Lincoln High School plans to develop housing with help from URA money
POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 02:34 PM PT
BY: Reed Jackson, Daily Journal of Commerce
The primary focus of the URA would be Portland State University. However, the URA also would encompass a considerable amount of land around PSU; Lincoln High School, in fact, could gain $10 million from it.
Peyton Chapman, Lincoln’s principal, said the URA could benefit the school’s long-term plan to build a new facility, 1,682 workforce housing units and a large parking garage. Chapman recognizes that a number of bonds would have to be passed for the plan that could cost $130 million; however, she said the URA is necessary to establish essential partnerships.
“The way state funding is, you have to have these partnerships,” Chapman said. “We need to link together with PSU and OHSU the same way Roosevelt (High School) is linked to Concordia (University) and Jefferson (High School) is linked to (Portland Community College). If the URA can attract $50 million more from partners, then that would be well worth it.”
First proposed by Lincoln’s Long-Term Development Committee in 2009, the plan calls for creating a 21st-century superblock, where residents can live and learn in the same neighborhood. A report by the committee lays out three concepts, with the “most preferred” being the one to redevelop the school’s 11-acre plot near the heart of downtown.
Chapman said the structures proposed in the plan could be used by other schools and area businesses. For example, the proposed two-story parking structure could be used by PGE Park and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Or the 1,682 workforce housing units could be used by PSU students and faculty.
A long-term development plan for Lincoln High school calls for constructing 1,682 workforce housing units, a new football field and a two-story parking garage. (Rendering courtesy of Portland State University)
A two-story parking garage planned as part of Lincoln High School redevelopment would include a track and basketball facility. (Rendering courtesy of Portland State University)