Monday, October 31, 2016

Haunted McMenamins Edgefield

McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale Oregon
Creepy...? Maybe...
But don't worry, you'll be in great company!
Especially if you meet Thursday mornings for breakfast with the West Columbia Gorge Rotary!
Weekly 7:30, behind the Black Rabbit.

 "Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels"!

In the early 1900’s this farm in Troutdale was a place the unfortunate, sick, poor, and homeless people could come to live and work for their stay. Many people died of natural causes and in random ways over the course of a half-century. So many people came and went, its hard to estimate how many people actually died on this property – but the number was larger than most other farms. The people weren’t malevolent, but just depressed and living extremely tough lives of extremely hard labor and the struggle of staying alive throughout the century. 
After the Portland-local restaurant chain McMenamins built a hotel, brewery, and venue on the property in 1990, guests have reported strange occurrences all over the land. From all the reports that the staff and owners have gathered, it seems for some reason room 215 is the most haunted by number of occurrences. The hotel even has a log by the front desk for guests to write about any paranormal activity they experience while staying there, and even the staff themselves have experienced all kinds of strange paranormal activity. 
One great thing about this haunted location is that it’s a beautiful place to visit! Great outdoor concerts in an amphitheater, freshly brewed beer and whiskey, cigar lounges, an epic hotel and swimming pool, and much much more. Sounds like a great place to hunt a ghost. For more information or to book a vacation – and why not ask for room #215? – just go to the official website at: 

Excerpts for McMenamins Ghost Logs

"Sensed a middle aged/elderly woman standing over the bed. Fought out of sleep. No one there." 
"I was doing housekeeping about a month ago and I was standing at the foot of the bed when suddenly I felt ‘something' firmly grab my ankle and not let go until I jumped away. I looked under the bed and there was nothing. Freaked me out a little." - As noted by hotel housekeeping staff 
"I felt a quick breeze and the strongest sweet scent came over me. It smelled like flowers, kind of perfume-like. . . . I lay in bed for an hour and saw shadows dancing on the walls, the ceiling and the window. Spirits were flying around the room - it was a great encounter." 
"A a woman informed us at check-out that she awoke to someone standing over her. That afternoon housekeeping reentered the room after cleaning it to find pillows tossed about. Then we had [another guest feel a] tap-tap on her chest in the middle of the night." 
"I was taking a shower then all of a sudden I felt a hand grab my butt. I screamed and grabbed my towel to dry off and get my clothes on. Right as I spotted my shirt, it flew up in the air!" -- (We, uh, apologize for that one... we'll have the manager speak to the ghost in question.)

Karen Schaaf ACP, GRI
RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group

Licensed in Oregon

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rebranding Manufacturing

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker listens as Chris Holden of KCR shows off a red drip tank, used in fighting forest fires, which was welded at KCR, as well as some castings. The event at the Center for Advanced Leaning in Gresham was deisgned to show off the new image of American manufacuring as clean, intelligent, high-skilled and well-paid.
More people are retiring from manufacturing positrons than are being trained for replacement. The Manufacturing Day Event was brought to East County three years ago when Aaron Bouchane of Impact Northwest approached Carol Egan, Director of the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) and Chris Holden of KCR Manufacturing to improved economic opportunity and the ability of manufacturers to have local access to talent.

Zac Clayville woke up at 2:45 in the morning. By 5 p.m., he was onstage with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

But other than that, Thursday, Oct. 6 was just another normal day.
The Franklin High graduate works as a tool room attendant for Vigor Industrial’s Portland shipyard. He spent most of the day “pumping water out of a box and then heating it up,” as he phrased it, helping to construct a liquid cargo barge.
Clayville was invited to the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) charter school in Gresham for National Manufacturing Day. The celebration is part of a federal initiative to change the public’s perception that manufacturing jobs are dirty, deadly and dangerously underpaid.

“Everyone pictures a textbook greasy worker standing at an assembly line,” said Bryce Bakke, who was named CAL’s machine tool technology valedictorian in 2015.

