Seeking Small Businesses

Join the Project!


Many Rockwood residents have indicated an interest in becoming a business tenant in Rockwood Rising! Now, join us for our first informational session to learn all about what "becoming a tenant" really means. Developer Roy Kim will answer questions regarding project timeline, application process, and what to expect as a tenant in the project. Partners from the City of Gresham, Gresham Redevelopment Commission, and nonprofit partners at Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) will also be there to answer questions and provide services to Gresham's emerging small businesses.

The Rockwood Rising Project is committed to transparency, diversity, and placing a high value on community voices at every stage of development, and this includes tenant recruitment. All interested business owners and potential business owners are encouraged to apply.

Join us at the Sunrise Center Thursday, September 12th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with your small business (or business idea!) and see how to join in Rockwood’s future!

Be A Part of Rockwood History

Construction is underway at the Downtown Rockwood location and we are ready to pour the foundation!

RKm would like to extend an invitation for you to become a part of history and sign part of the building. In doing so, you will become a permanent part of Downtown Rockwood!

History happens August 21st from 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. at the south side of the site (18535 SE Stark). We will have refreshments, along with information on what’s to come at Downtown Rockwood (and a lot of sharpies!).

RSVP here (so we can get a head count) and we'll see you there

Ground has Broken, Construction has Begun!

Rockwood Rising project staff and partners at RKm Development would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony June 12, 2019. The celebration was an enormous success, thanks to the support of our partner organizations, elected officials, and Rockwood community members.

The ceremony itself saw over 200 people in attendance, despite the high temperatures of the day. Attendees gathered under the shade of large canopies to hear from several of Rockwood’s key figures. Executive Director Josh Fuhrer hosted the ceremony, having directed the Rockwood Rising Project since its inception in 2013.

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Several other prominent figures also spoke in celebration of the project, which has garnered widespread community support. Speakers included Mayor Shane Bemis, Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson, County Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Developer Roy Kim, and others.

With groundbreaking complete, construction has officially begun on the project site with an anticipated completion date in 2020. Stay updated with the progress of construction by watching the hour-by-hour time lapse!

View the construction time lapse here.

All project staff and partners look forward to the successful completion of Rockwood Rising, and its mission of providing an economic engine in the heart of Gresham’s youngest, most diverse neighborhood.

The Rockwood Rising project is a public-private partnership designed to build an economic engine in the heart of our neighborhood. For more information email us at or call 503-618-3208.

Rockwood T-Shirts Return

After the great success of our Rock the Block neighborhood celebration, we heard dozens of neighborhood comments regarding the Rockwood t-shirts. These t-shirts were created through a collaborative process with Grafletics, Inc., the Urban Renewal Staff, and input given by Rockwood community members like you.

Now, in celebration of groundbreaking for the Rockwood Rising project, Grafletics will be offering Rockwood-logo t-shirts for a limited time following the June 12 groundbreaking ceremony! This line of Rockwood-logo shirts will be available only until June 30, 2019, and for each item purchased Grafletics will donate one free shirt to a student at The Boys and Girls Club in Rockwood.


Help spread the word, celebrate the neighborhood, and donate to kids in the community. Grab yours here!

To see the story behind the logo, don’t miss the write-up on our stories page!

The Rockwood Rising project is a public-private partnership designed to build an economic engine in the heart of our neighborhood. For more information email us at or call 503-618-3208.

Join Us for Groundbreaking!

Rockwood Rising is ready to break ground! Join us on the Catalyst Site (18535 SE Stark St) for a groundbreaking ceremony at 3pm, and celebrate with a community reception immediately following in the Rockwood Community Office (484 SE 187th Ave).


Don’t forget to RSVP!

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Questions? Comments?  Email or call 503-618-3208.

Construction Begins

With the final closing documents signed by the City of Gresham, RKm Development, and financing entities, Rockwood Rising is proud to announce that the project is ready to begin construction.

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Visitors to the Catalyst Site will see construction activity on the property beginning Monday, May 13, 2019. A groundbreaking celebration a is scheduled for June 12, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm, with a community reception to follow from 4pm to 5pm. The groundbreaking celebration will take place directly onsite (18535 SE Stark), and the community reception will take place in the Rockwood Community Office across the street (484 SE 187th Ave).

Rockwood Rising staff are grateful for the input of the Rockwood community during the design and development stages of planning, and share great excitement to see building begin.

Questions? Comments?  Email or call 503-618-3208.

GRDC Approval of Construction Documents

Rockwood Rising project documents, including permitting, Land Development Agreements (LDAs) and Ground Leases, were all approved by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) on June 19th, 2018. This is a significant milestone for the project, as execution of these documents means that RKm Development will be able to begin work on the site.

For the full transcript and recording of the June 19th GRDC meeting, including the approval of the Rockwood Rising Documents, visit the City of Gresham's website here.

For a breakdown of this decision and insights on what it means for Rockwood, read our most recent blog post.

Negotiations are now in the works to secure the final financing for the project, after which a date will be announced for the project's groundbreaking. Construction of the entire Catalyst Site is anticipated to be complete in 2020.

Questions? Comments?  Email or cal 503-618-3208.

Playground Gets New Home

Since the Plaza del Sol will be unavailable for the remainder of Rockwood Rising construction, Rockwood Rising staff has elected to move the playground equipment currently located there. Burnside Baptist Church at 18311 E Burnside has generously agreed to house the play structure for the duration of Rockwood Rising construction. 

The new location is about two blocks north and two blocks west of the Plaza del Sol

The new location is about two blocks north and two blocks west of the Plaza del Sol

Burnside Baptist Church, looking north from E Burnside St.

Burnside Baptist Church, looking north from E Burnside St.

What you need to know:

  • Playground will be open during regular Gresham City Park hours (5:00am-10:00pm April 1 through September 30, and 6:00am-8:00pm October 1 through March 31)
  • Playground will be subject to Gresham City Park rules.

Equipment relocation is now complete! Rockwood families are invited to gather and play at the new location.

For questions or more information about the playground relocation project, please call 503-618-3208 or email

Spread the Word: Fencing on the Plaza del Sol

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In anticipation of groundbreaking for Rockwood Rising this fall, large-scale environmental and soil testing on the Plaza del Sol site will begin September 21, 2017. This means the entire Rockwood Rising site will be fenced off and unavailable to the public.

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What you should know

  • PARKING will be unavailable on this site until completion of the project. Parking for the MAX will need to move to the official Park & Ride at 18324 E. Burnside Street.
  • THE PLAYGROUND at the Plaza del Sol will move to a nearby location. Expect updates on this relocation in October 2017 on
  • SIDEWALKS may be temporarily affected during the three-day installation of the fence.

You will see signs with notices of the fencing posted on the four corners of the site, as well as fliers on vehicles that use the site for parking.

Expect more signage and outreach as groundbreaking draws near!


Email or call us at 503-618-3208.

Rockwood Rising is a project of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission, a public body created by Gresham voters in 2003 for the express purpose of designing Urban Renewal projects on behalf of the City of Gresham.  Be sure to look for more updates  at, or follow the City of Gresham Facebook