept C – Grid Streets, retained the iconic red barn location and offered a variety of housing options.

Participants were asked to discuss the concepts in small groups and report back which concept best incorporated desired features identified by community members at the Vision and Aspirations Workshop held in December 2018. Overall most participants favored the View Corridor concept, which maintained the mountain views so important to the community. Many also suggested retaining the barn in its location on NE 122nd Avenue and repurposing it into a component of the project. Some liked the opportunity for retail and services in the main street concept. All of the concepts featured a range of housing, including apartments, townhomes and cottages. 

The project team has reviewed the feedback from the Concept Plan Workshop and is working with the study’s Project Working Group (PWG) and the property owners to create the Preferred Concept Plan. View the PWG agendas, presentations and meeting notes.

Now they want to hear from the community.

Did they get it right? Are the preferred features like housing, retail, street scaping and other community benefits incorporated well? What's missing? Is everything in the right place? How could the preferred concept be improved?  

Background

The Rossi, Giusto and Garre Farms on NE 122nd Avenue have been family farms in the community for a century. Now the owners, working with the City of Portland, want to explore options to create something new that will serve their community for the years to come. The Parkrose-Argay Development Study will explore options to create a more complete and connected neighborhood on the 30-acre site at NE 122nd Avenue and NE Shaver Street.  

For more information, visit Parkrose-Argay Development Study.

Initial development concepts for Rossi, Guisto and Garre farms properties presented Thursday, April 18

Residents and neighbors of the Parkrose-Argay area invited to review and give feedback during a Concept Plan Workshop at Parkrose Middle School.

After hearing from more than 100 community members about their vision for the 30-acre site at NE 122nd and NE Shaver and surrounding area, the City of Portland and planning consultants are developing concepts for the large site owned by the Rossi, Guisto and Garre families.

The urban farm is potentially a “blank slate” for a master plan development, which could include housing and commercial buildings, with space for community-desired services such as eateries, a grocer, an entertainment venue and more.

Master plans typically cover several blocks or acres of land. They are meant to create a cohesive neighborhood for residents and businesses, incorporating streets, open areas and other features. The goal for this project is to create a unified design rather than disconnected development that does not meet the community’s needs, or City or owners’ goals.

On Thursday, April 18, the project team will share a few alternatives – or concepts – for such an integrated development, which would also relate to the nearby schools, parks and streets.

Share your feedback at the Concept Plan Workshop

The Concept Plan Workshop will build on the Vision and Aspirations Workshop held last December. At the workshop, participants will be able to explore more detailed conceptual options for future development on the site. We will use community feedback on potential site layouts and future land uses to refine the concepts into a preferred concept for the property owners as they consider the future of their land. 

Concept Plan Workshop

Thursday, April 18, 2019
6 – 8:30 p.m. (agenda below)
Parkrose Middle School
11800 NE Shaver Street
Portland, OR
TriMet #73 and #22

Agenda

6 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Welcome and overview presentation
7 p.m. Review concept plans
8:15 p.m. Wrap up
8:30 p.m. Adjourn  

Vision Workshop Report and Other News

The Parkrose-Argay Development Study - Vision and Aspirations Workshop was held on December 11, 2018. A report that summarizes feedback from the workshop, as well as related mail-in and online questionnaires, is available online.

The project team has been working closely with a Project Working Group (PWG) on concept and outreach ideas. The PWG is made up of community members with ties to organizations, such as neighborhood and business associations, the Parkrose School District and other community organizations, as well as property owners.

View the PWG agendas, presentations and meeting notes

Background

The Rossi, Giusto and Garre farms on NE 122nd Avenue have been family farms for a century. Now the owners, working with the City of Portland, want to explore options for creating something new that will serve their community for the years to come.

The Parkrose-Argay Development Study will explore options to create a more complete and connected neighborhood on the 30-acre site at NE 122nd Avenue and NE Shaver Street.  

