Trader Joe's has decided not to open a store at MLK & Alberta. Read more here.
African-American community leaders say that Trader Joe's was never the problem. They want to change the way the PDC gathers community input and makes decisions. Read more here.
"Majestic Realty, the California-based company behind an $8 million Trader Joe's development in Northeast Portland, said Portland firm Colas Construction will serve as the general contractor firm for the project."
Read the full story in the Oregonian.
Caution, don't visit the Vintage Portland blog unless you want to fall into a black hole of Portland history.
But, if that sounds like fun to you, check out these photos of northeast Portland in the olden days.
Courtesy of Vintage Portland and the City of Portland Archives, here are a locations you may recognize...
The newly restored Door of Hope church, which occupies the old Zion church building at NE 9th and Fremont, will open for services on February 2. Here's the announcement from pastor Josh White.
Local historian Doug Decker has posted a great article and photos of the church on his Alameda Old House History blog.
On Dec. 13, the city of Portland notified Sabin Community Association’s Land Use and Transportation subcommittee that its proposed design for pedestrian crosswalks and storm-water abatement on Fremont Street next to Irving Park has been approved for permits. Construction could begin this winter and be completed by spring.
“This has been a long process for Sabin Community Association, the city and for WB Wells and Associates, our civil engineers just up the road,” explains Sabin resident Trent Thelen.
Almost five years ago, Thelen and other Sabin neighbors began working through SCA’s Land Use and Transportation subcommittee to address two problems: a lack of crosswalks on Fremont connecting the Sabin neighborhood to Irving Park, and flooding in the street after a heavy rain due to inadequate storm
The subcommittee proposed creating a Green Street project along Fremont using funding available through the city of Portland’s 1 Percent for Green grant program. The program is sponsored through the city’s Bureau of Environmental Services and is funded by system development charges, which developers pay to the city as part of their permit fees.
The Fremont Green Street project consists of building three sets of crosswalks and a series of bioswales — attractive plantings that manage rainwater runoff. Crosswalks would be connected to curb extensions of sidewalks, shortening the time pedestrians are actually in the street. Curb extensions make pedestrians
who are attempting to cross a street more visible to motorists and, at the same time, slow down traffic.
According to Thelen, the first curb extensions and crosswalks will be installed at 9th Avenue and Fremont, then similar installations will be built at 8th and 10th avenues later.
“We are expecting to solicit contractors early this new year and break ground late winter to early spring,” Thelen reports. “Many have seen that once we solicit bids, these Green Street structures are installed relatively quickly.”
Sabin Community Association plans to solicit donations of supplies and plant materials from local nurseries and supply yards. The association hopes to recruit neighborhood volunteers to do the planting. Watch for further information on how your family can contribute to this cool Sabin project!
- Randy Ward
"A handful of developers are gobbling up the smaller houses at a heart-stopping rate... Many of us in the area are increasingly distressed by the speed at which such development is occurring, changing the nature of the neighborhood we have lived in and loved for so many years."
Read the entire article by Annette Carter and Frank Granshaw, who have lived on NE 50th Ave for 22 years, published recently in the Portland Tribune.
On January 8, the Sabin Land Use & Transportation Committee will be considering plans to divide several lots in our neighborhood.
The owner of the corner lot at the SW corner of 16th and Failing (3835 NE 16th) would like to partition the lot into two smaller lots. A demolition permit has already been issued for the existing house on the lot. The Sabin Community Association is entitled to comment on the owner’s proposal to divide the lot before the City makes a decision.
The owner of two lots on 14th between Fremont and Beech would like to subdivide them to make a total of four smaller lots. We understand that he intends to build two duplexes on the lots. He wants to talk to the Sabin Community Association about his plans. The Sabin Community Association will be entitled to comment on his proposal when he eventually submits it to the City.
The Sabin Land Use & Transportation Committee will be meeting on January 8, at 7:00 pm in the upstairs conference room at the Whole Foods on 15th & Fremont. Everyone is invited to come and participate in the discussion.
The committee’s regularly scheduled meeting on January 1 has been cancelled. Happy New Year to everyone!
"The number of single-family home demolitions has skyrocketed since the end of the recession. City regulators have approved more than 230 demolitions so far this year, up 40 percent from all of 2011. Now neighbors are pushing back, arguing they deserve ample advance warning when a house is about to come down." Read the full story in the Oregonian.
Ben Kaiser is moving ahead with building an 85' condo building on N. Williams, despite pleas from neighbors to scale it back a bit. Read more about the man and his mission in this story from the Oregonian.