Jade Project Gets a New Name: The Orchards of 82nd

The Jade Project has officially been renamed The Orchards of 82nd. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) board voted unanimously to approve this name, which is a reflection of the history of the area. Prior to WWII many Asian American families owned orchards and farm space in the Montavilla area. Tragically, the Japanese internment during the war resulted in these families losing their land and assets. There will be opportunities for murals and trees in the public plaza and resident courtyard to reflect the multicultural and historical components of the area. The Orchards of 82nd is a mixed-use shared space of 48 fully affordable homes and the APANO headquarters. 

Alyshia Macaysa, Baby Booster Project Manager, and Mina Mahdian, Resident Services Coordinator, stand in front of what will become the resident community space for ROSE which will host free afterschool programming, Baby Booster partner meetings, family and resident support events and more.

Construction by O’Neill Walsh Community Builders is underway and expected to be complete in January, 2019.

Repulsing the Monkey: A Play on Gentrification

Last night was the opening night for Repulsing the Monkey: A Play on Gentrification. Written by Michael Eichler, directed by Jami Rea, and produced by Passin’ Art: A Theatre Company, this partnership with ROSE Community Development seeks to open new dialogue around the complexities surrounding gentrification in a working class neighborhood. There are 5 more shows to go, May 22nd, 23rd & May 28th, 29th, and 30th. The closing night will host a community forum discussion directly following the play. Complimentary refreshments included.

To get your ticket (on a sliding scale of $5-15) visit www.passinart.org. All performances begin at 7pm at the Team Event Center on the corner of SE 92nd & Foster Blvd.

Special thanks to Meyer Memorial Trust, REACH Community Development, Sabin Community Development, Northwest Housing Alternatives and Innovative Housing Inc. for their sponsorship and support of this project!