October 10, 2022 LUTC Meeting Agenda

Meeting will be online via google meet

initial elevations for 325 W/ NE Graham

Draft Agenda

  • 7pm: Welcome and Introductions
  • Discuss any additions to the agenda
  • Discuss Development at 325 W/ NE Graham
    • lot just west of the Blue building on the west side of MLK and Graham. 29 units of apartments proposed

Google Meet voice option

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Albina Library Redesign to hold Public Comment meeting online September 8, 6:00 pm

As you may know, the most recent Library Bond included a redesign of the Albina Library at 216 NE Knott St (property extends to Russell St). The Albina Library redesign process has been going on for over a year and their next meeting is September 8th at 6:00pm Zoom meeting (link).

here is a rendering from the Russell St side. More information and renderings in the slide deck below

You can see the slides they presented last Monday at the ENA Board meeting below.

March 14, 2022 ENA LUTC Meeting Minutes

  • Introductions
  • Present at meeting (non-presenters):
    • Brad Baker
    • Allan Rudwick
    • Jason Cohen
    • Andrew Champion
    • Monique Gaskins
  • PBOT Lloyd Event Parking District Presentation – Kathryn Doherty-Chapman
    • During games/concerts/big conventions – how can we encourage people not to park on the streets?
    • Lloyd focused but touches Eliot.
    • Once PBOT goes before City Council on this, they will seek to start the rate increase during events at $3/hr.
      • This rate will theoretically increase yearly as part of PBOT’s budget assuming capacity is being met.
    • PBOT is continuing to focus on the parking study in Northeast/Boise/Eliot over the coming years.
    • Equity: Transportation Wallet for Lloyd District residents.
    • Summary:
      • Rate increase during games and events in the evening/some day time event
      • Annual rate changes based on data
    • LUTC agreeing to write a letter of support of the Lloyd Event Parking District Plan as long as it dovetails into productive results in the future with the North Portland Parking Management Plan.  Eliot doesn’t want to get stuck with vehicles moving north to avoid the meters and no other benefit to the Eliot Neighborhood.
  • Presentation on Albina One – Winta Yohannes (Albina Vision Trust), Chandra Robinson (Lever Architecture), Carly Harrison (Consultant with Edlen & Co.), Gauri Vengurlekar (Consultant with Edlen & Co.), Samantha Lautman (Lever Architecture)
    • AVT Design Team introduction.  Collaborative group with different discipline backgrounds.
    • Community Hosts and Collaborators – Leading to community engagement.
    • AVT has been listening to community feedback for quite some time.
      • Experiences inform spaces
    • Creation of spectrum of density.
    • How does Albina One fit in to the Albina Vision.
      • Black history in the blacks around Abina One.
      • Access to waterfront important.
      • Little housing in Lower Albina currently—only Paramount Apartments.
        • Albina One meshing with Paramount Apartments.
    • Albina One features
      • Amenities on first floor, social resources, computers, playrooms, etc.
      • Grassy outdoor features for play, etc.
      • Views sweeping across westside.
      • Design from inside out.
    • Discussion about color on exterior
    • General sentiment of excitement regarding the project from the LUTC.
    • Opening community facing public spaces along the streetside frontage.
    • AVT answering questions.
    • AVT should be included in the PBOT Lloyd Event District Parking Plan.

February 15, 2022 LUTC Minutes

  • Present at today’s meeting:
    • Allan Rudwick
    • Brad Baker
    • Andrew Champion
    • Amelia Harris
    • Don Eiler
    • Jason Cohen
    • Paula
  • Introductions
  • Explanation of what LUTC does for new guests interested in the LUTC
  • PBOT guest speaker is not coming tonight due to illness
  • Discussion re: short term rental application at Rodney & Ivy (3412 NE Rodney)
    • LUTC historically has not taken a public position on STRs
    • Concern from guest about new STR application at that address representing that the owner lives on the premises but is not actually on site.
    • Based on the application, it sounds like it will be a “boarding house” style rental
    • Discussion about letting BDS know if there was a misrepresentation in the application
    • Paula going to reach out to zoning planner regarding a potential meeting/sit-down
  • Tax Appraisal Update
    • Houses in Eliot showing low tax rates due to low assessed values
    • Underutilized land in Eliot across the board—how to explore this.
  • Graham Lot Split Discussion
    • Will be done on a 100’ by 150’ lot
    • Will write the city a letter in support – Brad

December 13, 2021 LUTC Minutes

  • Present at meeting:
    • Allan Rudwick
    • Brad Baker
    • Andrew Champion
    • Jason Cohen
    • Ali Sadri
    • Thomasina Gabriele
    • Bob Gravely

Legacy Discussion (Represented by Ali Sadri and Thomasina Gabriele)

  • Prior City IMP requirements vs. new City campus zoning requirements going into effect end of 2023.
  • Legacy interaction with ENA will be the same, requirements same.
    • Yearly meetings with neighborhood.
  • Legacy has no plans for future development at Emanuel outside of the (now mostly completed) Kerby St. building.
    • Kerby St. building is not going to be occupied with tenants until end of 2022 at least.
      • Parking is not being used either.
  • Discussion about setback requirements—no major change here with transition from IMP to new campus zoning.
    • Legacy cannot build any significant height near sidewalk.

