Senior living home settles in Rockwood
Builders have hammered out plans for a two-story senior living facility in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.
The 52-bed group home will be sited on an 0.88-acre lot on the corner of Southeast Stark Street and 197th Avenue.
The structure — dubbed Alliance Senior Living in city documents — will offer ground-floor memory care services and less intensive residential care on top.
"Most of the residents in there will be living in there because of needing help with all of their daily needs," testified Edward Radulescu, the lead designer on the project.
"On the ground floor, there will be dementia patients and Alzheimer's (patients)," he noted during a meeting of the Gresham Design Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Residents will be bedding down in separate rooms with about 150 to 190 square feet of living space, plus a private half bath, blueprints show. Showering areas will be shared. Other amenities include activity and recreation rooms, a kitchen, warming kitchen and group dining rooms.
An interior courtyard will give residents more than 3,000 square feet of secure outdoor recreation space. While the frontage on Stark Street includes a small lobby, most workers are expected to enter the building via a parking lot and covered entrance off 197th Avenue.
Architects don't expect the nursing home to be overwhelmed with visitors. Just 13 parking stalls are planned, with eight designated for staff and five for visitors.
The land was purchased for $190,000 by Empire Building Company in 2012, according to state property tax records. A single family home on the west side of the property has already been demolished.
Planners hope most of the workforce will ride the MAX to work, hopping off at the Ruby Junction platform, which is about four minutes away by foot. There's also room for cars on 197th Avenue during peak hours, according to a traffic study.
Catherine Nicewood, president of the Rockwood Neighborhood Association, told commissioners she wants to see more protections for workers who need to cross Stark Street to reach transit.
"Stark is a very busy street and people don't normally drive 35, which is the speed limit," she said at the meeting. "(They should) put a crosswalk on 197th and Stark and I didn't see that in any of the drawings."
The Gresham Design Commission approved plans for the new building unanimously.
"In general, I'm in favor of this project," commented Commissioner Camilla Cok. "It's nice. It's something different that what we have seen."