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Multnomah County Fire Departments/Districts Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban - 05/17/19

The Multnomah County Fire Defense Board has lifted its outdoor burn ban effective today, Friday, May 17, 2019, for ALL of Multnomah County, including Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and the unincorporated areas in Multnomah County Fire District 10, Corbett Fire District 14, and Sauvie Island Fire District 30.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. – Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County.  The burn ban has been lifted due to the recent rainfall and moderate temperatures, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover. 

Recreational campfires, fire pits, and agricultural burning is now permitted on DEQ approved burn days.  Yard debris and open burning is still permitted, depending on local limitations. The usual end date for this is on or around June 15, weather permitting. 

Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:

  • 503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
  • 503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14 
  • 503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
  • 503-823-3700 for general Information for Portland Fire & Rescue

Residents should exercise caution when using charcoal briquettes, camp fires and fire pits.  Please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container, away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.
 
Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles. Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

View of Rockwood Rising development courtesy of YBA Architects
View of Rockwood Rising development courtesy of YBA Architects
Rockwood Rising ascends as construction begins on Gresham's largest urban renewal project (Photo) - 05/14/19

GRESHAM, Ore. – Construction began Monday, May 13 on Rockwood Rising, a transformative urban renewal development that, when complete, will provide job training, entrepreneurship opportunities, housing, a public market, and a central plaza for festivals and events.

“Rockwood Rising is more than just a few new buildings joining our cityscape. It’s the idea that a community can come together and make something special happen for the benefit of everyone. It’s the result of thoughtful community engagement and dedicated community partners who will help create economic empowerment for residents of Rockwood. I can’t wait to see children playing on the plaza, neighbors connecting over healthy and diverse food choices, and local businesses thriving,” said Josh Fuhrer, Executive Director of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission.

Located in the heart of Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood, steps away from the MAX light rail, the 5.5-acre vacant site was purchased by the Gresham Development Commission in 2005 with funds from Gresham’s urban renewal district. The City spent three years from 2014-2016 soliciting thoughtful ideas and feedback from residents in this neighborhood, which is one of the youngest and most diverse in the region.

Those community conversations directly informed the project design as well as the services and amenities that will be offered. When construction is complete, the site will house four buildings and a community plaza, as follows:

  1. Innovation hub: Classes in digital literacy and coding, assistance finding and applying for jobs and small business support services.
  2. Apprenticeship hub: Construction and manufacturing apprenticeship programs.
  3. Mixed-use village: More than 100 new mixed-income workforce housing units (including affordable units), locally owned small businesses, child care, community bank and employment services.
  4. Market hall: International grocery marketplace, public commissary kitchen for food entrepreneurs, as well as small business and pop-up stand opportunities.
  5. Community plaza: Three new play structures, public splash pad, and gathering space for concerts, farmers’ markets and cultural celebrations.

Anchor tenants include MetroEast Community Media, WorkSource Oregon, Oregon Tradeswomen, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC), Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO). Tenant opportunities are still available for emerging and established businesses, specialized grocery stores, local small businesses and pop-up shops. Visit www.rockwoodrising.com for details.

RKm Development will develop the project. LMC Construction began work on Monday, May 13, starting with the innovation hub and renovation of the existing Rockwood Community Office to serve as an apprenticeship center. Construction is estimated to finish in 2021.

“Opportunities as transformative as Rockwood Rising don’t come along very often,” said Roy Kim, owner, RKm Development. “I’m excited to create opportunities for this neighborhood and to shape the story of this evolving, active and vibrant part of Gresham.”

The Gresham Redevelopment Commission and MetroEast Community Media will host a groundbreaking celebration on June 12 from 3-5 p.m. at the corner of E. Burnside St. and SE 187th Ave. Mayor Shane Bemis and other key partners will briefly speak at 3 p.m., followed by a ceremonial shovel turn. A celebration will be held from 4-5 p.m. at the MetroEast DIY Studio across the street at 484 SE 187th Ave.

Media are welcome. Additional site renderings available upon request.

Council Listening Session seeks community input on homelessness - 05/09/19

GRESHAM, Ore. – Gresham City Council invites the community to share their thoughts on the complex regional issue of homelessness. Everyone is welcome on Thursday, May 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the SALT Academy, 333 N. Main Ave.

The event is hosted by City Council President Jerry Hinton; Councilors Eddy Morales and Mario Palmero. While most of the meeting will be devoted to an open forum where community members may share their opinions, questions and ideas, the Councilors will briefly share progress that Gresham has made in addressing homelessness. Notable progress includes:

  • 94 chronically homeless connected to housing and off the streets since October 2018.
  • 6,402 bags of trash collected from public spaces in 2018 through Central City Concern (CCC) Clean Start program, which provides paid mentored work experience for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
  • 300+ homeless camps cleaned up along the Springwater Trail and other areas in 2018.

At the Listening Session, free light refreshments will be available. Children are welcome, and free childcare will be offered. Translation services are available: request in advance by May 14 to Alex Logue at Alex.Logue@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-3214.

Council Listening Sessions will be held quarterly in 2019; future sessions will address housing and emergency preparedness. More information at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Council-Listening-Sessions.

Gresham Farmers' Market celebrates season opening - 04/29/19

GRESHAM, Ore. – The wait is over—the Gresham Farmers’ Market 2019 season opens on May 4 at the Center for the Arts Plaza in historic downtown Gresham. Enjoy fresh, local produce, fruit, flowers and more from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on NE 3rd Street and NW Hood Avenue.

The Robbie Laws Band will play a free concert from 10 a.m.-noon. Having played with guitar legends from Albert Collins to Ronnie Earl, Robbie is an internationally recognized blues guitar master who has thrilled audiences for more than 15 years with his critically acclaimed “jaw-dropping amazing” guitar work and soulful voice.

In addition to produce, fruit and flowers, the Gresham Farmers’ Market features handcrafted food items and baked goods, wine, artisan crafts and fresh food, all in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Come to the Market and stay to enjoy the beautiful Arts Plaza park, and the eclectic shops and eateries in charming downtown Gresham.

For more information: www.greshamfarmersmarket.com.