Affordable housing part of new park site

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in 2016, May 2016 | 0 comments

The Memo recently obtained a copy of a project proposal for the Portland Development Commission-owned mixed-use acre of land adjacent to the new Gateway Discovery Park on Northeast Halsey Street at 106th Avenue in east Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood. The proposal features three stories of 40 residential housing units—all slated for low-income...
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Students help build school garden

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

On one of last month’s few sunny Saturdays, more than 100 volunteers, including second-graders Zaid Zerierk, left, and Adan Martinez, showed up to help build, then install a student garden at Menlo Park Elementary School. Intended to be part of the school’s science curriculum, students, siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators...
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Mid-county schools’ winter activities roundup

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

At the end of each quarter, the Memo marks the successes of area students and athletic teams. If we missed someone, let us know. E-mail or call 503-287-8904. When you encounter young people in this community, know you are meeting some of Portland’s best and brightest. Academics Mid-county student athletes excel in the...
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Art for new parks chosen, groundbreaking set for June

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

Last month, the Memo reported the status of the design and construction timing of Gateway Discovery Park for which there will be a public groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. (“Halsey/Weidler couplet work update” MCM March 2016). So what’s new? Portland’s 2 Percent for Arts Program funds a steel-and stained-glass sculpture...
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Equal representation act signature gathering continues

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

Last month, Portland Community Equality Act chief petitioner Collene Swenson (“Sign here … please” MCM October 2015) said that not only are they still gathering signatures but also that more neighborhood associations are endorsing the act and helping. “We have more neighborhood associations coming forward and helping,” she said in an email....
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Flashing crosswalks installation update

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

The seven east Portland on-demand beacon crosswalks that were listed as disabled (“Stalled demand/beacon crosswalk installations” MCM February 2016) have all been activated within the past one-and-a-half months, and all appear to be operative at press time, including a storied one at Northeast 117th Avenue at Glisan Street. The Memo has learned...
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PDC presents five-year plan for Gateway

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

Last month, Portland Development Commission’s Susan Kuhn told a sparsely attended Gateway Area Business Association meeting about PDC’s plans for the area’s final five years as an urban renewal district. Project manager Kuhn spoke from a slide presentation highlighting the Gateway Action Plan (AP) that included three regional foci: The...
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Bicycle Lanes Blowout Business’ Parking

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in 2016, April | 1 comment

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Development Commission—whose offices are in downtown Portland—have decided to continue with their original plans to add protected bicycle lanes along N.E. Halsey and Weidler streets between 102nd and 112th avenues. Protected bicycle lanes hug pedestrian sidewalks on the outside and are...
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Princess Picks Display East Portland’s Diversity

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in 2016, April | 0 comments

This year’s Rose Festival Court draws a diverse group of young women from east Portland. Parkrose High School students selected Melissa Ibrahim, 17. Born in California, the Parkrose senior is a competitive swimmer and member of the school’s water polo team. She acts in school plays and sings in the choir and with the Debonaires. Ibrahim said she...
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Changes threaten neighborhood livability

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in 2016, April | 3 comments

“Neighborhood by neighborhood, we should take care of what we have and invest in the plans and hopes for Portland neighborhoods that they’ve established for themselves.” —Mayor Charlie Hales, from his 2015 State of the City address If City Council approves two Argay Terrace neighborhood zone changes in the final version of the 2035 Comprehensive...
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Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in 2016, March 2016 | 0 comments

The Mid-county Memo strives to be accurate and thorough in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904 or e-mail Department Editor Darlene Vinson at In the January 2016 article “Castlegate apartments approved,” we got the photo captions wrong, misidentifying Bill...
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Parkrose’s Krening scores goal of four-year college scholarship

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in 2016, March 2016 | 0 comments

In front of friends, family, coaches, teachers and media, Parkrose High School soccer standout Jada Krening signed a letter of intent to play at Oregon State University on February 3, National Letter of Intent day, in return for a four-year scholarship. “I feel so loved right now,” Krening said after remarks by her coaches at the event held at...
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