City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau and the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM to unveil the improvements that were made to the Reiche Elementary School and Community Center. The City’s Facilities Department oversaw the removal of the failed Clark Street ramp and replaced it with an addition that includes a new Community Center entrance, auxilliary school entrance, and elevator. Tours will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“I’m so thankful to have worked side by side with Reiche parents, the City Manager, City staff, and my colleagues on the City Council to help make these school infrastructure improvements a reality,” said Councilor Spencer Thibodeau who represents District 2. “Our children and our community deserve 21st century facilities that work for them, and I believe this investment demonstrates the City’s commitment to ensuring that reality for all Portlanders. I will continue to be a strong advocate on behalf of District 2 to invest in necessary infrastructure improvements.”
The new elevator provides ADA compliant access to the Community Room, Public Health Station, and second floor of the school. The exterior grade and new floors were raised to match the floor level of the pool hallway, cafeteria, and first floor of the school creating ADA accessibility to all levels of the building.
The work has improved school security by separating public areas from students, has vastly improved ADA accessibility, and has provided a more prominent entrance for Community Center patrons.
“I’d like to thank Councilor Thibodeau for his leadership on this effort and I’d like to thank our Facilities team for addressing these concerns in a timely and efficient manner,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “These improvements will go far in ensuring a more safe and accessible school building and community center for all.”
The work was funded by an $800,000 appropriation of CIP funds. In addition to the improvements to the school building, $85,000 was also invested to upgrade the Brackett Street crossings to ensure student and pedestrian safety.