Kerby RFP

  • General sentiment of support from Legacy representatives.

Pacific Power (Represented by Bob Gravely)

  • PP is headed toward demolition of Knott St. building.
    • Putting out bid for demolition
    • Brick crumbling, lead paint, asbestos.
    • Graffiti removal.
    • Substation no longer housed inside.
  • PP is going to put more substation equipment in place of building.
  • PP looking for ways to integrate with neighborhood—landscaping?
    • Underground substation probably not an option.
  • Discussion about sanctioned graffiti.
  • Viewing site from satellite view—seeing lots of unused space.  Discussion about parceling off unused land for retail, housing, park, etc.
    • PP representative will look into this.
  • PP representative will try and bring back some drawings to us.

Event District Parking

  • Eliot up to Russell being included in parking study for event parking.
  • Eliot will be included in next year’s N Portland parking study.

Lloyd meters 2 hrs. to 5 hrs.

Historical Traffic Diversion in Boise Neighborhood, Installed and Uninstalled

During the pandemic, I have been doing a lot of reading about the history of my neighborhood, Eliot. I came across a number of plans from the 1960’s and 1970’s that affected inner North Portland. Joseph Cortright put together a 3-part series on how the Oregon Department of Transportation destroyed Albina, the biggest cultural center for Black Portlanders at the time. At the same time, Emanuel Hospital was expanded intentionally into the area between N Williams and N Kerby all the way to I-5/I-405. This was presaged by a short study called the Central Albina Study which recommended most of what is now the Eliot Neighborhood be demolished for Industry. Warehouses were recommended west of MLK Jr Blvd and South of N Fremont. This was later amended to west of N Williams avenue.

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ODOT Teases New Highway Covers Options

For many years, The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been planning to do a major widening of I-5 through the “Rose Quarter” (underneath the Flint, Broadway, Weidler, Williams, and Vancouver bridges). This project will be at least $800 Million and cause severe disruption to the southern Eliot Neighborhood if built. Recently,

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What’s so Scary about RIP? Residential Infill Project – Part Two

The City of Portland initiated the Residential Infill Project (RIP) to enable the development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Air B-and-B type units on properties zoned “exclusively” for single-family homes.  The logic was that this zoning was intentionally discriminatory.  Although it does prevent the development of duplexes and other multi-unit buildings, it is arguable that it was specifically to discriminate against residents without the means to own or rent a single-family home on a single lot. 

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Does Portland have an Appetite for Restitution?

Restitution – noun – the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.

Across the country, movements are underway to give land back to descendants of people who had land taken from them. Urban renewal, freeway construction, and other uses of eminent domain removed people from their property at below-market rates across the country. Locally, the City of Portland, Emanuel Hospital, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others had a hand in a number of these actions in and around our neighborhood. Several large top-down projects cut pieces out of a thriving majority-black neighborhood. There were many more minor land grabs, as well, which are not well documented, about which I have only learned bits and pieces from my older neighbors. Every time the City proposes a new project in the area, this old history is brought up because the impacted residents don’t want the City to forget and because until we make amends, we cannot move forward.

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Watch This Space for a New Art Installation

By Sue Stringer and Mike Warwick

North Russell at MLK Blvd

Do you recognize this building? In the past years the ENA Board has talked about getting a mural or some art installed on this wall. It is where NE Russell Street ends on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Baileywick Properties is working on a new art installation on the building. Stay tuned for more details in the next issue.

Also, in our next issue, we will have a map of all the art and murals in the neighborhood. If you have a favorite mural, we’d like it if you could email a photo and location or just the intersection to news@eliotneighborhood.org and we’ll add it to the map.

An Innovative Home Ownership Option

There isn’t anything about the building at 2021-2025 NE Rodney to indicate it is unconventional, but there is. It is the way the current owners financed its purchase for an affordable price and how that good fortune will be “paid forward.”

Typically, a home is purchased on a “fee simple” basis. You own the home, the land it sits on, and are free to do with it what you will – within the limits of local zoning and building regulations. One of the most important benefits of this form of ownership is that the owner is entitled to all profits upon the sale of the home.

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What’s So Scary about RIP?

Previous editions of the Eliot News have discussed Portland’s new, and novel, Residential Infill Project (RIP). On paper, it changes the zoning code to allow “higher” density development on what we normally consider single-family lots and associated neighborhoods. The objective is to address the “missing middle” of housing options between single-family homes and large apartment blocks by mixing other multi-family dwelling types amongst single-family homes. Two of the obvious examples of this are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and “flag” lots, both of which incorporate new dwelling units on a single lot.

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