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November 14, 2022 ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes

ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes: November 14, 2022

Fremont Bridgehead Project Presentation – Allan Rudwick

Link to Recording: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHMcFXqs7H-qtIZm2BmbDqJJxGnrf3OZ8PYRKGzf5WKas6rQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • 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

Permits

  • 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

Attendees:

  • 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):

  • AGENDA
  • 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 (chair@eliotneighbrohood.org) or the board (board@eliotneighborhood.org) with any questions or attend the board meeting this coming Monday.

iUrban Teen Presents the 13th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration on January 16, 2023

Join iUrban Teen’s 13th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast featuring Grammy Award Winning Group Take 6


In the midst of dangerous and divisive times, with our voting rights under attack, iUrban Teen invites students, staff and our dedicated community to gather together, to remember and “Believe” in the core values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Believe in integrity first, believe in service before self, believe in excellence in all we do and believe in a commitment to equality and social justice. 

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We believe in the tremendous power of Dr. Kings’ legacy and the righteous power of community to change injustice in our society.

I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint. Number one…should be a deep belief in your own dignity. Your worth and your own somebodiness… Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.

~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fourth Career Fair to Take Place Tuesday, November 1 in Dawson Park

A fourth job and resource fair sponsored by the Eliot Neighborhood Association, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Cascadia Health, and the Office of Community and Civic life will be held in Dawson Park on Tuesday, November 1 from 11am to 1pm.

Attendees will be able to meet employers and apply for jobs. Additionally, there will be a food giveaway and free vaccines available.

Volunteers are also welcomed for trash pick-up, setup, tear-down, and facilitation.

November 14, 2022 LUTC Meeting Agenda

Meeting will be online via zoom (full information at the bottom if this link doesn’t work)

(Old meeting minutes here)

Draft Agenda

  • 7pm: Welcome and Introductions
  • Discuss any additions to the agenda
  • Fremont Bridgehead Presentation to guests (Allan)
    • many invited, this section will be recorded.
  • Other Permits:
    • Streimer Redesign
    • Library comment period open
    • Response to Russell + Williams rezone proposal
  • LUTC Committee Elections
    • Members (nominate + approve slate)
    • Officer Elections – Chair, Vice Chair, Recorder (nominate & vote individually)
  • Parking committee update (Allan)
  • Eliot Development Guidelines – what about bigger developments?
  • I5- Rose Quarter Update
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

Future Topics:

  • Emanuel Hospital Annual contact
  • January: PBOT to discuss NE 7th Ave traffic

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Portland Bureau of Transportation Parking Study comes to Eliot October 24-29

During the week of Oct. 24-29, you might see people walking around the Eliot neighborhood with clipboards writing down vehicle information. A parking consultant firm has been retained by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to conduct an on-street parking utilization study of the Eliot neighborhood. These personnel have authorization to collect vehicle information for the purposes of the data collection on behalf of the bureau. They will be collecting license plate numbers in order to get an accurate understanding of the turnover in the area. The license plate information will not be stored and no personal identification information will be collected. All vehicle information will be aggregated so no individual vehicle information will be available to the bureau or to the public. The surveyors will be out from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Questions? Contact PBOT Project Manager Kathryn Doherty-Chapman at 503-823-4761.

For more about this project visit the webpage where you can view Parking Task Force meeting information: www.portland.gov/transportation/parking/eliot-parking/eliot-parking-task-force

October 10, 2022 ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes

Attendees:

  • Eric & Shireen Hasan
  • Allan Rudwick
  • Alison Harmon
  • Mike Warwick
  • Kathryn Doherty-Chapman (PBOT)
  • Serena Li
  • Jason Cohen
  • Travis Sowerby
  • Suzanne McIllnay
  • Kyle Monroe
  • Danelle Isenhart
  • Mark Lisac
  • Taylor Gentry
  • Stan Hubert
  • Helen Spieth
  • Kyle Monroe
  • Clint Lundmark

  • PBOT spokesperson – Kathryn Doherty-Chapman (Kathryn.doherty-chapman@portlandoregon.gov)
    • The plan is to do a study and have a discussion. PBOT doesn’t know when, what, where or how much yet.  When PBOT does have a proposal, it will share widely and have an open house/survey.
    • Meter discussion. Permit parking.  Can stay beyond limit if you have a permit.
    • Wednesday night meetings on zoom going forwards. Regular meeting schedule.

  • Presentation on proposed apt. building on NE Graham – Danielle Isenhart, Travis Sowerby, & Mark Lisac
    • 29 units
    • Bike parking, no car parking
    • Three stories
    • Open questions
      • Q: Discussion of process – confusing that sign out front says nothing has been submitted to city; unclear where we are in terms of land use application
        • A: Not yet submitted for land use review
      • Q: Same address as existing building?
        • A: Will be partitioned
      • Q: Easement line for parking lot?
        • A: Will remain
      • Q: Difficult to understand where enterance and pedestrian ways are
        • A: Showing floorplan – screenshare
      • Q: Looks hard to get bikes inside – three doors to get to final rack location.
        • A: Yes, but not against code. Best we can do.
      • Q: Cost & time?
        • A: No cost projection yet; 12+ months
      • Q: Concern about too many units in the neighborhood; street parking being taken up; taking down beautiful trees
        • A: No response
      • Q: Who is the developer?
        • A: A family with an LLC but the architects are not willing to disclose their names. Lake Oswego P.O. Box.
      • Q: Low income options?
        • At least two under city rules
      • Q: Handicap accessible?
        • 8 type B units on ground floor and 1 type A unit on ground floor
      • Q: Is there market demand for this?
        • A: Yes

  • Demolition permit at 202 NE Graham
    • Looks like they are trying to demolish a garage and build an ADU on top
    • Garage has already been demolished

  • AirBNB contacts – City passes out a phone number to neighbors.

