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Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; April 18th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; April 18th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April 18th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Another week down
I readily admit not a lot to see for it but all the work being done now will pay huge rewards in the future by creating strong and durable foundations for the buildings. We had a lot of inspections this week of all the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical elements that are under the foundation slabs and because the construction crew is so good, we have passed them all.

Fire Marshall has also been on campus a lot this week testing fire hydrants and preparing for moving the Sub Acute's underground Fire/Water vault. Yes this means that next week will be full of inconvenience as we are needing to turn off the water to Sub Acute on Tuesday for the day. I have my fingers crossed for 4 hours but the contractor feels it will take them closer to 8 hours to get all the piping out of the existing fire/water vault, pull the existing vault, install a new reinforced vault, and reconnect everything. We have a contingency plan for 12 hours just to be safe. Be sure to be especially kind to Sub Acute staff as they are taking one for the team this next week and in their usual way are approaching it with positivity, flexibility, and tons of grace.

We were not able to pour the slab for the new residence this week but will be doing it on Monday. I know it will be tempting to see all that fresh concrete and want to put your initials in it but construction crews will be watching closely plus we do have some web cams up -- can't say you weren't warned.

Other elements to expect next week
Residence concrete slab on Monday, will need to cure for at least 3 days Joint Board and Foundation Board meeting in Chapel Monday evening Install of new Fire/Water vault on Tuesday Framing will begin on Residence on Thursday (yeah man, we are going vertical!) Delivery of big items like lumber & roof trusses will begin Louise Building interior demo will continue through the week Expect Project Manager collapse by end of week

In the near future expect
Some hammering as we move to framing and roofing More concrete poured as we pour the Sub Acute slab the 29th Numerous big trucks delivering lots of materials Demo of the Cold Storage Building which means more fence work at Sub Acute

As always if you have any issues, questions, or are just curious let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Nadaka Nature Park, Closed for Tree Maintenance: Apr 23-24, 2014

04/23/2014 - 10:00am
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Nadaka Nature Park, Closed for Tree Maintenance: Apr 23-24, 2014. Info here!

Temporary Closure

When: Wed-Thu Apr 23-24, 2014
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17500 NE Pacific Dr
Gresham, OR
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Diseased Tree Removal
The City of Gresham will be removing 5 to 6 large Douglas Firs with laminated root rot on these two days so the park will be closed to the public. The downed trees will be used in the nature based play area planned for the two acres on the South.

Join SOLVE at Nadaka Nature Park for Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 26, 2014 10AM-1PM

04/26/2014 - 10:00am
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Join SOLVE at Nadaka Nature Park for Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 26 2014 10AM-1PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Earth Day, Every Day

When: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 10AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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Friends of Nadaka have received grants for the development of the Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!

Event info
Come out and meet your neighbors and make new friends. Join SOLVE® and Friends of Nadaka to help improve the park this Earth Day by working in the forest removing invasives and mulching trails. We will also be removing weeds from the future community garden. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

Click here to register yourself, your group or to learn more about this event.

Rain or Shine!
Come dressed for weather and help improve Nadaka Nature Park. Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Drinks and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

WENA Board Meeting: Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:30PM

04/28/2014 - 6:30pm
04/28/2014 - 8:00pm
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Board Meeting, fourth Monday monthly. Wilkes East Neighborhood, PO Box 536, Fairview OR 97024. Diversity, Harmony, Community -- Together we can make a difference

Neighborhood Board Meeting

When: Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:30PM
Where: Simmons' Foster Care
17104 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR
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Board meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday each month 6:30PM

For more information please contact: info@wilkeseastna.org

Upcoming Meetings

  • May 26, 2014
  • Jun 23, 2014
  • Jul 28, 2014

Senior Healthy Hikers: Lake Sacajawea Walk: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:30AM-5PM

04/29/2014 - 9:30am
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Senior Healthy Hikers: Lake Sacajawea Walk: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:30AM-5PM. Info here!

Let's Go Walking!

