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July 21, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · The Beatrice Morrow
Trucks deliver concrete for the first walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

Trucks deliver concrete for the first walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

Concrete walls are being poured! Concrete arrived Friday, July 21 for the first of three phases of concrete walls and columns. Two additional phases of walls and columns will be formed, reinforced, and concrete will be poured in the coming weeks with each phase lasting approximately one week.

To ensure safety and facilitate this work, street closures are to be expected during the day for the coming weeks:

  • Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

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July 11, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
Forms are placed for concrete first floor walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

Forms are placed for concrete first floor walls at the Beatrice Morrow building

We’re going up! Following completion of concrete footings, first floor columns and walls are being formed, reinforced, and concrete will be poured. This work will be completed in three phases with each phase lasting approximately one week.

During the coming weeks, some street closures are expected in order to ensure safety and facilitate this work:

  • Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd: 7/7-7/13 and 7/17
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd until 11/13

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

July 6, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
Colas Construction crews work on footings for the new Beatrice Morrow building

Colas Construction crews work on footings for the new Beatrice Morrow building

As construction progresses at The Beatrice Morrow, the health and safety of future residents as well as the larger community remain of critical importance to PCRI. Throughout construction, environmental inspections are being performed to verify the site is safe for future residents and neighbors. To this end, we are happy to report that inspections performed at the start of construction have identified less remediation required than anticipated.

Prior to construction, environmental inspections and soil samples identified one area of potentially lead-impacted soil at the site. During excavation, further tests were performed on this area of soil. Presence of lead in the surface soil was identified, although testing revealed that deeper soil was not affected. The impacted soil was removed and transported to a facility certified for disposal.

Additional environmental tests have been performed in other areas of the site to assess any potential environmental or health concerns and all tests have come back negative for possible hazards.

Footings have now been poured and the vertical construction of the building will be underway soon. As construction continues, the development team will continue to utilize our third-party environmental consultant to assess any areas of concern and perform tests to ensure the ongoing safety of the site.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE and additional environmental information can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

Aerial view of the Beatrice Morrow site, July 6, 2017

Aerial view of the Beatrice Morrow site, July 6, 2017

June 21, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · The Beatrice Morrow

B Morrow 6.20Concrete footings have been poured at The Beatrice Morrow Apartments and additional construction continues to proceed.

During the coming weeks, some street closures are expected in order to ensure safety and facilitate the this work:

  • Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd: 6/26-7/1 and 7/7-7/13
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd to enable truck access 7/3-11/13

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

June 13, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · The Beatrice Morrow

Beatrice Morrow 6.14Concrete foundation and footings are expected to be poured at The Beatrice Morrow Apartments at the end of the week beginning June 12. During this time, trenching will also be performed in NE Ivy Street for a new sanitary sewer connection. To ensure safety and facilitate the this work, NE Ivy is expected to be closed temporarily where it meets Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. beginning Wednesday, June 14.

NE Ivy Street will be closed intermittently at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. until the trenched area of the street is patched, expected to be complete Saturday, June 17 or Monday, June 19. East of the work site, Ivy Street will remain open to NE 7th Avenue. Additional intermittent closures are likely to occur in the coming weeks to ensure safety while concrete pours are performed. Earlier in the week, Pacific Power temporarily closed NE Cook Street to relocate a power pole at the construction site. Additional closures of NE Cook Street are not anticipated in the immediate future, however details of future street closures will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

Crews install concrete forms at Beatrice Morrow June 15

Crews install concrete forms at Beatrice Morrow June 15

The City of Portland is reviewing the development team’s proposed Transportation Management Plan which details any additional construction-related impacts sidewalks and streets. The development team is working with the city to ensure safety and to minimize any sidewalk closures during construction. Once approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, this information will be shared by the development team.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

June 7, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
Excavation and site work begins at the Beatrice Morrow site

Excavation and site work begins at the Beatrice Morrow site

During the final week of May, construction activity progressed at The Beatrice Morrow Apartments. Work primarily consisted of installation of the storm water drainage systems and excavation for building footings. Installation of concrete forms and additional preparation for building footings will continue in early June.

