Stalled demand/beacon crosswalk installations

by on Feb 10, 2016 | 0 comments

The following east Portland on-demand beacon crosswalks are disabled and await either a PGE power drop or a Portland Bureau of Transportation drive-by and pick-up of the orange-striped barricade fencing, barrels and pylons currently blocking access by all to the relatively few marked crosswalks on the east side of 82nd Avenue: • Northeast 122nd Avenue at Russell Street •...
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Apartment complex density now the issue

by on Feb 8, 2016 | 0 comments

With a city-approved site plan for his Castlegate Apartments in his pocket, developer Chet Antonsen is now wrangling over how many units the Argay Terrace complex will eventually have and what amenities residents will enjoy. While Antonsen’s plan calls for 56 units in seven buildings (the maximum number of units allowed at R3 density with special considerations and allowances),...
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Powell-Division Bus Rapid Transit crossover decision coming soon

by on Feb 6, 2016 | 1 comment

Approximately 60 people attended an open house January 11 at the Jade/APANO center—the former Banner Furniture store—on Southeast Division Street off 82nd Avenue. The purpose of the open house was to obtain public comments on the proposed 82nd Avenue rapid bus transit crossover route between Northeast Powell and Division streets before an expected decision by TriMet. The plans range...
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Beech Park, Gateway Park (re)named

by on Feb 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Last month, the Memo reported on a Gateway and Beech Parks renaming effort by Portland Parks & Recreation rife with process confusion, secrecy and delay (“Parks process poor on public involvement” MCM January 2015). PP&R Media Relations Officer Mark Ross said via email on this month’s press deadline, the week of January 25th, that “We will not have an...
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Castlegate Apartments approved

by on Jan 21, 2016 | 0 comments

In December, after more than two years, a dozen or so plans by developer Chet Antonsen, dozens of membership meetings, board meetings, and group discussions of the Argay (Terrace) Neighborhood Association, three direct meetings with PBOT engineer Kurt Krueger, and a few emails with Commissioner Steve Novick’s office, Antonsen finally got approval for his plan for the Castlegate Apartments,...
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Ron McCarty, former legislator, dies at 79

by on Jan 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Former state representative and perennial candidate Ron McCarty passed away Nov. 16, 2015.  He was 79. The youngest of six children, Ronald Dale McCarty was born Aug. 13, 1936, near Flaxville, Montana, to Alice Myrtle (Hoff) McCarty and William Raymond McCarty. McCarty’s mother moved to Portland in 1942, where she worked in the shipyards. Later, the family resided in...
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Parks process poor on public involvement

by on Jan 17, 2016 | 0 comments

Last month, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) employees twisted the arms of the Gateway and Argay Terrace neighborhoods … and it hurt. By using a loophole to rename Gateway and Beech parks, they outsmarted east Portlanders, virtually taking their voice out of the process. According to Portland Parks & Recreation’s own public document titled “Policy Name: Naming of Parks,...
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City shifts some development costs

by on Jan 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Memo reader Margot Miller said she thought the proposed Namaste Indian Cuisine restaurant at 10306 N.E. Halsey St. and its owner, Harjinder Chand, were being made to jump through extra hoops to obtain a building permit. This restaurant—slated originally to open in October 2015—has not ‘broken ground’ on its planned renovation under Portland Development Commission’s new storefront pilot project...
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Zigzag crosswalk planned for couplet

by on Jan 13, 2016 | 0 comments

The Halsey/Weidler couplet improvement project plan includes a marked on-demand crosswalk at Northeast 112th Avenue; however, the planned crosswalk goes only halfway across the couplet. Margot Miller, 83 years old and a long-time Gateway resident, lives on trim-kept Northeast 116th Place. She and her neighbors—who know her affectionately as Mrs. Lionel, so called after her husband of 60 years,...
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Scots, Broncos invited to elite hoop tournament

by on Jan 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Last month, the Parkrose Broncos and David Douglas Scots played in the Les Schwab Invitational, Oregon’s premier pre-season high school basketball tourney. The LSI hosts Oregon’s top 6A and 5A basketball teams, as well as teams from Washington. In addition, nationally ranked teams with future college and professional stars are invited. This was Parkrose’s first invite to the 16-team,...
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Parkrose motel becomes oasis for families in transition

by on Jan 9, 2016 | 0 comments

A beacon of hope shines for families with a commitment to improving their lot at the site of the old Value Inn in Parkrose at 11936 N.E. Sandy Blvd. The old Value Inn is the new home of 16 Greater New Hope Family Services–NE Campus transitional housing units, all presently and so far continually occupied by families in transition...
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2035 Comprehensive Plan comment period closes Jan. 7

by on Jan 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Public testimony for the 2035 Portland Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) closes Thursday, Jan. 7, after the final City Council hearing from 6 to 9 p.m. at Self Enhancement Center, Inc., located at 3920 N. Kirby Ave. All forms of testimony—regular mail, email and telephone—must be received no later than the deadline to be considered in the 2035 Plan’s final...
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