- Programs + Services
- Beatrice Morrow
PCRI and the members of the Grant Warehouse redevelopment team have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting proposals for professional services. These services include a variety of disciplines related to the design and pre-construction phases of the project. This RFQ will be used to solicit proposals in response to the design challenges required to achieve a sustainable, mixed-used, affordable housing development.
The proposed project will be a single, to-be-constructed building of between 50 and 80 units of affordable family rental housing, and will include approximately commercial/retail space on the ground floor as well as on-site parking. In addition to providing affordable housing in a neighborhood that has experienced displacement and gentrification over the last several decades, one of the goals of the Grant Warehouse Redevelopment is to create opportunities for minorities and local businesses in all phases of development. Team members include co-developer Gerding Edlen and certified minority-owned firms Carleton Hart Architects and Colas Construction, who are both invested in and connected to the community.
Professional services sought in this RFP will be part of the pre-design, design, and construction administration phases. Services from the following disciplines will be contracted by Carleton Hart Architects, the architect of record, except as noted otherwise:
As noted above, a goal of the Grant Warehouse redevelopment is to create opportunities for minorities and emerging small businesses in the North/Northeast Portland business community. Responses to this RFQ will be evaluated by their ability to meet these social objectives with their firm and staff, in addition to factoring in the firm’s experience and qualifications. The Owner and the development team will review responses and a Request for Proposal will be issued to firms who are deemed to have met the qualifications through the RFQ response.
The deadline for RFQ submission is November 30, 2015. The development team anticipates selecting consultants in early December, 2015.
Click HERE for the full Request for Qualifications and additional information.
At an August 17 event, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced the selection of a PCRI-led team to develop the former Grant Warehouse site. The site, located on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between Cook and Ivy streets, is envisioned with new affordable rental housing and community-serving ground floor commercial retail space.
“Even though this is just one site, it is the beginning,” said Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick of the project’s goals to mitigate involuntary displacement.
PCRI and our project team, including co-developer Gerding Edlen, general contractor Colas Construction, and Carleton Hart Architects, were selected following a Request for Qualifications issued by Portland Housing Bureau. The RFQ served to identify the development team which could best meet the goals of Housing Bureau’s N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy and develop a project which would involve and benefit the Northeast Portland community as well as its its historically African-American residents.
“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.”
The announcement about the development team for the Grant Warehouse site was one of two cornerstone projects highlighted at the public event, held at the site of the former Grant Warehouse. Colas Construction and Majestic Realty will develop a new commercial project a short distance away at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Alberta Street. That project will feature a grocery and other commercial retail space.
“Through their focus on commercial activity and affordable housing, both projects will add to the vitality and diversity of the community, and will serve to underscore our commitment to this vital section of Northeast Portland,” said commissioner Saltzman in an email invitation for the event.
“This is a happy, long awaited day,” said Mayor Charlie Hales.