For the week of June 12, construction crews will close NE Ivy Street where it meets Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to allow for installation of the sanitary sewer connection. The street will be closed beginning Monday or Tuesday and may last through the week. Crews will re-open the road as soon as it is safe to do so. East of the work site, Ivy Street will remain open to NE 7th Avenue. Additional intermittent closures are likely to occur in the coming weeks to ensure safety while concrete pours are performed. Details of future street closures will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

The City of Portland is reviewing the development team’s proposed Transportation Management Plan which details any additional construction-related impacts sidewalks and streets. Once approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, this information will be shared by the development team.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

May 30, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

Construction activity at The Beatrice Morrow Apartments site began May 22. Although activity during the first week of construction focused primarily on mobilizing and setting up construction equipment, more significant activity is expected to be underway the week of May 29.

In the coming weeks, passers by and neighbors can anticipate to see increased activity as crews clear the site, begin to install underground utilities, and prepare for foundation and other concrete work. By mid-June, construction crews anticipate beginning concrete work. During this time, construction crews may intermittently close NE Ivy Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. over the course of a three-week period to accommodate equipment and safely facilitate concrete pours. East of the work site, Ivy Street will remain open to NE 7th Avenue.

The development team is preparing a Transportation Management Plan to confirm details of any additional construction-related impacts sidewalks and streets. Once approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, this information will be shared by the development team.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

May 24, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, New Construction, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

2017.05.25 B MorrowConstruction activity started on the Beatrice Morrow apartments in late May 2017. The development has the honor of being the first major housing development in Portland owned, developed, designed, and built by organizations led by African Americans: PCRI as owner and developer, Carleton Hart Architects, and Colas Construction as general contractor. In addition, apartments in the completed building will be prioritized for residents previously displaced from neighborhoods that were home to the city’s greatest concentrations of African Americans.

Immediately upon closing the project’s financing, Colas Construction began to mobilize their construction equipment and crews for development of the site named to honor Portland civil rights pioneer Beatrice Morrow Cannady. The development team is confirming details of any construction-related impacts to the neighborhood and will be communicating this information out to neighbors as soon as it is available. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

“This project was an honor to close,” said Jodi Enos, Assistant Vice President and CDC Account Manager for U.S. Bank, the project’s investor. “The impact it will have in the community to fight gentrification is unparalleled. ”

The five-story building will be built along NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd between Cook and Ivy Streets. In addition to the apartments in the building’s upper floors, the ground floor will include over 6,000 square feet of commercial retail space as well as a large community room for use by the building’s residents and members of the neighborhood.

Project Partners, PCRI, and local officials joined a groundbreaking celebration for the Beatrice Morrow development

Project partners, PCRI, and local officials joined a groundbreaking celebration for the Beatrice Morrow development

“This is an important opportunity to provide access to affordable family rental housing in a neighborhood that has experienced displacement and gentrification in the past several decades,” said Ms. Fitzpatrick at a groundbreaking celebration in April 2017. “PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides.”

In addition to ensuring stability for residents, the development team has had a particular focus on creating equitable economic opportunity in the creation of the project, including partnership with Colas Construction and Carleton Hart Architects. Professional services contracted during the project’s design phase have been overwhelmingly focused on minority- and women-owned firms. In addition, Colas Construction anticipates at least 30-40% of the project’s construction will be performed by certified minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business firms.

Project partners include development consultant Gerding Edlen, U.S. Bank, Portland Housing Bureau, Oregon Housing and Community Services, Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, Home Forward, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

April 27, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, New Construction, Pathway 1000, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow
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PCRI and Mayor Wheeler celebrated groundbreaking of the Beatrice Morrow on April 7

On April 7, PCRI and Portland Housing Bureau welcomed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, city officials, nonprofit leaders, and business partners for a groundbreaking celebration. Named to honor Portland civil rights pioneer Beatrice Morrow Cannady, the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building will be the first city-funded project to use Portland Housing Bureau’s Preference Policy to prioritize rental homes for previously-displaced residents.

Following the groundbreaking celebration, Ms. Morrow Cannady’s great grandson heard news of the development and reached out to PCRI to share his enthusiasm and appreciation.
“I can’t tell you how much this means to me and my daughters! Beatrice Morrow Cannady was my great grandmother and she has been a beacon of inspiration to our family for generations,” he said. “It wasn’t until I was in medical school that I began to learn of her contributions to our people and our nation. I have her law school diploma framed and hanging in my home office next to my medical school diploma!”