“(In reality) 90 percent of the equipment you’re working on is extremely clean, extremely well lit — and you’re getting extremely well paid,” said Bakke, who works for fire-fighting equipment maker KCR Manufacturing.

Well, maybe for some.
When he started as an intern, Clayville said he was making $15.01 an hour. After he joined the union shop full time, he was bumped up to $19.83.
“We really are the dirty, greasy guys,” he said. “I learn with my hands. I learn by touching and doing… it’s a different environment.”
When Clayville started at Vigor, the shipyard employed about 700 people, who spent most of their time doing “rework,” fixing for the third or fourth time jobs that should have been done right once.
The company purged its less-skilled workers, and now employs about 248 welders and shipbuilders.
Then another company reneged on an inked contract, and most of the laborers thought everyone would be laid off for lack of work. Instead, the company is re-certifying to build bridges in the U.S. and Canada.
Clayville is 19 and has a child on the way. He thinks he’s making good money for a teenager, and knows he can earn even more once he’s an accredited welder.
“I thought I would be making minimum wage,” he said. “I was like, ‘Why bother?’”
Clayville will find out the baby’s gender in a month. He’s thinking Stanley would suit a boy, and maybe Evelyn if it’s a girl.

Makers Gone Pro

Back at CAL, it’s all smiles for the rest of the Makers Gone Pro showcase.
The 526 students from Centennial, Reynolds and Gresham-Barlow spend about half the school day at CAL, segmented into different programs for mechanical engineering and manufacturing, digital media and design and health sciences for medical and dental.
There’s also the Change Lab, which teaches budding entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses.
Classes are 80 to 90 minutes long, and teach the skills employers actually want, according to school director Carol Egan.
“The students that apply (here) are like the outliers of East County,” Egan said. “CAL kids know how to leave a good phone message.”
Manning one of the stations that Pritzker visited was Dylan Dement, a Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welder at KCR.

"I was in Pathways to Manufacturing program and got exposure to a lot of small firms in the area," Dement told the Business Tribune. "I did an internship and then contacted Chris the KCR owner and got a job there. The ties to Impact helped.”

Dement's day is usually 8 am to 4.30pm, 40 hours a week and he gets $12.50 an hour. Most of his work peers – many from Centennial – get paid the same. The lead designer gets more. He hopes to get into X-ray quality welding for beer tanks and food grade kettles. X-rays check for air pockets, which should not be in a high quality weld.
“With TIG welding you can weld any metal," said the 20-year-old in his A Day To Remember T-shirt. "You’re using three limbs at a time, you have your foot for the gas, your torch with the electrode, and your filler metal in your left hand.”
Dement, 20, likes his work. He has one friend in landscaping, but a lot of his friends went into manufacturing. They were self-declared "shop kids."
“We were not quite math, not quite science. I feel like shop kids are their own kind of thing. My first car was a 1966 Mustang, I worked on that in shop,” he says with some pride.
He's not worried about ever losing his job to a robot.
“I started welding in my sophomore year in Centennial high school, four years ago. TIG welding is too precise to be robotic. Usually it takes more skill than a robot has."

Manufacturing has an outsized impact on the Oregon economy.

About a quarter of Oregon’s GDP is generated by manufacturing and heavy industry, compared to 12 percent nationally, according to the nonprofit Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that the nation will create 2.2 million new manufacturing jobs between now and 2024. About 30,000 of those jobs will be in the Portland area, though some of the positions will be created by retiring workers, not growth and expansion.
“We’re not going to put technology back in a box, as the president would say,” Secretary Pritzker explained in an interview. “We’re not going to go back to when everything was handmade, so what we need to do is make sure our young people… have the opportunity to have the right type of skills to participate.”

