PDC gives Halsey businesses $10,000 to improve their look

by on May 6, 2015 | 0 comments

This month, the Portland Development Commission is launching a pilot program on Northeast Halsey Street to improve businesses along the corridor. Called the Commercial District Improvement Pilot Program, PDC is granting $10,000 to five to seven businesses chosen from a pool of applicants to perform innovative improvements on their stores. To spearhead the pilot project, PDC hired Seanette Corkill, owner of retail design firm FrontdoorBack, as...
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Two vie for Parkrose school board

by on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

In Mid-county’s only contested school board election this May, voters choose between Joshua Singleton and Dave Carter for a four-year term on the Parkrose Board of Education. The seat is open because incumbent Thuy Tran, who was elected in 2013 to a two-year term after being appointed to the seat, decided not to run for re-election. Asked why, without elaboration, Tran said in an email, “I will not run for re-election as a Parkrose School...
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East Portland diversity reflected on Rose Court

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

A diverse group of young women on the 2015 Portland Rose Festival court represents Mid-Multnomah County. The first is Amber Shackleford of Madison High School. The 18-year-old senior is a National Honor Society member, an AP Scholar, a Mathlete and the winner of an excellence in chemistry award. She runs track and cross country for the Senators and is co-editor in chief of the yearbook. She has designed t-shirts, posters and logos as a graphic...
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East Portland citizens want to secede

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Stymied in their first attempt to de-annex a significant portion of the city of Portland, three east Portland citizens have vowed to rewrite their recently rejected petition, reformat the demand into an initiative petition, and gather the 31,345 signatures needed to land it on the November 2016 ballot. The target area, roughly from the Columbia River to the edge of Happy Valley, west to just above Lents, and from Northeast 82nd Avenue to the...
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Community builders shape our neighborhood

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

This month, with our profile on Beverly Fischer, we continue our occasional series profiling Mid-county Memo community builders who give Mid-county its character by lending us some of theirs. Their decades-long sedulous work at hundreds of businesses, government entities and non-profits in east Portland builds our area’s identity. Their competent, professional and reliable presence radiates confidence in their institutions and our community....
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First tenants move into Gilman Court April 15

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Work crews will wrap up construction on Gilman Court by April 7, with the first tenants expected to move into their new apartments on April 15, according to Laura Recko, public relations director for REACH Community Development Corporation, the nonprofit that owns and developed the building. The 60-unit building for low-income seniors 55 or over at 610 N.E. 99th Ave. had received about 65 rental applications by mid-March, Recko said. REACH...
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Rose Apartments open

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The first tenants start moving into the Rose West building, 9700 N.E. Everett Ct., of the new Rose Apartment complex April 1, with more move-ins staggered throughout the month. Rose East, 9850 N.E. Everett Ct., the last completed structure in the 90-unit, $10.5 million complex, begins receiving tenants May 1, with full occupancy expected by May 31. The grand opening of the two four-story buildings at 328 N.E. 97th Ave. is May 6 at the site....
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Dangerous Parkrose intersection gets improvements

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently started studies to improve the intersection of Northeast Sandy Boulevard (also known as U.S. Highway 30) and 105th Avenue. The area ranks in the top 5 percent of the highest crash corridors on state highways. When completed, the design and construction of the project will cost $504,000. Work crews will begin improvements in fall 2016, expecting to finish in three months. “The construction...
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Beech Park designs presented to community

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Last month, in three distinct shapes, the design of the grassy field that will evolve into Beech Park emerged from the drawing board. Landscape architects from 2.ink Studio, the firm contracted to design the park for Portland Parks and Recreation, presented the three possible designs for the public to ponder and review at an open house February 26 at Shaver Elementary School. The new park will be located on 15.7 acres of former farmland that...
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East Portland schools’ activities roundup

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

At the end of each school quarter, the Memo marks the successes of area students and athletic teams. If we missed someone, let us know by e-mailing editor@midcountymemo.com or calling 503-287-8904. When you encounter young people in this community, know you are meeting some of Portland’s best and brightest. Academic All-Stars Mid-county student athletes excel in the classroom. The OSAA Academic All-Star program recognizes teams with a combined...
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Powell-Division rapid transit line leans toward 82nd as crossover point

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The proposed Powell-Division Transit and Development Project creates a rapid bus line traveling 15 miles along Southeast Powell Boulevard, starting at Portland State University and Oregon Health and Sciences University in the west and terminating at Mt. Hood Community College in the east. The public and a 21-member steering committee of officials and community representatives are leaning heavily toward Southeast 82nd Avenue as the point at...
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City prepares unsatisfying meal for neighbors 

by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

It was an oft-used recipe from the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement cookbook. In late February, ONI Liquor Licensing Program Coordinator Mike Boyer prepared and served Jody’s neighbors this hot, spicy heartburn-inducing dish. Neighbors are fighting to keep from eating another strip club. A good chef always does their mise en place first: • Mingle new strip club owners together with proximate homeowners and Oregon Liquor Control...
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