Farms on NE 122nd studied for possible future community-oriented development

What’s known as Rossi Farms is subject of the Parkrose-Argay Development Study; community members weigh in at a visioning workshop.

There aren’t that many empty plots of land left in Portland, much less ones that are more than 30 acres. The site at NE 122nd and NE Shaver (known as Rossi Farms by many) is farmland that’s been in the Rossi, Giusto and Garre families for as many as five generations.

But as Portland grows, so do the farming families’ children and grandchildren. And as the property is surrounded by houses, apartments, businesses, schools and a new park, the property owners are partnering with the City of Portland to envision a new and different future for their land.

Workshop draws 100 people

On December 11, 2018, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted a “Vision and Aspirations Workshop” for the Parkrose-Argay Development Study. This was the first public event of the project, a project to develop a concept plan for a complete and connected neighborhood on the site. The owners are partnering with BPS and Metro, which also provided funding for the study.

About 100 people from neighborhoods, business groups, schools and other community organizations attended the event at Parkrose Middle School. They shared their vision and ideas for the area and future development on the site.

Parkrose School District Superintendent Michael Lopes-Serrao welcomed the attendees. Then BPS staff gave a brief presentation of the study and its goal of developing a concept plan for a complete and connected community in the area – with new housing, retail and community services, supported by three schools (Parkrose High School, Parkrose Middle School and Shaver Elementary School) and the new Luuwit Park.

Joe Rossi, one of the owners, then spoke about the opportunity that partnering with the City, Metro and the school district on the project offered. He welcomed input from residents and community members, saying “We can’t do this by ourselves.”

Conversations centered around five topic stations

Participants were asked to share their thoughts and feedback on five different topics

  • Retail, Businesses and Services
  • Housing Types and Affordability
  • Site Design, Layout and Amenities
  • Transportation Issues and Streets
  • Jobs, Community Services and Other Issues

Participants wrote on maps and posted sticky notes to share their ideas and concerns. 

Staff heard support for new retail and other services in the area as well as new housing on the site, but there was a range of opinions on scale and type. Other frequent themes included providing safe and walkable transportation connections and retaining elements of the agricultural heritage of the site.

Read the worksheet and answer the questions. Then mail it back to us!

Next Steps

In the coming weeks, staff will compile feedback from the workshop and follow-up questionnaires received by mail. This community feedback will help inform the market research and economic analysis and creation of a concept plan.

Two more workshops are planned in spring 2019 to share preliminary concept alternatives and a preferred concept plan with the public.

Want to learn more?

Visit the project website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/77843 
Contact: Barry Manning, project manager, barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7565

Parkrose-Argay Neighborhoods: How will your community grow?

Save the date for a community visioning workshop | December 11, 2018; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Residents of the Parkrose and Argay neighborhoods and others in the area live around a large undeveloped piece of farm land near several schools and parks. The Rossi, Giusto and Garre Farms have been family farms in the community for a century. Now the owners, working with the City of Portland, want to explore options to create something new that will serve their community for the years to come.

The Parkrose-Argay Development Study will explore options to create a more complete and connected neighborhood on the 30-acre site at NE 122nd Avenue and NE Shaver Street. Community members are needed to help determine the future of this valuable piece of land.  

Join us for a Vision and Aspirations Workshop

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Parkrose Middle School
11800 NE Shaver Street
Portland, OR

Please join City planners, nearby neighbors, community advocates, school district families and others at this workshop to share your vision for the future of the area and your thoughts about how possible future development of the property can help achieve that vision.

Agenda

6:00 p.m. – Doors open (enjoy light snacks)
6:30 p.m. – Welcome and background presentation
7:00 p.m. – Tell us about your vision and aspirations (open house format)
8:20 p.m. – Wrap up
8:30 p.m. – Adjourn

The workshop will be an open house format after 7:00 PM, so please feel free to drop in at your convenience if you cannot attend for the entire meeting. Hope to see you there!

For more information about the Parkrose-Argay Development Study, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/77843 or contact Barry Manning, project manager at barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7965.