Zane Sparling, with additional reporting by Joseph Gallivan
Karen Schaaf ACP, GRI
RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Community Plans Vision for the "Halsey Street Corridor"

This should be a very interesting exercise! Don't miss the chance to share your dreams to re-shape the Halsey Street Corridor through the Cities of Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale! Think family, splash pads, gathering areas, tree-lined walkways, fountains, art!

 Mark up maps. There’s potential for a lot of development.

Want to help shape the future of the Halsey Corridor?
The cities of Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale need your input as they work together to reimagine Halsey Street from 205th Avenue to the Sandy River.
A community workshop is planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 N.E. Arata Road. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
After a short presentation of the work done so far, city staff will break out game-show buzzers and conduct anonymous instant polling to gauge residents’ visions for the thoroughfare.
Guests also will mark up maps to show regional planners where they want new safety improvements, infrastructure and different land uses.
“It’s kind of like Sim City,” explains Scott Fregonese, the lead consultant for the project, referring to a popular, city-designing video game. “Hasely is a pretty low-traffic street. There’s potential for a lot of development.”
Fregonese says the proposal foresees traditional Main Streets on Halsey in Wood Village and Fairview, as well as potentially developing a fourth “node” somewhere in Troutdale.
McMenamins has purchased the fields across the street from its Edgefield location, and could be a key stakeholder for the project.
“These are long-term plans,” Fregonese says. “(These areas) may not be as established, but if we get a seed planted, it could really change the face of Halsey.”
For further information on the community workshop, or to learn more about the Halsey Corridor economic development plan, visit  

This is an excellent time to invest in East County! Contact me for opportunities!

Karen Schaaf ACP, GRI
RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Portland’s Der Rheinlander to close after 53 years

“This decision didn’t happen overnight; we’ve been discussing it for a long time,”

 “I have bittersweet feelings about it,"

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A German restaurant that has been in Portland for 53 years will be closing its doors sometime in the first quarter of 2017. 
Der Rheinlander, owned by Guten Foods, announced on Tuesday it sold the building that houses the 50-year-old restaurant to Venerable Properties. The sale closes on Friday (9/30/16) 
Employees will have the opportunity to stay on at the restaurant until it closes, and then they will be offered raises and positions at other Guten Foods restaurants. 
“This decision didn’t happen overnight; we’ve been discussing it for a long time,” Guten Foods CEO Suzeanne Mager said. “I have bittersweet feelings about it, of course. But I feel it’s the right thing to do, especially considering today’s Portland food scene. It has been evolving, and so must we.” 
Mager said for every entrée sold from Friday until the restaurant closes, Portland-based food service training company New City Kitchen will receive $0.25. New City provides training and job placement in the food service industry for individuals getting back on their feet. It’s the company’s attempt at ending homelessness. 
Der Rheinlander was founded in 1963 by Portland’s original celebrity chef, Horst Mager. The chef appeared on KOIN 6 in the 1970s doing a weekly cooking segment. In the 1990s, Suzeanne Mager, Horst Mager’s daughter, purchased the business, keeping it in the family.

Venerable Properties negotiates Der Rheinlander property for The Portland Clinic

A location long favored for spätzle, schnitzel and sauerkraut will soon be frequented for major medical services instead 
The 53-year-old Der Rheinlander restaurant will be closing its doors in the first quarter of 2017, and is slated to be replaced by a new building for The Portland Clinic at 5035 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in the Rose City Park neighborhood. 
The Portland-based developer, Venerable Properties, is led by president/broker Craig Kelly. Venerable Properties recently redeveloped Washington High School, Revolution 

 Venerable Properties intends to build a new Portland landmark to replace the iconic Der Rheinlander, keeping the space true to Portland.

