In keeping with a current Portland trend, a couple of underutilized lots have been transformed into great little food cart pods in Eliot. The first few carts to call Eliot home are located in a lot named Jimmy’s Corner at the corner of Vancouver and Fremont Street. I discovered them several months ago while out canvassing the area to notify residents about upcoming neighborhood events. The owner of Mum’s Kitchen offered samples of her African fare and I was hooked. Soon after, a Mexican cart arrived and their homemade fresh tamales made my mouth water. The pod also has a pita cart and a drive thru coffee cart.
DRAFT – NOT YET APPROVED
Cloudburst Recycling, one of Portland’s earliest green companies, has recently gotten even greener.
This summer the waste hauler installed solar panels on the roof of their headquarters at 2223 N. Randolph St. in the Lower Albina industrial area. According to Cloudburst co-owner David McMahon, they will generate 62 percent of the plant’s electric consumption. In fact, in the first 80 days alone they generated one third of their 2009 electric consumption. McMahon adds, “The place used to be Pacific Power and Light’s headquarters, so virtually everything is electric.”
By Ofc Peter Helzer NRT & Angela Wagnon ONI
Hello, Eliot! This is the first installation of what will hopefully become a regular feature of the Eliot News. I was the Eliot Neighborhood Liaison Officer for a number of years before I was deployed with my National Guard unit to Iraq. I am back, and have recently started with the Neighborhood Response Team. I have taken over in this position for OFC Amanda McMillan who has moved on to a new assignment. I look forward to working with everyone again.
On Saturday September 25th the Eliot Neighborhood Association and the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Graffiti Abatement Program teamed up to make a difference in Eliot. Residents from the neighborhood along with volunteers from Volunteers of America and Portland State University met at the corner of Graham and MLK to cleanup Graffiti.
The vacant lot on the southeast corner of MLK and Ivy used to be a service station turned alchemy lab known most recently as the Grant Warehouse. The former owner had polluted the site with an unknown toxic brew which was discovered during a fire. Consequently the City tried to force Mr. Grant to clean up the site, which was beyond his ability and means. Ultimately the EPA did the clean up and placed a lien on the property. Eventually the EPA turned the property over to the City and from there it ended up with PDC as an “opportunity site” within the Convention Center Urban Renewal District. PDC hosted a couple of community advisory committees to explore development options and to solicit design proposals. One of the goals was to provide home ownership opportunities rather than subsidized rental housing. Due to the poor housing market and challenge financing condo construction in inner-NE Portland final design and construction had been delayed. Now it appears a workable plan has been identified that can be constructed.
Portland has launched 2 major planning activities – the Portland Plan and the Central City Plan (CCP). Both will chart a future for Portland over the next 25 years. This will compliment Metro’s 2040 Plan. The Portland Plan has a high level look at 9 issues of importance to city residents, such as economic development and education. On the other hand, the CCP will review land use and zoning and propose changes in both to City Council. The Central City area includes the Lloyd District, Rose Quarter, Lower Albina, and a portion of Eliot between Broadway and Russell. More information on the CCP can be found on the City web site www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035. Information about the Eliot portion of the CCP can be found by clicking on the “N/NE Quadrant Plan.”
In partnership with Friends of Trees, Eliot Neighborhood is planning another tree planting project this winter. Join us Saturday February 12th to help plant trees and create a healthier community!
On the corner of NE Hancock and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd there is a thing hanging on a Pacific Power utility pole. It has been there for a while, just hanging attached to the pole with nowhere to go. How long has it been there watching traffic?