Blog Stories The Concord Elementary Project

The Concord Elementary Project

By Kim Parmon, December 23, 2019

I truly love my home.  I am waking up every day in my dream house and that’s an amazing feeling.  Sure, it needs plenty of work but the bones of my house are gorgeous!  When I look around the space I very clearly see what it’s going to be someday when I’m done with it, and that is truly exciting.

I love my neighborhood too, but there’s not much to do here.  My neighborhood is a bit “unmoored,” if you will.  There’s no central hub where people gather, and that’s the main negative.  So when I learned that the old Concord Elementary Building was being considered for a government project, I was intrigued.  I’ve always admired the beautiful brick facade and wondered what was going to happen to it.  I heard through the grapevine that Clackamas County had a plan for it and wanted community members to apply for a task force for this project.  My curiosity piqued, I found the application online and submitted myself.

A couple of interviews, several months, and a task force vote later, I was in!  This means that I get to participate in a body that is helping to shape a huge project for my community.  How cool is that?!  What’s on the table is creating a library, community center, and park on this six acre property.  The purpose of the task force is to get community input on what we’d like to see in this space.

At my first meeting I heard the other members of the team advocate for a community garden, cooking classes, and walking trails.  I heard proposals for brining in authors and artists to the new library give talks.  There was debate about what would make a park both fun and beautiful.  I sat there, listening to all of it, smiling to myself.

I was in a room full of people who all want to improve my neighborhood.  They are spending their time dreaming up things that would make their neighbors happy and trying to distill those ideas down to practical, tangible proposals.  I don’t know what’s the final project is going to look like but I see the possibilities.  In the next few years my neighborhood is going to get that central hub it needs so badly!  I feel incredibly lucky to be able to serve my community and make it better.

Do you live in North Clackamas and have ideas for this project?  Reach out!  I’d love to hear from you.

Kim Parmon

Principal Broker

Kim is the first person who will tell you she never expected to be a Realtor. She's had many creative jobs in the past and spent years as a high-volume bartender-turned-bar owner, which she feels gave her an essential skill that translates beautifully into her career in real estate: the ability to juggle 1,000 things at the same time while keeping everyone calm! She became obsessed with buying a house after the market crashed in 2009, finally buying her very first teeny-tiny dilapidated bungalow as a short sale in 2011. She and her husband, Matt, spent a few years fixing it up, then sold it for a profit and bought another project. And then they did it again. And the rest is history! Kim's talent for finding diamonds in the rough has made her into one of Portland's most sought-after investment Realtors. She loves seeing the missed potential in properties and has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve to find great investments but this talent is equally useful when it comes to traditional buyers and sellers. When you buy a home with Kim's assistance you can be sure that she is looking at all angles of the purchase to make sure it aligns with your financial goals as well as your lifestyle and she will stop at nothing to make sure you are taken care of! Some of her clients think she's gotten their offers accepted through sheer force of will! When you list a house with her she will go above and beyond to present your house in the best possible light to make sure you maximize your return on investment. Above all else, Kim prides herself on her integrity and believes that everyone deserves a caring Realtor partner who truly listens and tries to do what's right for her clients, even when no one is looking. She is thrilled to call this beautiful city home and can't wait to help you make your dreams come true through real estate.
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