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Washington High School Community Center Update

August 30, 2012

An important step towards the creation of a full-service community center at the Washington High School property has recently occurred. The City of Portland Hearing Officer has issued approval for a Master Plan to provide conditional use at the site of 12th and SE Stark for the construction of the community center in two phases.  The Master Plan remains valid for ten years.

Phase one of new construction would include the aquatics center, changing rooms, fitness, wood studio and parking lot/field. Phase two would be the gymnasiums.  While there is currently zero funding for the construction of the center, having land use approval in place enables phase one to be built as soon as funding occurs. This center, as well as other city-wide projects, will likely seek funding via a future, comprehensive Portland Parks bond. The BCA has been active and involved with this project for years, and all updates on the future community center are shared at monthly meetings when they occur.

The full decision can be read here:

BDS hearing on Conditional Use Master Plan (CUMP) for the Washington High Community Center

June 27, 2012

We recently received notice from the Bureau of Development Services that the hearing date for the Conditional Use Master Plan (CUMP) for the Washington High Community Center (WHCC) will be held on July 23rd at 9:30 am before the City’s Land Use Hearings Officer.  The hearing location is 1900 SW 4th Street, Suite 3000.  Residents who live within 400’ of the WHCC site will receive an individually-mailed notice of the hearing. There will be opportunity for the applicant and the neighborhood association to testify at the hearing.  Testimony from other interested parties also will be taken.  If you are unable to attend the hearing but want to submit comments, you can send an e-mail to the Senior Planner assigned to the case, Kathleen Stokes, at, up until July 22nd. She will then present all written communications to the Hearings Officer. You may also present written testimony at the hearing itself if you prefer that to testifying in public. Written testimony is given the same weight as oral testimony.

Once the public record is closed, typically at the end of the hearing, the Hearings Officer has 17 days to render his decision. Then follows a 14-day appeal period. Only people who have submitted written or oral testimony at the public hearing have “standing” to appeal. If no appeal is filed, the Hearings Officer’s decision will become final. If an appeal is filed, the City Council will schedule a hearing usually within one month. The appeal hearing at City Council is run in the same manner as the initial hearing before the Hearings Officer. The City Council’s decision is final at the local level, although opponents can carry their appeal further to the Land Use Board of Appeals.

Approval for the CUMP means that development of this project could move forward once funds are available.  This CUMP will be valid for 10 years.

Historic Preservation League of Oregon: Adaptive Reuse of Historic Schools, Thursday, February 9th

January 31, 2012

The Historic Preservation League of Oregon is hosting an event to discuss the reuse of historic school buildings, including our very own Washington High School. See below for details.

Time: February 9, 2012 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Buckman School, 320 SE 16th Avenue, Portland OR

How can historic school buildings find new life? Which schools in the Portland area are “historic,” and which are not? What will be the fate of the long-vacant Washington High School? Who is taking care of the historic schools that will continue to operate as K-12 facilities?

Join the Historic Preservation League of Oregon as we discuss some creative ideas that have been used to save historic school buildings across the Pacific Northwest. The program will include a Prezi presentation by HPLO staff, as well as a panel discussion by several regional experts in historic school use and reuse. Be it Portland or Salem or Corbett, if you have a vacant, underused, or at-risk historic school in your neighborhood this is a program to be sure not to miss.

Panelists include Cathy Galbraith (Executive Director, Bosco-Milligan Foundation), Kirk Ranzetta (Cultural Resources Specialist, Cardno ENTRIX), Melissa Darby (Principal, Lower Columbia Research & Archaeology), Jen Sohm (Project Manager, Office of School Modernization, PPS), and Bob Alexander (Program Director, Planning and Asset Management, PPS).

Suggested donation $5 at the door.

Washington High School Site Moves a Step Closer to Re-Development

February 28, 2011

Portland Public Schools recently issued a press release on Washington High School:


Portland, Ore., Feb. 22: Portland Public Schools is negotiating an agreement with a local firm to redevelop the long-vacant historic Washington High School building and its site.

Two development groups submitted complete responses to the school district’s recent request for letters of interest in the redevelopment of the Southeast Portland school building; after interviews, PPS selected Venerable Development to move forward to the next step of the selection process.

Venerable proposed several options for the Washington High School building, all of which include housing as a primary component. District representatives will begin negotiations with Venerable in early March for an acquisition agreement.


