Rockwood 10 / South Rockwood Park, Gresham, Oregon

COMMUNITY

Goal: Create a world class site plan and model workforce housing community that includes a privately funded public park with robust programming to provide services, social engagement, and economic mobility opportunities to residents and the community at large.

Rockwood 10 is a 5 building workforce housing project located in the heart of the Rockwood neighborhood in Gresham, Oregon. As the diverse Rockwood population continues to increase, the supply of high quality and attainable housing becomes even more scarce. While Rockwood 10 will be the largest new housing community in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham with its 224 units, Rockwood 10 is still just a small reprieve to this housing crisis.  This project is designed to not only meet the needs of the general workforce community, but also of the population demographic that tens to be larger families. This site includes five, 4-story buildings, plus a stand-alone community building.  All units are a mix of 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4- bedrooms. 64% of the units for this project are comprised of larger units: 2-, 3- and 4 bedrooms to meet the needs of larger family sizes. To promote health, education, and social activities, the community building includes a large gathering space with full kitchen for events and social interaction; a business/computer room; and study/conference rooms of varying capacity to suit many needs. To foster outdoor activities, the project provides flexible outdoor spaces that include an outdoor playfield, meandering walking paths, picnic areas, playground area, and large community garden area. Pedestrian paths that can be used as an exercise track provide connection between the Rockwood 10 community and the adjacent school and other local amenities.  A new street the bisects the property will provide residents with direct access to public transportation, major retail and services along the major arterials. To complete this community, CDP partnered with Hacienda CDC, the largest culturally specific, Latino-led organization in Oregon, as a Co -Developer and Co-General Partner to own and operate the property together with CDP and to provide its invaluable resident services programming.

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DEVELOPMENT

Rockwood 10 site was originally a private fallow piece of land that was landlocked and not accessible by the public.  Through CDP’s work with the Center For Public Interest Design, the team realized that public recreation and gathering spaces, especially those that are culturally and socio-economically relevant, was severely lacking in the immediate vicinity. The design team acknowledged the importance of filling this gap by designing the site around an existing grove of old Doug Fir trees and around a new public park.  Through numerous neighborhood and stakeholder meetings as well as dozens of individual and small group conversations the design concept was created.

Opportunities
Large site and project scale to provide significant public benefit to surrounding community
Community that has a severe need for high quality affordable workforce housing
Best of class site planning and design team
Critical site in the middle of Rockwood that can provide connectivity between Vance Park and Rockwood Rising/public transportation

Constraints

Data:
Number of Units: 224
Lot Size: 7.4 acres
Density: 30.4units/acre
Unit Size: 600-1,300 ft2
Unit Mix: 48 1BD/1BA, 61 2BD/1BA, 95 3BD/2BA, 20 4BD/2BA
Parking Spaces: 224
Affordability: 60% AMI
Financing: 4% LIHTC and Tax Exempt Bonds
Sustainability: OHCS Multifamily Energy Program
Architect: Waechter Architecture
Contractor: LMC Construction
Property Management: Guardian
Non-Profit Partner: Hacienda CDC



PARTNERS

CDP is proud to partner with these organizations that are critical team members alongside CDP who share our mission of enhancing the quality of life for the communities in which we work.

Hacienda CDC

Hacienda is the largest culturally specific, Latino-led and Latino-serving organization and remain a trusted name in the Latino population. Hacienda is a highly experienced Latino community development corporation that strengthens families by providing housing and home-ownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. It has learned that combining a stable home with access to education, job and business creation, and financial empowerment can create long-lasting, positive changes in a family’s trajectory. It has developed and maintained over 400 units of affordable housing. As an organization formed by Latino leaders, they design their services with the needs of the multi-cultural community in mind. Their resources will be invaluable to this project.

Center For Public Interest Design (CPID)

The Center for Public Interest Design is a research [+action] center at Portland State University that aims to investigate, promote, and engage in inclusive design practices that address the growing needs of underserved communities worldwide.  Through research and design, fieldwork, and public outreach, CPID promotes a mode of practice that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all.

From a practical standpoint, CDP and Hacienda engaged CPID to lead the asset-based development outreach and research in Rockwood.  This research identifies existing resident-serving assets that are in the surrounding community as well as identifying needs that are not being met by those existing assets.  The process involves utilizing PSU Master of Architecture studio students and CPID fellows and staff for on the ground outreach and interpretation of findings into a conclusive report.  The entire process produces an in depth understanding of the community's assets and needs that can then be utilized to inform the concept and design of the project, as was the case in Rockwood.  The end result is a project that has been thoughtfully concepted and that provides the greatest benefit to the community.