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Volume 15, Issue 5
May 2017


What’s Happening

New middle school at FAIS

The French-American International School (FAIS), located on Cornell near NW Miller in Portland, is proposing a project to build a new wing for its Gilkey International Middle School. The building will be approximately 26,000 sq. ft., with two main levels, each comprising six student classrooms, student collaborative spaces and two teacher shared workspaces. The lower level will be dedicated to science. The new building will incorporate a variety of sustainable features.

Concept for the new Gilkey Middle School
Concept for the new Gilkey Middle School

View a virtual tour on the school’s plan and fundraising site. Information on the site includes, “The design of the middle school is being developed with the expertise of Hacker Architects, an award-winning Portland based firm well known for its thoughtful design and commitment to sustainability.” The middle school expansion is phase one of a four-phase, 20-year plan for improving and expanding the school.

The public hearing for this application was held on May 3 in Portland. According to the application submitted to Portland planning, no change in the number students or staff is proposed.

Former board member Ursula Garcia noted during a discussion on NextDoor, “As part of this project, the school will also be completing extensive frontage improvements along NW Cornell Road and NW Miller Road. These improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety in the vicinity, and improve pedestrian access to campus.”

The school’s 13.89-acre campus includes facilities for approximately 550 students in preschool through grade eight. There are about 140 students in Maternelle (preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten), 230 in grades one through five, and 180 in grades six through eight.

Learn more about FAIS on their website.


Public hearing for revised Touchmark plans

Thurs., May 18, 10:30 am, Washington St. Conference Center, 102 SW Washington St., Hillsboro

Touchmark, a Beaverton-based company that builds and operates retirement communities, modified plans for their development near the corner of Barnes and Miller near Cedar Mill, and a public hearing is scheduled to review the changes.

Construction is already underway for the first phase of the development. The review covers a winemaking facility/clubhouse and outdoor amphitheater, provision of a maintenance building, replacing the originally proposed four-plex garden homes with 11 single family homes, and relocation of a single condominium tower from the west side of the site to the east side.

We wrote about the proposed changes that were shared with neighbors in November 2016.


Cornell Landing opening late 2018

Cornell Landing Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility, currently under construction on Cornell near NW 97th, is set to open in late 2018. They have leased space for a sales office in the “triangle” center at Saltzman & Cornell. More information is available at 503-292-9222.


Pot shop?

Folks have noticed the “For Sale” sign on the property that was proposed for a marijuana dispensary on Dale Ave., and are wondering if Sheri Ralston is abandoning the idea. We understand that she is working to find a more suitable location but still intends to open a business here. We have been unable to connect in time for this issue, but we’ll bring you the news as soon as it’s available.

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