Hall, the White Stag University of Oregon building and the Ladd Carriage House.
With this experience, Venerable Properties intends to build a new Portland landmark to replace the iconic Der Rheinlander, keeping the space true to Portland. 
“We were looking for opportunities in the market and Der Rheinlander got our attention because it’s a great location and a pretty large site where we could do something of capacity,” Kelly told the Business Tribune. “It’s a sizeable enough site to do something meaningful and make a good market statement.” 
The building will be a total of 32,000 square feet, with 24,000 already signed over in a long-term lease to The Portland Clinic’s new healthcare center. The remaining 8,000 square feet is planned to be offices or retail for other tenants. 
“We’re very happy to have acquired the site and we’re excited about building a high-quality project there that will stand the test of time,” Kelly said. “People will say many years from now in the future, ‘wow, that’s a nice looking building,’ and ‘what a nice project.’” 
“We’re thrilled to have The Portland Clinic as the anchor tenant, and are looking forward to being a good community neighbor for a long time there,” Kelly said. 
Sera Architects are contracted to design the building, and Colorado-based Schommer Construction will be building it beginning in Spring 2017 with a completion date of June 2018. 

The Portland Clinic

Established in 1921, The Portland Clinic has six locations in the metro area and more than 90,000 annual patients. The new location will become home to staff and patients from the two smaller locations along Northeast 20th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard and along Northeast 112nd Avenue and Airport Way. 
Dick Clark, CEO of The Portland Clinic, said it’s seeing demand for medical services grow throughout the city as Portland’s population expands. 
“We want to position our services in convenient locations to serve current and new residents,” Clark said. “We constantly monitor the landscape of Portland and adjust where our doctors and nurses practice based on these needs.
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Karen Schaaf ACP, GRI
RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon

Monday, October 24, 2016

1,800 Portland Buildings Could Be Slated for Upgrades

The question "bricker" owners are asking all over Portland...

"If something is required, does it pencil out to retrofit it, or do I tear it down and build a high-rise?”

The proposed draft developed by the Portland URM Seismic Retrofit Project would require 1,800 unreinforced masonry buildings (URMs) to be systematically updated over a period of time, to increase safety and resiliency against a quake. The Portland Development Commission has held public forums on the matter to collect input, and the seismic committee intends to finalize the draft to bring before the city council by the end of the year.
February 2011 earthquake, New Zealand

The city has posted a database online of the nearly 1,800 buildings believed to be made of unreinforced masonry, which could be slated for upgrades if the proposal is approved. The Business Tribune took a walk around the Central Eastside Industrial District with Gemmell of Portland-based Earthquake Tech to eyeball the procedures and costs of the seismic upgrades that could soon be required. 
Gemmell said the masonry buildings could be made from concrete blocks, bricks, clay blocks or a combination of those, and could be covered in stucco. 
“When you see stucco, you start to wonder if it’s block,” Gemmell said. “The weakness with anything unreinforced is, nothing is going to keep it, from going (down).” 
According to the city, breaking parapets and detaching walls are the main vulnerabilities of unreinforced masonry buildings.
Earthquake Tech
Where: 210 S.E. Madison, Ste. #1
Phone: 503 282-4424

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RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lease size JUMPS by 4,000 SF in Portland’s office market. Thanks, economy!

Central Eastside Office Building 811 SE Stark

Do you remember the days when nothing seemed to be happening in the Greater Portland area? Seems EVERYONE wants to do business here now!

In 2012, office lease in the Portland market was 6,908 square feet; through the end of August 2016, the average office lease had jumped to 10,894 square feet.

According to a second-quarter report from JLL, on average, office tenants have been leasing larger and larger spaces every year over the past five years. In 2012, for example, the average office lease in the Portland market was 6,908 square feet; through the end of August this year, the average office lease had jumped to 10,894 square feet.
“We are overall seeing bigger tenants and bigger blocks of space being leased,” said Eric Haskins, managing director for JLL’s Portland office. 

Thanks, economy

What’s driving the increase in space is a revved-up economy. During the depths of the recession in 2009, the average office lease was 6,967 square feet. But as economic conditions bounced back and hiring picked up, a wide range of businesses found themselves needing more space.

“The job growth during the past few years has obviously fueled it,” Haskins said. “A lot of local companies are maturing and getting to the point where they are able to really put the pedal to the metal on job growth.”

