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Reed College Acquires Former Rivelli Farm Property


The 1.5-acre tract includes an environmental protection zone along Crystal Springs Creek, and will allow enhanced conservation efforts in the adjacent Reed canyon.


Portland, OR (July 13, 2007) – Reed College has purchased a 1.5-acre tract of land at the western edge of its campus on SE 28th Avenue. The property is bisected by Crystal Springs Creek as the creek flows from Reed Lake to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Reed purchased the property in June for an undisclosed sum from the heirs of long-time resident Harry Rivelli, who lived in the home on the property. The property has been in the Rivelli family for many years. A portion of the property was used as a residence and a portion was used at times to grow produce for sale.

Reed College’s immediate plans for the acquired property include housing a small number of students in the former Rivelli home during the 2007–08 academic year. Longer term, the college anticipates that it may seek to develop the northern portion of the property for additional student housing. The college will explore the possibility of conserving the southern portion of the property as an extension of the Reed canyon. For many years, the college has pursued watershed and habitat restoration in the canyon along the course of Crystal Springs Creek and around Reed Lake, which is fed by springs at the eastern end of campus. The college installed a fish ladder several years ago below Reed Lake to facilitate fish spawning and migration, and the canyon is home to a variety of fish, bird, and mammal species, including stickleback and Pacific lamprey, beaver, and heron (see a list of animals).

The college will be updating its Campus Facilities Master Plan with the City of Portland to include this property.

The purchase of the former Rivelli property represents a continuation of Reed’s long-term effort to acquire available properties along its western boundary at SE 28th Avenue. Reed expects to utilize these additional properties to accommodate the college’s growing academic, administrative, residential, and student services needs, in addition to enhancing conservation efforts. In recent years, Reed has purchased several commercial properties on SE 28th Avenue, which are now being utilized by the college as offices and student apartments. Reed also purchased the bankrupt Eastmoreland Hospital on SE Steele Street. This summer, the college broke ground on a new quad in the northwest portion of campus comprising four residence halls that will house approximately 125 students in the northwest portion of campus.