The modernization of Grant High School has started with construction workers and trucks on-site, usually between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Work may continue on some evenings and some weekends before the project is completed in 2019, said Jamie Hurd, the project coordinator and a nearby resident. Students will travel about six miles to the Marshall High School campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Ave., while Grant is under construction.
The work brings an increase in vehicle and other noises, but street closures weren’t expected as the work started, Hurd said. Construction workers who drive to work also may be filling up street parking in the vicinity of the school, she added.
During the summer season, the Grant Park pool and its parking area remain open, as are the tennis courts and running tracks. The community garden is available, but it may be narrower in 2018, Hurd said.
The construction site is surrounded by fencing for safety and to deter vandalism. However, Hurd said, if residents see suspicious activity, they are asked to call the Portland Police Bureau’s non-emergency line (503) 823-3333. If they witness an act of vandalism they should call 911. For other construction-related issues, the Grant construction line is (800) 551-8243.
Grant is the third high school, after Roosevelt and Franklin, to have its interior upgraded through the 2012 school improvement bond. A new gym, band room and library are among changes planned.
The original, small gym will become an arts complex with skylights. The main entrance, with its porch and classical columns, will be retained, according to plans created in meetings with teachers, administrators, alumni, area residents and students.