Portland Central Eastside District

Earlier this year, online bank Simple moved into its new headquarters office in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The new space, about 62,000 square feet in the newly built Clay Creative Building, is nearly double what Simple had been leasing before. 
Not even three months later, Simple signed on for another 50,000 square feet in an under-construction building just across the street.

All that new space, according to Amy Dunn, a communications specialist with Simple, will help the company better support its rapidly growing customer base, which grew more than 40 percent in the first half of the year.

“Supporting more customers means hiring more people, which is why we’ve snapped up the neighboring space,” Dunn said at the time.

While the new and larger space will help Simple accommodate its growth — another 150 employees could be added to the 330 in the first building and there’s room for another 400 in the second building — it’s also a sign of the larger leasing times.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gresham Station Shopping Center Sells for $87 Million

Ohio-based REIT DDR Corp. has purhcased the Gresham Station Shopping Center for $87 million
If you live in East County, chances are you have shopped at Gresham Station. Do you think the new owners will make any changes to the mall?

SOLD: 296,000-square-foot Gresham Station Shopping Center to the Ohio-based real estate investment trust DDRCorp

It's been a busy run for metro region retail centers over the past six weeks or so. First, Gramor Development sold its Progress Ridge TownSquare for $101 millionlast month, then its Timberland Town Center last week for $43 million. 
Now, Westlake Realty Group Inc. has sold the 296,000-square-foot Gresham Station Shopping Center to the Ohio-based real estate investment trust DDRCorp. The reported sale price was $87 million. 
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler represented the seller in the deal, which also included a 45,000-square-foot, single-tenant, triple-net-leased LA Fitness north of the center. The center itself, located at 649 N.W. 12th St., includes such retailers asBest Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy and Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. It's also got nearly 12,300 square feet of office space. 
“With a stellar lineup of investment-grade tenants and excellent curb appeal, Gresham Station is positioned as the dominant shopping destination in east Multnomah County," said Nick Kassab, who led the HFF investment team, in a release. "(It) is another example of institutional commitment to Portland’s rapidly emerging east side. Given the dearth of retail offerings of institutional scale available in Portland, the asset received a high amount of attention, as opportunities for investors to grow their Pacific Northwest retail allocations are few and far between. 
Among its nearly 350 properties, DDR also owns the Tanasbourne Town Center on Portland's west side and the Orchards Market Center in Vancouver. 
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Lackman Commercial Group
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vine Maple, Affordable-Housing Project, Breaks Ground at SE 146th Ave & E Burnside

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Portland Habilitation Center Northwest board members break ground at the group's new affordable housing project in East Portland.

Vine Maple will offer 154 new apartments, including two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units. Features include quartz countertops and Energy Star-certified appliances, a community center, mini-soccer field and playground. 

Ground was broken on the Portland Habilitation Center Northwest (PHC) facility on Friday morning, Sept. 30

“We have been working alongside Reynolds School District to find people within the community to fill the units"

The open field of dirt at Southeast 146th Avenue and East Burnside is still a little soggy from the early morning dew. In a year the site will be unrecognizable, home to the latest affordable housing development in Multnomah County. 
Ground was broken on the Portland Habilitation Center Northwest (PHC) facility on Friday morning, Sept. 30, beginning construction on a project expected to provide homes for more than 150 tenants. It is the center’s largest effort to date 
“This groundbreaking is something we are really excited about,” said Alysa Rose, president and chief executive officer of PHC. “Our mission is to help people overcome barriers.” 

 154 new apartments, including two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units.

