In the short-term, 2.5 acres of the Brentwood Parcel is currently being leased by the Deering Center Neighborhood Association as a community garden called Brentwood Farms. They have entered into an agreement with the City of Portland for a five year lease (2014). This temporary garden will transition to the long-term landscape design for cemetery development.
Phase 1 enhances the cemetery entrance along Brentwood Street with a double allee of deciduous trees reminiscent of the historical Stevens Avenue entrance. Access to the Portland Trails system is more clearly accessible from Brentwood Street.