November 14, 2022 ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes

ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes: November 14, 2022

Fremont Bridgehead Project Presentation – Allan Rudwick

Link to Recording:

  • History & context of neighborhood
    • Displacement of homes for bridgehead and highway
    • Decreased census numbers
    • Removal of families
    • Proposed Prescott Freeway – never built
      • On ramps and off-ramps to this proposed freeway
    • Before and after images – dense single family homes; now parking lots and long ramp
  • Proposing removal of three quarters of ramp, essentially everything northeast of Mississippi Ave.
  • Question of ambulance access – new proposal would make for more direct access to ED for ambulances coming off the Fremont Bridge.
  • 8 acres would be reclaimed
  • Surrounded by City maintenance and shop yards
  • 6 acres on one side; 9 on other
  • Land valuation – high based on comparable land—$1 billion in land value and significant tax revenue
  • Keeping traffic down in adjacent neighborhoods is important
  • Pedestrian, bike and Tri-Met corridors could be constructed and cut off significant amounts of time and distance
  • Benefits:
    • ODOT: Less maintenance burden, opportunity to remedy bad design, positive public relations
    • City: Profit from land sale, tax revenue
      • Community: Compensation to displaced families, fill gap in urban fabric, rebuilt Tubman Middle School site
    • Legacy: Improved ED access
  • Next steps: City, community and state will all need to work together
    • Grant(s)
    • Stakeholder committee
    • Divide land, sell at auction
  • Q&A:
    • Carbon offset. Portland Clean Energy Fund.
    • New PPS school at Red Cross site?
      • Present to PPS
    • Reconnecting Communities grants for exactly these types of projects – part of federal infrastructure bill recently passed
    • Interest in keeping some public land for public use, for example a public pool or something similar to ease pressure on already existing public amenities in neighborhood
    • Include County leaders
  • Call to action – need to connect with organizations, etc. More voices.  Time to move past planning stages


  • Streimer rezoning
    • IG to EX. Layman’s terms: More industrial to slightly less industrial and flexible.
      • We will send letter that is supporting; mention that movement to EX across neighborhood is favored by ENA LUTC
        • Mike to write
      • Albina Library
        • Letter re support; push for activation on street front and less surface parking. Wonder Ballroom parking after hours, or other public parking use after hours
          • Jason to write
        • Vancouver & Russell apartment building
          • Unflattering design, no street front activation
          • Rezone push, generally supportive
          • Potential of LUTC signing on to higher height in exchange for better use of street front
          • Mike will write letter

Eliot Parking Committee

  • Allan is on committee

Freeway Lawsuit

  • Utilizing our network to fundraise

Updating ENA Design Guidelines

  • Current version does not address commercial or multi-family

Action Item:

  • Find old minutes and post online


  • Allan Rudwick
  • Mike Warwick
  • Andrew Champion
  • Jason Cohen
  • Michelle DePass
  • Doug Klotz
  • John Russell
  • Seth Anderson
  • John Pugsley
  • Paul Buchanan
  • Joseph Cortright
  • Alan Kessler
  • Jeremiah Via
  • Eric Wilhelm
  • Sherifa
  • Victoria
  • BNF

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday November 21 2022 at 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

We are having a meeting at Cascadia Garlington Center (Masks required, Enter from the parking lot side off of Morris street near MLK, Jr Blvd) and online. We ask that everyone make their best effort to attend in person. We will again be using WebEx this time but this is likely the last ‘hybrid’ meeting.

Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Approve Minutes from October
  • Meeting Rules (link to proposed rules)
  • Amendment to VOA Good Neighbor Agreement (context here)
  • Officer Elections (bylaws) (MOTION expected)
    • Chairs/co-chair
    • Treasurer
    • Newsletter Editor
    • Recorder
    • Community Outreach
    • Optional: webmaster
  • Board Priorities Discussion
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Eliot News
    • LUTC update
  • Public Comment
  • No December meeting. January meeting will be in person
  • Adjourn

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VOA Men’s Residential Center Seeks Amendment from ENA to Participate in New STEP Program

On NE MLK at Sacramento, there is a program that you might have never heard of in the Eliot Neighborhood. The Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Program (MRC) is housed there. This program was set up over 20 years ago when voters in Multnomah County voted to fund residential treatment programs for both Men and Women. The Men’s center was an old 50-room hotel that was converted to this use and the director Greg Stone has been running the center this entire time. They have a roughly 70% success rate at discharging clients and have only 1-2 police calls every 5 years (less than once per year).

The main prison system has a 50% reoffending rate, while treatment programs like the MRC have a much higher success rate. As a result, it has the support of DA Mike Schmidt and the Honorable Eric Bloch, a Multnomah County Judge. Judge Bloch and DA Schmidt are working on a relatively new program called STEP which currently exists but does not currently have a residential program. Currently, they have a 0% reoffending rate although as more time passes, all programs have an increasing reoffending rate. This program works by diverting people who would go to prison directly into the residential program. These men are monitored – many had ankle bracelets when I visited the facility with some other neighbors. If someone decides to leave the program, their parole officers are notified and they do not simply disappear into the community.

The Eliot Neighborhood Association has a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with the MRC that stipulates that there is a citizen screening committee that is responsible for reviewing (before intake to the program) prospective clients with charges/history of violence to strangers and non-predatory sex offenders. This agreement has been in place since 1999 and we have not had a history of problems with the MRC. I have been on this committee for the past 10 years. The Eliot NA Board has the ability to change the makeup of this committee, and we recently added my co-Chair, Jimmy Wilson to the screening committee.

Judge Bloch and DA Schmidt have requested that we allow clients to come from this STEP program that are not meeting the current criteria for the program. Specifically, the current rules require clients to have served a year of time before they are admitted to the MRC, but the STEP program is designed to divert people from spending time in prison but instead they would go directly to the MRC if they meet strict screening criteria. The ENA Board will be voting to amend our GNA to allow these clients on a 90-day trial basis at the Monday November 21st meeting.

More information can be found in the many documents of this google drive folder. Please reach out to ( or the board ( with any questions or attend the board meeting this coming Monday.

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