November Lunch Program

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East County Developments

 

With all this talk about westside and downtown developments have you ever wondered what is happening in east Portland? Join us November 9th as we introduce you to east county. Let’s explore the city of Gresham’s long range plan for major development, hear how they are preparing for a population increase and get a glimpse of the exciting new developments.


The city of Gresham’s Comprehensive Planning Manager, Katherine Kelly, will be sharing the Vision of Gresham. She will share the city’s 2040 plan that will include regional challenges and city driven initiatives.


Mike McKeel, a local developer, will be sharing details about a mixed-use project on Main Street and the 5th Street Cottages; a small house cedar shingle project designed by Ross Chapin, architect and author of the book, Pocket Neighborhoods.


The city of Gresham’s management analyst for the Urban Planning Division, Cris Taylor, will highlight the project, Rockwood Rising and how they’ve engaged the Rockwood community to build this economic engine. Located in the heart of Gresham, Rockwood Rising will be a hub for small businesses to build skills and sell their local products to the community.

Katherine Kelly, Vision of Gresham

Katherine joined the City of Gresham in 2008 after living and working in the Washington, DC area for 15 years. She brought with her years of experience working on sustainable development issues with public and private sector agencies throughout the world. She has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and an undergraduate degree in Middle East Studies. Katherine is heavily engaged in regional and state efforts to ensure effective transportation and land use policies that support Oregon’s quality of life. When not at work she enjoys adventures with her family which includes two 4-year olds adopted from Ethiopia and two Hungarian Mudi dogs.

Katherine will be discussing the Vision for Gresham that will include an overview and brief history of the region. In addition, she will share attributes, challenges, opportunities and City driven initiatives.

 

Mike McKeel, Local Developments

Michael McKeel is a lifelong Gresham resident who lives a fulfilling double life as a dentist and as a builder/developer of thoughtful places to live and work. He holds undergraduate degrees from both Portland State University and the University of Oregon, and his DMD degree from OHSU. At Portland State Mike was member of both the football and national championship wrestling teams. He was inducted into first class of the Athletic Hall of Fame at PSU. Mike is married to Diane McKeel who, this year, finished an 8-year term as Multnomah County Commissioner. Mike currently serves as chairman of Multnomah County Fire District 10, a member of the board of Leach Botanical Gardens and is a Design Commissioner for the City of Gresham. His favorite past award winning Gresham and east county development projects include Oneonta Row Houses, Salish Pond Cottages, the Miller & Main project, and Fire Station 76. Station 76 has won a number of local and national architecture awards for both Hennebery Eddy Architects and Bremik Construction. Although most of Mike's classmates have retired, PSU president Wim Wiewel noted both Mike and his wife, Diane, have flunked retirement. Mike and Diane take that as a compliment.

Mike will highlight two current Gresham projects. The first is a mixed use of commercial and future residential on the city block on Main Street. The second is 5th Street Cottages, a small house cedar shingle project designed by Ross Chapin, architect and author of the book, Pocket Neighborhoods.

 

Cris Taylor, Rockwood Rising

Cris will highlight the Rockwood Rising project and how they engaged the Rockwood community to build an economic engine. In the heart of Gresham, Rockwood Rising will be a hub for small businesses to build skills and sell to their local product in their community.