The housing complex, to be called Vine Maple, comes at an opportune time, as a lack of viable affordable housing is increasingly common in Multnomah County. The development will offer 154 new apartments, including two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units. They will have features including quartz countertops and Energy Star-certified appliances, considered better for saving energy. 
The complex also will have a community center, mini-soccer field and playground.
“We have been working alongside Reynolds School District to find people within the community to fill the units,” Rose said. 
Silco Commercial Construction, Inc. and Wells Fargo have both partnered with PHC to help everything come together. 
“We are all thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Karen Vineyard, regional vice president of Wells Fargo. “We all live and work in this community, so this is very important to us.” 
This is PHC’s fifth affordable housing project in collaboration with Home First Development. The complex will open in the fall of 2017. The total cost of the project is expected to be $13.1 million, which would make the average cost less than $85,000 per door. 
Three years ago PHC leadership made a commitment to bring 500 units of affordable, quality housing to East Portland. This project helps bring them closer to achieving that goal, as do two more buildings coming to the region in the near future.
PHC initially began investing in housing in 1999 to provide affordable homes for its employees. The addition of the new complex will bring the total number of Portland- and The Dalles-area units to 778.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lake Oswego’s WIZARD BLOCK Development is making good progress since breaking ground 11 months ago

As of September 30, 2016 concrete work for two of three buildings are now “topped out,” on the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego. Now the other numerous elements of construction will begin transforming the concrete slabs into apartments and retail space.

As the green prefabricated wall panels are being installed on the fourth floors of the mixed-use development along both A Avenue and First Street, work continues on the third Wizer Block building, which is taking shape along Second Street.

Developer Patrick Kessi says the project remains on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017. 
When it is completed, the mixed-use development will include 200 residential units, almost 43,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be for public parking. Kessi says that a waiting list for the apartments now contains more than 300 names. 
Since construction began in earnest last fall, The Review has been using drone photography to produce a visual record of the Wizer Block’s transformation from 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use development with homes, offices and shops. The latest images were taken Sept. 28.\ 
The Review will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the project’s progress. Watch for the images on, and in the pages of the newspaper.

Project Background/Summary

The redevelopment of Block 137, often referred to as the Wizer block, has been a high priority project for the LORA Board for a number of years. The project is included in the East End Redevelopment Plan as Project J, and as such, it is eligible for financial assistance using urban renewal funds. In early 2013, property owner Gene Wizer and his developer, Evergreen Group LLC, approached LORA for financial support for a new mixed-use development on the site. At the Board’s May meeting, Evergreen Group Principal Pat Kessi, presented a concept plan for redeveloping Block 137 that included new residential and retail development consistent with Project J in the East End Plan. Based on the proposal, the Board directed staff to negotiate a draft development agreement for the Board’s consideration.

Project Description 

This private development will provide a mix of uses in three separate buildings including 200 residential units, and 42,891 square feet of commercial space. A new parking garage will include parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be public parking. The City will enter into a parking management agreement with the developer to ensure the public parking is operated and managed for the benefit of the community and the retail tenants. The project also includes an east-west public walkway between First and Second streets.

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Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon

Thursday, October 6, 2016

LLoyd Center ICE Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nov 17, 2016 9am- 11am

Courtesy Lloyd Center. Artist rendering of how the remodeled ice rink will look.

Part of the $50 million redevelopment plan for Lloyd Center includes reshaping the ice rink from rectangular to a smaller-sized ellipse shape. Great news for those, like me, who heard the ice rink was to be eliminated! Plans also include a nearby 689 unit apartment project with 1,2000 bike parking spaces. That's alot more people to enjoy shopping, skating and other offerings at the "new" Lloyd Center!

Lloyd Center Gets a Brand New Look!

In 2014, Cypress Equities, the management company for Lloyd Center, announced its plans for updating the interior and exterior of the historic shopping center at the heart of the acclaimed Lloyd District adjacent to downtown Portland. After two years of planning, construction and hard work, the Lloyd Center remodel is close to completion.

Ice Rink

The famous Lloyd Center Ice Rink has been reconfigured and upgraded. The rink is now a more traditional oval design and has been shifted to the east, becoming the central attraction of the newly revamped Center Court. The rink is visible from all three levels where balconies overlook from three concentric oval cut-outs in the floor plan. The existing chalet has been reworked, too. The original ice-making equipment related to the rink dated back to the opening of the mall and has been upgraded to new, energy-efficient technology for optimal efficiency.

