Alta Civic Station development breaks ground
A once empty lot in one of Gresham's major commercial centers was the site for a ground breaking of a future development that will bring more housing and businesses into the Civic Neighborhood.
A group gathered Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, for a ceremony kicking off construction on the Alta Civic Station development.
"Thousands of decisions went into the planning process for this development," said Gresham City Council President Jerry Hinton. "This is the first project in the Civic Neighborhood in a decade."
Located next to the Civic Drive MAX station, at the corner of Northwest Civic Drive and Northwest 15th Street, the project will have a large public plaza surrounded by retail and restaurant space; eight buildings with 318 residential units; surface parking; and approximately 12,000 square feet of commercial space.
The plaza will be open to the public and will feature a designated children's play area, outdoor dining, seating and a flexible recreation space.
Developers said it will be complete in 2021.
"Alta Civic Station will play a key role in more people living, working and shopping in the Civic Neighborhood, particularly thanks to its location right next to the MAX line," said Shirley Craddick, Metro Regional Government councilor. "I am excited to see all these great developments coming to Gresham."
The project is the culmination of efforts by the city, Metro, and the development team from Wood Partners — a national developer. Metro, which sold the land for the project, originally acquired the site in 2002. Metro and the city of Gresham are also collaborating on a separate project on the south side of the MAX station, which will include a mix of market rate and workforce housing.
"We're looking forward to being part of the neighborhood," said Michael Nagy, managing director at Wood Partners.
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