In September Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s Garlington Center, located in the Eliot neighborhood on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (between NE Morris and NE Monroe Streets), hosted an exciting community event celebrating the groundbreaking of a new integrated health and wellness clinic and a new 52-unit affordable housing apartment building. The new clinic will provide mental health, addiction treatment, primary care and wellness programs to low income community members. The new apartment building will be available to Cascadia clients, US Veterans and displaced North/Northeast Portland residents.
The future of Eliot was hotly debated during the NE Quadrant (NEQ) plan process with most of the NE neighborhood representatives opposing widening I-5, replacement of the overpasses with “lids,” and the Hancock overcrossing. The NEQ increased allowed building height and density along Broadway and in the area across Broadway from the Rose Quarter. City Planners believe the new lid and Hancock extension will “reconnect” Eliot to a new “Pearl District East” development across Broadway from the Rose Quarter and along Broadway on Eliot’s southern edge.
The corner of Schuyler and NE 7th Avenue, just barely outside of Eliot Neighborhood, is now the home to a few businesses that you will recognize. The prep kitchens for BlueStar Donuts are one of the tenants at the newly remodeled Mont Blanc Building. Unfortunately no sales or samples are available at these locations but the delicious smells that escape the building make them a welcome new neighbor.
As I look back on this past year I am so pleased that I took the opportunity to become involved with Eliot Neighborhood Association. The new neighbors I met, new businesses, civic leaders, local businesses all in our ever-changing neighborhood. Thirty years living in this neighborhood I always felt change meant being left behind sometimes. You know that feeling that your taxes would force you out, or your new neighbors would be unruly to you- that word they call gentrification. So untrue I found. I realized, you only get left behind or are blind to change if you don’t become part of what is going on. Eliot Neighborhood Association is a good start to becoming involved in your neighborhood, not only does it keep you informed and up to date with what is going on in our neighborhood but allows you to become part of the change.
We are conducting a survey of Eliot neighbors asking just 5 questions about how long you have lived in Eliot, what you like about it and what you think we could improve as well as what you’d like to see happen to bring people together.
Eliot Land Use and Transportation Committee Agenda
November 14, 2016 7:00 pm
St Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church
120 NE Knott Street (map)
(car parking off Rodney behind the church, entrance on Knott street)
The Portland Streetcar announced in August that than 50 million passengers have ridden the Portland Streetcar since it opened 15 years ago. A critical piece of the city’s infrastructure, Portland Streetcar serves over 15,000 riders daily and has contributed to robust economic development in the neighborhoods it serves.