Your Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board of Directors asked what you’d like to see move into the 24-acre property vacated by Concordia University. “Knowing the preferences of the majority of neighborhood participants, if only informally, will help CNA lobby the city government and whomever the new owner becomes,” reported board chair Peter Keller.
A foreclosure auction for the property was announced for June 29. Watch Facebook.com/groups/ConcordiaPDX beginning late that afternoon – and the August CNews – for the identity of the property buyer, if that information is disclosed at the auction.
The May/June poll attracted 350 responses, with more than 90 percent coming from people who live in Concordia neighborhood.
At 46.3%, the majority of respondents want to see a school on the property. Another 20% call for a community center. Also 12.6% selected “other” in the poll and offered written opinions on housing, multi-use and additional ideas for the property. See below for some of those comments.
Housing: pro & con
- Affordable or low-income housing
- Housing with mental health services and job resources
- Anything besides transitional homeless housing
- Noooooo more housing, nor addiction treatment center near Faubion
- Multi-generational community center, something community-based and accessible for low-income residents to enjoy.
- Mixed-use center for housing and services associated with the houselessness
- Mixed residential & commercial
- Community center/agile learning facility/library/BIPOC-owned shops/food pod – like Alder Commons but bigger
- PreK-12 public school and community center
- Diverse solutions for diverse facility: athletic facilities to Portland Parks & Recreation, library to Multnomah County Library, classrooms to Portland Community College, housing to social/transitional programs
- Education and community space that can make changes with changing demographics to be used more economically and usefully, and serve a wider variety of citizen and community needs
- School or medical center and retirement center: library becomes community center if not used by previously named three, sports-related facilities rented or contracted out
- City or county ownership school/community center/housing for the public benefit
- Built as a learning center, many paid a premium for their nearby home because it was a learning center, zoned to be a learning center – remain a learning center supporting the arts, medical, university with public/neighborhood outreach
- Sports complex
- Nike Campus East
- Concert venue/entertainment/theater/hotel
- Reclaim land and resources by and for BIPOC communities displaced by gentrification in partnership with groups like the Living Cully partners and Rockwood Rising project