When: Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:30AM-5PM
Where: Lake Sacajawea Walk
Meet at: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

This 3.5-mile walk loops around Lake Sacajawea in Longview, Wash. The paved trails wind under landscaped bridges past many species of trees and flowers in bloom. We'll walk through rhododendron gardens, past two spectacular fountains, through the Frank Willis Arboretum and past the Japanese Gardens island. Watch for nine granite markers on the solar system section of this walk, and for creative squirrel crossings. Pack water and snacks for our break, and bring a lunch. We will eat our lunch in a picnic shelter along the lake. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Round-trip travel: 103 miles
  • Suggested donation per rider: $10
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation gain: None

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; April 11th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; April 11th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April 11th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Well it has been a full week:

  • The change in weather has allowed us to get the first concrete pour done, which means we have footings.....yeah!
  • We got the new North driveway cut in.
  • Sub Acute's entrance got shifted from the South side of the building to the North side. Yes it's different but you get a great view of the construction site.
  • IT's (information technology) fiber work got completed so that project is done and the road between Louise and Sub Acute is open again.
  • We started the decommissioning process on the old well, which is beside the cold storage building.
  • We began interior demolition of the Louise Building, we aren't doing anything on the outside so all you will see is a bunch of stuff (including some horse hair plaster, yes that's how they made plaster back in 1925) being tossed into dumpsters.

Next week expect:

  • More concrete trucks, we will begin pouring our slabs which after those cure we will be going vertical.....the really exciting stuff!
  • We will be working on the area along 165th and the new emergency entrance to campus.
  • Coming Soon:

    • A new fire/water vault will be going in soon. Yes I am the only one probably excited about this one but it is a huge hurdle. This work will cause some issues for Sub Acute when it happens but we are working up plans to address all contingencies.

    As always if you have any issues, questions, or are just curious let me know.

    Pam Krecklow
    Albertina Kerr

Garden Fresh Produce Returns! Local Farmer's Markets Schedule for 2014

Local Farmer's Markets reopen. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Find farmer's markets here!

Stretch your grocery dollars at the farmer's market

Enjoy the best produce, flowers, and plants starts direct from the garden.

Healthy and fresh
Farmer’s markets are a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal, locally produced foods and artisan products. Plus, you'll find great activities and fun for the whole family. Come experience the markets. Meet the vendors. Meet local cooks. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Make your own statement in support of local food.

Want to grow your own vegetables?
Check out Portland Nursery's 12-month "Veggie Calendar" planting guide here.

Portland's east side Farmer's Markets

(Complete details on these area markets below)

You'll find plenty of root vegetables, braising greens and lettuces, and of course plant starts for your own vegetable garden.

Bring your reusable shopping bags and plenty of small bills, though some of the markets will trade you a credit/debit card for wooden tokens that all vendors accept, which can be easier to handle than cash. We've indicated those markets that accept EBT or other food assistant coupons.

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014. Info here!

2013 was a very productive year for the Friends of Nadaka team which includes the Audubon Society of Portland (Audubon) and Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC).

By Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka

Audubon released a Cooper’s Hawk and brought their educational birds to the Nadaka Community Festival. Over 300 people attended the Festival last August. This year’s Festival will be held September 27th. You can view the release of the Cooper’s Hawk on YouTube by searching for Nadaka Nature Park.

The Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project was awarded an Oregon State Parks grant in the amount of $523,480. These funds will be used to cover the large capital improvements such as the restrooms and covered picnic shelter.

Wilkes East Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Here! Find Out What's Happening In Your Neighborhood

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

Wilkes East Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Here! Find Out What's Happening In Your Neighborhood. Inside this issue: New K-12 Rockwood Charter School; Free! Earth Day Recycling, Apr 19; Fix-a-Leak Week, March 17-23; Albertina Kerr Construction Begins; Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project ;Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 28th. Click here!
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"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together we can make a difference!”

 

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • New K-12 Rockwood Charter School
  • Free! Earth Day Recycling, Apr 19
  • Fix-a-Leak Week, March 17-23
  • Albertina Kerr Construction Begins
  • Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project
  • Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 28th

Download the full-color edition here. Now with clickable links!

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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