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Eliot Neighborhood Association
Land Use Committee
Minutes for July 11th, 2016
Settling into their new location in Eliot, Elemental Fitness Lab (EFL) is unlike any other gym in Portland focusing on high quality fitness and nutritional systems. Their goal is to have their clients leave the gym feeling better when they arrived and able to take on the week or an active weekend with confidence and safely and efficiently reach their fitness goals.
Eliot is looking much cleaner after our annual Spring Clean-Up on May 22 sponsored by Metro and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. About 50 families brought their unwanted items and junk to the clean-up site at Legacy Emanuel parking lot on Williams and Graham. We collected 4 dumpsters full of junk, 1333 pounds of electronics to be recycled, many boxes of books, hundreds of articles of clothing, reusable household items and a pick up truck full of scrap metal. Donations from the event totaled close to $800 which will be used to help sponsor events like the free Dawson Park Concerts, the Jambalaya festival, the Soul Stroll and other neighborhood events. This is the Eliot Neighborhood Association’s main fund raiser for the year so it was good to see so many residents in attendance.
Visitors Present: Roya Amirsoleymani (PICA) Victoria Frey (PICA) Kelsey Cardwell (Initiative Petition 65)
Introductions start at 6:40
July’s Eliot Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Monday July 18th has been re-purposed. In lieu of attending the meeting, board members can be found at Dawson Park supporting the Portland Parks and Recreation’s concerts and movies in the park series!
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) has a permanent home in northeast Portland thanks to a generous donation from philanthropist Allie Furlotti. Since 1995, PICA has been an integral part of the arts landscape in Portland and the purchase of this building helps solidify its future in a rapidly changing city.
There wasn’t too much Land Use news this month, but on the transportation side of things there were a number of things happening. First and foremost, the gas tax increase of 10 cents/gallon increased, which will provide money for repaving and reconfiguring some streets. This is seen as an opportunity to get changes on NE 7th avenue including removing the unsafe roundabouts which have caused many crashes over the years. There is a group of folks focused on making NE 7th a better place to be and a safer place to walk and bike.
NECN will host presentations in both English and Spanish to help you understand the proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor and how you can have a voice in the process. Refreshments will be provided. Presentations will be hosted at NECN office at 4815 NE 7th Avenue.