The Eliot Land Use & Transportation committee has had a busy few months. We have a few new energetic members, and we have been busy discussing projects as well.
On the transportation side of things, we have been discussing the possibility of installing a parking permit district in southern Eliot. I am really curious to hear what you think of this. This doesn’t affect me personally, as I live on a block that would be outside of this district. I live on a block that seems to have enough space for everyone to park most of the time. However I realize that there are some who park on the next block over every day, and they feel like it is a problem for them to park on a regular basis.
There are two new proposals for changes to zoning codes in residential zones; Better Housing by Design and the Residential Infill project. The recently (almost) completed Comprehensive Plan process changed “zoning;” where housing, commercial, and industrial uses can be located and the level of development intensity in each. Residential zones are split between “single family” zones (R2.5, R5, and R10) and “multi-family zones” (R3, R2, R1, and RH) – each zone is listed from lowest to highest development density. Roughly half of Eliot’s residential lots are expected to be rezoned to R 2.5 from the current R2 zone. The rest of Eliot’s residential zones are R 2 or higher. In addition, most of the properties along MLK and Williams/Vancouver are zoned CM for mixed use projects up to 65’ tall.
Another turn around the sun and a number of new buildings coming to Eliot. We’ve got a bunch of under-construction projects, including two projects on MLK – Cascadia’s Garlington Center at NE Morris Street (housing and social services) and PCRI’s C-shaped building a few blocks up between Cook and Ivy. There are also two projects going up in the southern Vancouver/Williams Corridor- 160 Units at Hancock and another 45 on Vancouver near Page. A co-housing complex is going up at 20 NE Tillamook and Bridge Housing is proposing a 4-story building at Williams and Tillamook as well.
A Community-led Effort to Develop the Vacant Block on the Legacy Emanuel Campus
On August 1, 2017, Prosper Portland, the City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Legacy Health announced a collaborative project to develop the Hill Block property. All three have agreed to work together to facilitate a community-driven process that will determine a community vision and development proposal for the vacant site.
Rebuilding Together Portland is a nonprofit organization that assists low-income homeowners with home repairs at no cost to the homeowner. We help the elderly, people with disabilities, families with children, and Veterans throughout the City. Repairs span from carpentry, plumbing, and electrical, to painting, debris removal, and more. We complete most the work on the National Rebuild Day- the last weekend of April; and right now, we are looking for homeowners who we can assist on April 28th, 2018!