A letter from the Land Use Chair…
Vacant land in Eliot has been one of my biggest annoyances since moving here in 2008. I realize many of you have lived here longer than I have and some of you have even gotten permission to use the vacant land that you experience around you every day. However some of the bigger pieces really leave holes in the urban fabric that surrounds us. Some of the vacant land is used for parking, but at its worst some of our land is used for nothing at all.
The places strongest in my mind are the three empty lots on MLK between NE Cook Street and NE Fremont – 2 big pieces on the east side and a smaller one on the west.
Next I think of the two-and- a half large blocks on the southeast corner of Legacy Emanuel’s property that have been sitting vacant since the 1970s, occasionally used for parking but mostly for empty space. A pair of soccer fields sitting there would get tons of use by the people I know, but sparing that, a few buildings that really anchor the Russell and Williams Avenue commercial corridors together would make a huge impact.
The block west of Vancouver on Russell could use a makeover as well.
Next I think to the vast parking lots around Broadway Toyota and the smaller scattered ones throughout southern Eliot.
What if all of this land were used for people to enjoy instead of just storing cars for future sale? Perhaps one day the citizens of Eliot will reach out to the owners of this land and encourage them to put their assets to use. Maybe there is a vacant lot that you would like to see something happen to. You can find the details of who owns the lot, its zoning, and much more at http://www.portlandmaps.com
The Land Use and Transportation Committee meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at St Philip the Deacon Church.