PCRI Ground Breaking 040717_NH12006The five-story building will be built along NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd between Cook and Ivy Streets. It includes 80 affordable rental homes for residents displaced from North and Northeast Portland. Forty-four of the 80 apartments will have two or more bedrooms. In addition to the apartments in the building’s upper floors, the ground floor will include over 6,000 square feet of commercial retail space as well as a large community room for use by the building’s residents and members of the neighborhood. Construction is anticipated to be complete in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of the year.

“This is an important opportunity to provide access to affordable family rental housing in a neighborhood that has experienced displacement and gentrification in the past several decades,” said Ms. Fitzpatrick. “PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides.”

Of the total project budget of $25 million, the city will loan the development $7.35 million in Interstate Urban Renewal Area funds and will grant the land to the project. In September 2015, the Portland Housing Bureau selected the team led by PCRI to develop and own the project through a competitive “Request for Qualifications” process. Other team members include Gerding Edlen, development partner for the project; Colas Construction, the project’s general contractor; and Carleton Hart Architects.

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Andrew Colas, PHB Director Kurt Creager, Maxine Fitzpatrick and Commissioner Dan Saltzman at the groundbreaking

The development team has had a particular focus on creating equitable economic opportunity in the development of the project, including partnership with Colas Construction and Carleton Hart Architects, both minority-owned firms. Professional services contracted during the project’s design phase have been overwhelmingly focused on minority- and women-owned firms. In addition, Colas Construction anticipates at least 30-40% of the project’s construction will be performed by certified minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business firms.

“There was intentional gentrification and displacement of African Americans in our community,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a March 22 meeting where Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve city financing for the development. “This project… puts Portland in the unique position of being the first in the country to not only acknowledge that displacement as a result of gentrification, but it puts us in the unique position of seeking to reverse it.”

In addition to the Portland Housing Bureau, project partners include Oregon Housing and Community Services, U.S. Bank, Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, Home Forward, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

February 9, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

oex_beatrice_credit_ohsBeatrice Morrow-Cannady, a historic Portland pioneer in the fight for racial equality, will be honored by Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI).

A new affordable housing development with community-serving commercial space is being developed by PCRI in the Northeast Portland neighborhood where the civil rights pioneer lived and worked. The new building will be named “The Beatrice Morrow” to recognize her work to achieve equality for the African American community and to improve race relations in the City of Portland and State of Oregon.

“PCRI is proud to honor Ms. Morrow by naming our newest development ‘The Beatrice Morrow,’” stated Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of PCRI. “She is the basis of the opportunities available to African Americans in the State of Oregon and motivates us to continue her work to achieve equity and equality.”

The Beatrice Morrow is a housing development which will encompass 80 affordable apartments prioritized for historic residents of north and northeast Portland. In addition, the development will offer community space and community-serving commercial retail at street level. The development will be located at the former Grant Warehouse site on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between NE Cook and Ivy Streets. Construction will begin in early spring 2017, with completion anticipated in 2018.

Beatrice Cannady Taylor, age 80.

An important but often overlooked and hidden figure in the fight for racial equality in the Pacific Northwest, Beatrice Morrow-Cannady worked tirelessly to improve race relations in Portland and to secure equal rights for the Oregon’s African American community.

Morrow moved to Portland in 1910 at the age of 20 and worked as the business manager, associate editor, linotype operator, and editorial and news writer for the African American newspaper, the Advocate. She helped found the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and mobilized African-American women for the war effort, as president of the Colonel Charles Young War Savings Club and as head of a local Red Cross Auxiliary’s knitting unit.

She graduated from Portland’s Northwestern School of Law in 1922 and became Oregon’s first African American woman to practice law. In 1932, she ran for the Oregon House of Representatives—the first African American to run for elected office in Oregon. Despite not being able to vote herself (African Americans were not allowed to vote in Oregon in 1932), Morrow earned 8,000 votes. Although she did not win the seat, she continued to work tirelessly to improve race relations. She gave hundreds of lectures to white high school and college students and was invited to speak on KGW, KOIN and other radio stations. She also hosted multicultural tea parties at her home every Sunday afternoon which combined entertainment, cultural history and politics. The assemblies received such a positive response that as many as 200 people would attend.

For updated information about The Beatrice Morrow and other PCRI developments, visit pcrihome.org or the development’s Facebook page.

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