You can read the full press release here.

Washington High School Draft Report

February 28, 2011

A draft report on the Washington High School project is now available for your downloading & reading pleasure:

The purpose of this report is to summarize and document the design work and decision making process for the Washington High Community Center Design that you were all a part of.  Hopefully, you will have a chance to review both prior to our meeting on February 28th when you will have a chance to ask questions or comment on the report before it is finalized.  Please feel free to forward this information to anyone not included in this e-mail that you know might be interested in this project.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Meeting reminder:
Monday, February 28th from 6:00-7:30pm
At Commision for the Blind meeting room
535 SE 12th Avenue

Susan Meamber
Project Manager
1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 1302
Portland, OR  97204-1933


You can find the report here:

WAMO Meeting Re-Scheduled…again

February 8, 2011

The meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 24th to discuss the status of the Washington High School community center project has been rescheduled for Monday, February 28th to avoid a conflict with the BCA monthly general meeting on the 24th.

New meeting date/time:
Monday, February 28th
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Commission for the Blind
535 SE 12th Ave

Childcare is available; please request childcare no later than February 18th by e-mailing elizabeth.kennedy-wong(at)portlandoregon(dot)gov.

WAMO Status Meeting Re-Scheduled

January 14, 2011

We posted recently about an upcoming meeting hosted by Portland Parks & Recreation to discuss the status of the Washington High School community center project. We learned this morning that the meeting, originally scheduled for this coming monday, January 17th, has been postponed. Here’s the scoop from PP&R Community Engagement and Public Involvement Manager Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong:

As many of your already realized – Monday is a holiday.  This meeting was intended to coincide with the completion of the Washington High School Community Center Report.  Completion of that report was delayed.  It will be complete and available for public review by Monday, January 24th.

Additionally, PPS will have completed its work on the contracting process and we will have a better sense of how that work may impact this project.

New Meeting Date/Time
Thursday, February 24th
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location TBD

Childcare is available – please request childcare no later than February 17.

We’ll keep you posted on the meeting location when we’re updated.

Washington High School Community Center Status Meeting, January 17th

December 20, 2010

We received an e-mail from Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong with Portland Parks and Recreation on December 17th about an upcoming community meeting to discuss the status of the Washington High School community center effort. The text of the e-mail is below:


Dear Community Center Supporters,

Please join us to disucss the most recent developments in the creation of a community center in Inner Southeast Portland.

The Project Manager will discuss the project report (available online after January 7th), discuss and reveiw options and refine the location of the drop-off and entrance.

The meeting will be:

Monday, January 17th
6:00 – 8:00 PM
location tbd….

Childcare is available – please request childcare no later than January 10th.

Stay Tuned…


Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong
Community Engagement and Public Involvement Manager
Portland Parks and Recreation
(503) 823-5113

Please note – my email address is now –


We’ll post further details when we get them.

Activity on the Washington High School Front

December 17, 2010

Portland Public Schools is talking to developers about Washington High School:

After a plan to redevelop Washington High School into a community center for Portland Parks and Recreation failed to pencil out earlier this year, the school district in November issued a Request for Information from developers interested in reusing the structure, according to Kerry Hampton, property development manager for Portland Public Schools.

Via the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Washington HS Community Center Open House

August 17, 2009

After much work & anticipation, the second of three open houses regarding the Washington High School Community Center will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 7:00-9:00pm at Buckman Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Avenue.

This is the chance to preview and comment on three design options and see how your vision for this facility matches with your friends and neighbors.  These designs will have incorporated results from the survey recently conducted by the BCA and Portland Parks & Recreation.

For more information on the project, Advisory Committee meetings and additional background information, go to  For specific interests, ideas and concerns, please email

Childcare is available but must be requested by August 21st.  Call 503/823-5113.


July 14th Washington HS Meeting Location Changed

July 13, 2009

The Portland Park Bureau announced today, Friday July 10th, after 5pm that the next Washington High School Community Center Committee meeting scheduled for June 14th, 6pm at Matt Dishman has just been moved to Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main St.

The reason for the last minute change was given as lack of meeting space at Dishman.  The meeting will focus on approving project objectives and meeting with the architecture team (SERA), as well as hearing about the public outreach products.  There will be no designs at this early date.  A future 2nd open house for the project is planned for early August.  Date and time will be published as soon as details are finalized.