Now that construction on the rink is coming to a close, it’s time to look forward. The rink is going to officially open to the public on November 17, 2016, just in time for the holidays. In celebration of this momentous day, there will be an official ribbon cutting to unveil Lloyd Center’s beautiful new rink. Lloyd Center management has also arranged for a 50 foot Christmas tree to be placed in the middle of the ice rink for the holidays, as well as magical indoor snowfall to make this year’s holidays truly memorable.

 Brand New Entrance

Along with Lloyd Center’s new rink, a brand new entrance is in the process of being added. This new pedestrian entrance will be on NE Multnomah Street adjacent to Macy’s. Most of the demolition work is complete, but the new entrance will not be finished until spring of 2017. Once the entrance is fully installed, the pedestrian plaza approaching the new main entrance will be infused with lush landscaping treatments, bright lighting, ample sidewalk café-style seating and vibrant storefront displays. Once inside the new entrance, shoppers will be greeted by a grand spiral staircase spanning all three levels of the shopping center, reminiscent of the original spiral staircase from 1960. 

Updated Interior Design

Aside from the major portions of the remodel, customers will notice an updated interior design. Lloyd Center’s tile and carpet are brand new, creating a more modern feel. The columns have been uncovered to reveal the original marble that has been hidden for nearly 30 years. These columns are design elements from mid-century American architecture, and after polishing and sealing them, they look brand new! The mall will also receive updated furnishings in early 2017 to complete the look.
This process was a huge undertaking, but it has drastically improved the mall. It’s been a year full of excitement and change, and we are thrilled for everyone to visit and see Lloyd Center’s makeover!

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Karen Schaaf ACP, GRI
RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sherwood- Assited Living, Retail Complex, Hotel- To be Built on Former Mobile Home Park

Location for proposed a three-story, 144,000-square-foot assisted living facility along with an adjacent three-story hotel in an area off of Highway 99W at Edy Road.

Combining lodging with assisted living or active retirement living is a super idea for reducing some of the risk of unfilled rooms due to seasonality!

Developer unveils plans for assisted living, retail complex and hotel

After never having a place for out-of-town guests to stay, Sherwood is on the verge of having two hotels locate within city limits. 
And they would be within a mile of one another. 
About 25 people packed into a meeting room at the Sherwood Center for the Arts Sept. 12 to hear plans to build a three-story, 144,000-square-foot assisted living facility along with an adjacent three-story hotel in an area off of Highway 99W at Edy Road. 
A Deacon Development Group representative told attendees that the planned project would also include restaurants, a fitness facility, a bank/credit union and an urgent care facility. The project would be south and west of the current Providence Medical Group facility. 
Ryan Schera, a real estate development manager for Deacon, said the planned projects would be built in part, on a former mobile home park. 
Schera said Rembold Properties of Portland plans to build the assisted living facility in back of Providence Medical Group building where it would also butt up to Edy Road and Madeira Terrace. 
Kali Bader, vice president for Rembold, said a 135-unit assisted care living facility, consisting of 107 assisted care units and 28 memory care units, would be constructed.
“Our goal is to start construction in June of next year,” said Bader. 
Rembold also developed the recently completed assisted living facility, The Ackerly at Timberland, off of Barnes Road, as well as Russellville Park on Southeast 103rd Avenue in Portland. 
Both of those facilities are run by LeisureCare, the company that would also run the planned Sherwood assisted living facility, said Bader. 
An assisted living facility would require a conditional-use permit. 
Meanwhile, Schera said among possible tenants for Deacon Development Group’s retail space, which would be accessed off of Highway 99W through a new turning lane, would be a casual family, brew-pub-type restaurant similar to the Ram Restaurant and Brewery. However, he said it was not a Ram facility.

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RE/MAX equity group
Lackman Commercial Group
Licensed in Oregon