LUTC Meeting Minutes 2015-04-13

Minutes of Eliot Neighborhood Association Land Use and Transportation Committee 2015-03-09
DRAFT- not yet approved

Committee members present: Allan Rudwick (chair), Phil Conti, Laurie Simpson
4 residents: Johnny Engleheart Noel, 3 others
3 groups presented: Matt Brown and others, Y-Ba, Multiple representatives, Otak architecture, John Cole, City of Portland Planner

Eliot Land Use and Transportation Committee Minutes

April 13, 2015 6:30 pm
St Philip Deacon Episcopal Church
120 NE Knott Street

6:32p.m. – meeting started

Ted Buhler- Interstate Avenue advocate
Ted talked about the work he is doing with Blake Goud and asked us to raise the issue to the NECN level

Otak development group- Cook St Lofts- Cook and Vancouver
There is a 104-unit apartment building going up along Vancouver street with 35 parking spaces.  They have ground floor parking and 3 spaces for commercial on the ground floor, but 2 of the bays are so shallow that they don’t think they will be rented as commercial spaces.  We encouraged them to try to make the ground floor spaces work for commercial, and to put in better bicycle parking that will allow some cargo bikes, and some bikes that don’t hang on the wall to be stored.  They are also providing in-unit bike parking

YB-A Architects- 436 NE Ivy property – 7 Rowhouses facing sideways
Plan for ‘monopoly house’ looking building with interesting features like reclaimed barn wood and japanese inspired corridor to get to entrances, we recommended a ramp or an easier way to get bikes to the units, putting a porch on the front unit, and better bike parking since there is no car parking on site.  Interesting note: they don’t have to meet ADA requirements because it is under 20 units.

Institutional Zone: Emanuel
John Cole came and talked to us about the changes to the Institutional Zone. It seems like one of the goals of the Eliot Neighborhood Association – to see something done with the vacant land between Williams and Vancouver and along Russell St are not going to be advanced through this process but we should keep making this an issue. The other goal: to see a friendlier edge to the hospital will be advanced through this plan, although it won’t have effect until new construction happens. If/When they build new buildings, they will have to do a better job with the street edge. Emanuel’s campus will be in a new ‘Urban Campus’ zone which has a number of new rules associated with it but is generally in keeping with our comments

– Development guidelines discussion still ongoing
– Demolition permit of 3116 N Vancouver was withdrawn, probably will reapply in a week
– Information: Townhouses in Boise (Eliot overlap) – Ivy & Commerical meeting on 4/27 at Q center, 7pm

Meeting ended 8:50 pm