  • 7th & Tillamook Intersection
    • City is not doing anything in response to the neighborhood sentiment
    • Generic response letter to specific ENA LUTC letters
    • Should another letter be sent?
    • A neighbor who is an attorney has filed a lawsuit.
    • Leveraging Congressman Blumenauer?

  • Discussion about equity and inclusion in the development process in the neighborhood.

Eliot Neighborhood Public Safety Fair at Dawson Park on October 22

On Saturday, October 22 between 10am and 2pm, a Public Safety Fair will be held for the Eliot Neighborhood in Dawson Park. The fair will offer free catalytic converter etching kits, safety and theft prevention information and programs, job opportunities, and child-friendly food and activities.

The event is in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland and Fire Rescue, the Bureau of Emergency Communications, PDX 311, Portland Parks and Recreation, the Rotary Club of Portland, the Eliot Neighborhood Association, Connected Inc., and Love is Stronger.

Eliot Neighborhood Association General Member Meeting Agenda Monday October 17 2022 at 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

We are having a hybrid meeting at Cascadia Garlington Center (Masks required, Enter from the parking lot side off of Morris street near MLK, Jr Blvd) and online. We will again be using WebEx this time- see instructions at the bottom.

Reminder: this is a General Membership meeting. This means that anyone eligible to be a board member can vote on all motions at the meeting. (14+ years old, lives or represents a property, licensed business, or non-profit entity with a physical location within the boundaries of the Eliot NA )

Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm-
  • Pick a recorder
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Eliot Cleanup/Adopt-a-block. (Alice Chang)
  • Board Elections – nominate board members for 2022-3 and then vote. Max 20. Bylaws link
  • Letter to DA Mike Schmidt – Do we still want to send this?
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Eliot News
    • LUTC
    • Treasurer
    • others
  • Public Comment (5 min)
  • Approve Minutes from August
  • Adjourn

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Portland Marathon & Related Street Closures this Sunday Oct 2

Broadway Bridge Closed 7-9:45AM

Burnside & Steel Bridge traffic impacts below.

Race route in our area

The Portland Marathon presented by OHSU will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022. The map at the bottom of this flyer shows the race route in the proximity of your neighborhood. To see an interactive map of the entire route that allows you to zoom in to see the exact streets used for the race, please visit portlandmarathon.com/courses. As a rule of thumb, it will not be possible to drive on, or drive across, the streets used for the race until the last runner has passed the location and the traffic control devices have been removed. Vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching the race route.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Although the actual race route does not enter Eliot, it will impact nearby streets. Runners begin the race Downtown and run through Old Town, Northwest District, and the Pearl District before accessing the Broadway Bridge. They then use the Broadway Bridge to cross to the east side and perform a clockwise loop around the Moda Center. The route then heads back west across the Broadway Bridge and makes its way south down Naito Pkwy into South Portland.

SPECIAL TRAFFIC CONSIDERATIONS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
● The Broadway Bridge will be entirely closed to all vehicles (including Portland Streetcar) from 7:15-9:45 a.m. After 9:45 a.m. there will be no restrictions on use of the Broadway Bridge. No vehicles will be able to travel west on Broadway anywhere past Benton Ave.
● The Steel Bridge will remain open during the entire event, but vehicles entering Old Town from the Lloyd District using the Steel Bridge will experience delays from 7:15-9:45 a.m.
● The Burnside Bridge will always maintain one eastbound lane and one westbound lane open during the entire event, but vehicles traveling west up Burnside from the Bridge will experience delays from 7:00-8:00 a.m., including a complete temporary closure of Burnside from 7:10-7:30 a.m.
● N Interstate Ave will not be restricted and should be used to cross underneath the race route on the Broadway Bridge if access across the route is needed in that area between 7:15 and 9:45 a.m. The only special consideration on N Interstate Ave is that the fly-over exit from southbound N Interstate Ave onto N Larrabee Ave will be closed from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m.
● Those needing to travel between Eliot and the west side of the river will experience the least amount of inconvenience by doing so via the I-405 or I-5 freeways (Fremont or Marquam Bridges).
● The I-5 Southbound freeway on-ramp at the northeast corner of the Moda Center (Wheeler Ave / Williams Ave) will remain open and unobstructed during the entire event.

ENTIRE RACE ROUTE
If you plan to travel into or through any neighborhoods near the race route between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, please take a moment to read the detailed traffic control description for that neighborhood by visiting portlandmarathon.com/traffic and selecting the neighborhood in question.

For questions regarding the City’s administration of this permit, please contact Allison Madsen at

allison.madsen@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-2482.

Third Career Fair being hosted at Dawson Park October 4 11am-1pm

A third job and resource fair sponsored by the Eliot Neighborhood Association, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Cascadia Health, and the Office of Community and Civic life will be held in Dawson Park on Tuesday, October 4.

Attendees will be able to meet employers and apply for jobs. Additionally, there will be a food giveaway and free vaccines available.

Our last career fair was featured in a short KGW segment, and we look forward to bringing this community resource back next week.