Village Opening Soon: Pods Set to Arrive Starting Friday

Since the Kenton Women’s Village, formally known as the POD Village, was approved during a neighborhood vote in March, it’s been a slight mystery as to when the village would actually open. However, thanks to a tentative schedule unveiled to members of the Kenton Neighborhood Association’s (KNA) committee on the village this evening, we might finally have the answer.

For starters, the sleeping pods for the Kenton Women’s Village are scheduled to be delivered to the village site in Kenton over a three-day period beginning on Friday, the 2nd, by The ReBuilding Center. Shipping containers offering community facilities like hot-water showers and porta potties should follow by the early part of next week.

With the pods on-site, City Repair and PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design are hosting work parties as part of Village Building Convergence on the 5th and 7th to build berms, planters, stairs and a fence for the village. Neighbors are absolutely encouraged to volunteer to help out on those dates.

While unforeseen issues could delay the overall opening, an open house for neighbors to come and check out the village will definitely take place on the 9th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the site.

So when should the village be expected to finally open? Following the open house, residents should move in around the 12th. Of course, that’s subject to change, but for now, the village open date is in roughly two weeks.

Other notes:

-An onsite manager for the village has been hired and will be at the site 40 hours of week.

-9 residents have been selected and are on the last steps of the intake process. 5 additional residents have selected to go through the intake process.

-Finalized versions of documents like the Village Manual have been requested by the KNA and should be provided soon.

-Water tanks will be used to provide running water.

-Electricity will be dropped to the site by PGE, but outdoor lighting will be powered via solar lights.