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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: 
Contact: Barry Manning, project manager,, 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.


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: or contact Barry Manning, project manager at or 503-823-7965.