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Planning & Urban Development

Posted on: August 7, 2018

Ribbon Cutting for Children's Odyssey at Former Reed School on August 9

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Developers Collaborative will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Children’s Odyssey at their newly renovated location on Thursday, August 9th, 2018, 3:30 PM, at the Reed School, 19 Libby Street in Portland.  Speakers at the event will include City Mayor Ethan Strimling, and Mary Herman. 

From 1926 to 1960, the Thomas B. Reed School (TBRS) served as an elementary school and offered a significant contribution to the education and social history of the Riverton neighborhood and greater Portland. In subsequent years, the TBRS  was utilized for storage, community events, and the district’s food distribution center before it was abandoned in 2013. 

The neglected building and grounds have been subject to vandalism, fire, and decay. Breathing new life into a dilapidated space has garnered the support of the City of Portland as well as the Riverton neighborhood in which it is located. 

Children’s Odyssey  will occupy  the 1960’s section of TBRS. The expansion allows them to establish an infant-toddler room, enhance the physical layout of the classrooms for easier wheelchairs and walker access and to accommodate the addition of a bathroom, provide an indoor motor room, and extend programming  hours. The balance of the space, the 1926 section, will be completely rehabilitated and turned into eight market rate apartments. A portion of the former playground area will remain green and have a public access easement preserving some open space for the neighborhood to enjoy.

Historic tax credits have injected much needed equity into an otherwise difficult, if not impossible, financing package in order to save this important landmark. The City of Portland provided a $180,000 Brownfields grant to Children's Odyssey for cleaning up environmental contamination at the site.  These funds were granted to the City from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields Program. 

About Developers Collaborative:  Developers Collaborative employs a community based approach to planning and building their projects. They frequently participate in public-private partnerships to achieve public goals. Developers Collaborative values their reputation for creating projects that enhance surrounding neighborhoods and address community needs.

About Children’s Odyssey:  Children’s Odyssey has been providing high quality, structured programming for children of varied developmental levels for the past 25 years. The majority of the children in our care demonstrate one or more educational or medical disabilities of varying degree and etiology to include but are not limited to: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Behavioral and Emotional Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hearing or Visual Impairment, Down Syndrome, Failure to Thrive, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), Chronic Lung Disease, and Seizure Disorders. At the core of Children’s Odyssey’s philosophical foundation is the belief that children, regardless of abilities, learn from one another. Our integrative approach allows children who are identified to learn right alongside children who are typically developing while promoting greater understanding, appreciation and respect for individual differences, learning styles, challenges, and strengths.