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A new 318-apartment mixed-use development will break ground in August in the Civic neighborhood

COURTESY OF YBA ARCHITECTS - Alta Civic Station will be built on a gently-sloped 7.4 acre lot and will have commercial space and a public plaza. A huge new construction project in Gresham's Civic neighborhood will break ground in a few weeks for a mixed-use development that will provide 318 new homes and commercial space.

Alta Civic Station is going up on a 7.4 acre empty lot on the west side of Northwest Civic Drive. The project is bounded by Northwest Council Drive on the northeast, Northwest Fanning Way and the MAX lines to the southwest.

COURTESY OF GOOGLE MAPS - The site to be developed is now just an empty lot. "Having this next to the light rail is very exciting," said David Bernicker, Gresham's urban design and planning director.

The new 318 market-rate apartments will include studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. There will also be some ground floor live/work townhome-style units.

Metro, the regional government, which is selling the land for the project, originally acquired the site in 2002 in anticipation of the construction of the Civic MAX station.

Only the beginning?

Alta Civic Station is just one of multiple projects that is being developed in the Civic neighborhood.

On the other side of the MAX tracks, the governments are working with developers and architects on another mixed use property. Concrete plans for this project are months off, Schmidt said.

The new owner of Gresham Station, Harsch Investments, a Portland based real-estate development firm, has been discussing investments and upgrading the busy shopping center.

The owners of the large parcel bordered by Burnside Avenue, where the Kmart was located, are having "ongoing discussions" with the city about plans for that property.

Click here to read the full story in the Gresham Outlook. RENDERINGS COURTESY OF YBA ARCHITECTS - The Wood Partners development will have restaurants and other amenities and is located conveniently next to the light rail.

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