Board Meeting Minutes 2015-1-14

6:30 Board Meeting Begins

Kristin read the minutes and Joe Entler moves to have the minutes approved

All in favor none opposed

Office of Neighborhood Involvement—Mary Tompkins

Crime Prevention Coordinator for Eliot—–mary.tompkin@portlandoregon.gov

Some concerns within Eliot would be:

  • Bike incidents
  • Squatters in abandoned buildings
  • Gang concerns in and around the neighborhood especially with the shooting that occurred at Rosemary Anderson.
  • Gang Task Force and ONI have created the “Enough is Enough” Program which will hopefully help deal with getting rid of the snitch code.
  • Call Rosemary Anderson if you would like to help volunteer there.
  • Remember you can always file a police report online or call the non-emergency number.

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Comp Plan Comment Period Extended

Map App
Comprehensive Plan Map App

The Portland Comprehensive Plan is a long range 20 year plan for land use and infrastructure in the city.  The plan is currently undergoing an update as mandated by the state of Oregon.  Last fall, the deadline was extended for input so you still have time to submit written comment on the plan until March 13th 2015.  The easiest way to comment is using the Map App.

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Community Grants Available

2014 NECN Community Grant recipients
2014 NECN Community Grant recipients

Six grants of $2,000 each will be awarded by Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) for collaborative, community-based projects in Inner N/NE Portland.

What can a $2,000 grant accomplish? Last year, artist and educator Sharita Towne used an NECN grant to fund the groundbreaking “De-gentrifying Portland” project. A partnership among several N/NE Portland organizations, De-gentrifying Portland was a summer program for youth of color, which included training in filmmaking, a deep exploration of N/NE Portland history, and a standing-room-only public event to screen the students’ films.

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Last Ditch Appeal for 7th and Russell

7th and Russell
Proposed development on 7th and Russell

The repeated appeals from Demand Redesign to developer Dan Neal of Eugene-based Paradigm Properties to scale back his project at 7th and Russell have fallen on deaf ears. Mr. Neal is not willing to reduce the height of the building or alter its shape by creating setbacks on the south and west sides. If the project goes forward as designed, it will be an out-of-scale eyesore that will impact infrastructure, compound the parking problems in our neighborhood, and create traffic safety issues and congestion for residents in Eliot and Irvington.

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Williams Reaches Substantial Completion

Williams Safety ProjectJust before the ball dropped to celebrate the new year, Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that the “N Williams Safety Project reached substantial completion”.  One of the major tasks completed in December was installing the permanent light at Cook.  There is still some minor work to do on Williams and the Rodney Bikeway portion has yet to begun.  It is nice for travelers along the corridor, whether in a car, on a bike or on foot, to see construction wind down and to take advantage of the improvements.

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