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Salem Statesman Journal 07/16/2012
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Bridge work to cause delays
By Timm Collins
Commercial Street span replaced during 15 months
Eatery may join site of Pringle School
Property owner hopes to attract family restaurant
By Michael Rose
Drivers headed south on Commercial Street downtown The old Pringle School in are about to feel a 15-monthSouth Salem could have a seclong pinch. ond life as a mixed-use develKelly Lambert of Salem rearranges items on a shelf at Hope Station, which serves working-poor families who Starting today, traffic on opment with a restaurant. aren’t eligible for public assistance. KOBBI R. BLAIR / STATESMAN JOURNAL the Commercial Street bridge Property owner John Milover Pringle Creek will be reler of Wildwood Inc. and busiduced from three lanes to two ness partner Travis Henry inwhile crews replace the aging tend to invest more than a half-million dollars to remodstructure. This project is el the school building. The scheduled to be completed in property is at 4985 Battle fall 2013. Creek Road SE. More than 23,000 vehicles Plans subpass over the bridge every day, according to the city of SaPRINGLE mitted to the city show imlem. SCHOOL provements to Initially, two lanes will be The age of the accommodate provided on Pringle School a 5,000the east half of TRAFFIC building vasquare-foot the bridge to DELAYS ries. Some restaurant and allow for the For the next 15 demolition sections were additional ofmonths, the built as early fice space. and construcCommercial as the 1920s. “It should tion of the the Street SE The last addibe really fun west half. In bridge over tions were and good for December, Pringle Creek made in the the neighbortraffic will be will be reduced routed to the 1960s. hood,” Miller from three said. A “famnew west side lanes of traffic ily-oriented” of the bridge Source: John to two. restaurant so the east Miller tenant would side can be debe a good molished and rebuilt. match for the location, he Normal project work hours said. will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday since its beginning, Hope StaBy Saerom Yoo Miller said he has just through Saturday, with night tion is preparing to move to its Statesman Journal started marketing the locahours from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. third location in almost four tion and doesn’t have any Monday through Thursday. Jill Pallin rummaged years — each of them necessarprospective restaurant tenThe project will require a through household items, try- ily bigger than the last. ants lined up. complete bridge closure four A compound of life situaing to decide which she would Abiqua School, a private to six times during the project. take home: a foam pillow or tions — divorce, her ex-husschool for kindergarten Detour routes have been esband’s job loss, her hours being shower curtains. through eighth grade, had tablished. Standing in a conference cut and having three children leased part of the 23,386These closures and detours room in a South Salem ware- to care for — led Pallin to that square-foot building, but it rewill take place only between house, making a choice last conference room, clutching a cently relocated. midnight and 6 a.m. Notice will week among donated goods foam pillow. Abiqua’s new home is Rosebe provided via portable mesHer home is in foreclosure, still was foreign to Pallin. dale, one of the schools closed sage boards at least seven “I’ve never remotely been in and she’s getting ready to move by Salem-Keizer School Disdays before the closures. this situation before,” she said. into a rental. Work is spotty trict. The contractor is Concrete Pallin is one of 52 member now because she’s an athletic Miller’s plan for the old Enterprises Inc. of Salem. The families of Hope Station Com- trainer who works with student Pringle School would focus on project is part of the Keep Samunity Services Inc., a non- teams. interior improvements. lem Moving! Streets and “When it rains, it pours,” she profit that helps working-poor “We are not planning to exBridges Bond passed by Salem families who don’t qualify for said. pand the building or the parkvoters in 2008. Pallin applied for food benepublic assistance. For $25 and ing,” he said. The project consists of retwo volunteer hours per month, fits, but her income that month The building already placing the 85-year-old, multithe families get to “shop” for was too high — by $35 — to houses offices, including span bridge with a new 180food, clothing and sometimes qualify. The case worker told those for Miller’s business, a foot-long, single-span strucother household items, depend- her about Hope Station, and real estate agent, an insurture. ing on what’s available. The she’s been receiving services ance firm and an accountant. The project also will infamilies also can get eye ex- there since fall. The property is zoned clude roadway improvements, ams, haircuts and counseling. “neighborhood commercial,” lighting improvements, utility Having seen steady growth See HOPE, Page 3A according to city records. upgrades, green-space imRestaurant and offices are provements and restoration, permitted uses at the Pringle Americans with Disabilities Copyright © 2012 Salem Statesman Journal 07/16/2012 August 10, 2012 6:02 pm / Powered by TECNAVIA School site, Miller said. Act pedestrian improvements and other related work.
SPACE FOR HOPE STATION
Nonprofit that helps working-poor families outgrows building, will move to N. Salem
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The organization was founded by Marcia Mattoso and modeled after Portland’s Birch Community Services, where Mattoso interned while studying at Portland State University. Mattoso said the fee and volunteer requirements give the families a sense of ownership and empowerment. Families also like that instead of receiving a box of pre-selected food from pantries, they get to pick the groceries they need at Hope Station. Tammy Reed, who cares for six children — four of whom are foster kids, said she likes Hope Station’s model because she’s contributing to the organization, not just taking. “It makes me feel better about the whole thing,” she said. After opening in late 2008, Hope Station quickly outgrew its 1,500square-foot warehouse without a bathroom. With the help of a donor and a local business spotting the rent, it moved two years ago to its 4,000square-foot location in South Salem. Again, space has run out. Next month, Hope Station plans to move into a 7,800-square-foot space with a loft in the 1300 block of Madison St. NE. As Mattoso walked around the empty, unpolished and unfurnished warehouse, she repeated: “I’m very, very excited.” Inside, there’s the skeleton of a front office, a sorting area for clothing donations, two bathrooms, a conference room and a big shopping area, mostly built by volunteers. Local companies such as Brenner & Co., Thomas Kay Flooring & Interior, and Master
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Hope Station soon will move into this much larger warehouse in the 1300 block of Madison Street NE. KOBBI R.
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Hope Station serves individuals and families who are working yet struggling financially. People can receive services by filling out an application to determine eligibility. Services are not available to people receiving government assistance. All participants are required to pay $25 and volunteer two hours per month at Hope Station. In exchange, they can shop twice per month at no cost for food and clothing at the warehouse. Hope Station is at 2960 Pringle Road SE but expects to move next month to the 1300 block of Madison St. NE. For information, go to hopestationcsi.org or call (503) 886-9138.
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Woodworks are donating services and products, including carpeting, kitchen cabinets, engineering plans and legal counsel. Still, the new site will mean more than doubling Hope Station’s expenses. A donor has stepped up to cover the rent, but Mattoso still is seeking help for utilities and moving expenses. “We’re acting on faith knowing that God will use people who care enough for the poor and sustain us,” she said. Mattoso is aiming for an Aug. 5 move-in date. Thinking back to how Hope Station started — “from scratch and by faith” — Mattoso is blown away at how far it has come and how much local community members and business owners have giv-
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en to sustain it. When she needed a larger space, she prayed. When she needed a walkin cooler, she prayed. So far, she says, it has worked. “I tell people if I weren’t a believer, I would’ve become a believer with the miracles I see,” she said. “I just can’t explain to anybody, but that’s how it happens. You pray and God provides.”
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