Madison High Kersey’s last public stop

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For what would be former Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey’s, back row, third from left, final public appearance the day before his premature death, he visited the Madison High School campus (along with former Trail Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant) in recognition of Black History Month in February. Kersey, 52, was a role model whose life and works were a visceral reminder to students of the value of hard work and perseverance.
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Gateway Park and Urban Plaza open house draws neighbors

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Landscape architect Mauricio Villareal stood in front of a room packed with more than 75 neighbors, pointing to slides showing two possible designs for the proposed Gateway Park and Urban Plaza. His talk was part of the community open house Feb. 17 at Sacramento Elementary, held to receive feedback from the public about which designs they liked best and what events and activities they want in the 3.6-acre park that Portland Parks &...
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Rapid Transit coming to Division, Powell

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A steering committee of officials and community representatives are seeking public comments about a proposed route for a rapid bus line running for 15 miles along Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast Division Street. Called the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project, the rapid bus would travel down Southeast Powell Boulevard and, at some still-undecided point, would switch over to Southeast Division Street for the remainder of the...
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Rose Apartments ready to bloom in Gateway URA

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Last month, tours began of a model apartment at the new 90-unit Rose Apartment complex at 328 N.E. 97th Ave. The first tenants move in on April 1. Work crews are currently painting and putting the final changes on the lobbies of the two four-story apartment buildings, Rose East and Rose West, one facing Northeast 97th Avenue and the other facing Northeast 99th Avenue, each with 45 units. Developer Gordon Jones said Princeton Property Management...
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Gilman Court plans July grand opening

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Gilman Court, a new complex for low-income seniors, is on schedule to open in mid-April. To date, about 50 people have applied to lease apartments in the 60-unit building at 610 N.E. 99th Ave. “We’ll cap the number at 150, so we encourage people to apply early if they’re interested,” said Laura Recko, public relations manager for REACH Community Development Corporation, the nonprofit that owns and developed the $15.8 million building. Recko...
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Halsey-Weidler work Group gets grants for benches, trashcans

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Good news arrived for the Halsey-Weidler corridor work group in February when the Portland Development Commission awarded them two grants that they applied for last fall. The first grant, for $20,000, will pay for the purchase and installation of several benches and trashcans along the corridor. The second grant, for $30,000, will fund a planning and design process for the east triangle of the corridor at Northeast 112th and Halsey Street. The...
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Corrections

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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 email department editor Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. In last month’s photo caption for the “Enchanted Castle Comes to Parkrose” Calendar item, we did not identify student Kai Fiser, who was also in the photo. In addition, in February’s Business Memos item “Business...
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Filing deadline for May school board elections March 19

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Elections for school board positions in the Memo’s circulation area is May 19. Qualified voters who desire to be a candidate must file a completed application with the Multnomah County Elections Division by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Applications are available at the Multnomah County Elections Office, 1040 S.E. Morrison St. Applications are also available on the Elections Division website: www.mcelections.org. To date, only incumbents have...
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82nd Avenue coalition group forms

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For the past two years, a grassroots group of residents and business owners living in neighborhoods on or near 82nd Avenue has met each month to discuss and advocate for ways to improve the busy street that divides east Portland from the rest of the city. Calling themselves the 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition, the group has discussed what kinds of transportation changes, sidewalk and street crossing additions, and new businesses they would...
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Neighbors oppose farmland’s mixed employment designation

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The city of Portland is in the final stage of public comment for its updated 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The citywide plan is the long-range plan for all phases of the city’s development—the plan on which the city bases its land use, zoning and transportation planning for the next 20 years. The Argay Neighborhood Association is opposing some of the Comprehensive Plan update’s proposed changes, which would designate about five acres of Rossi...
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Thinning herd forces Elks to sell lodge

by on Feb 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Last month, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Gateway closed the sale of their 30,000 sq. ft. lodge building and the five surrounding acres to the David Douglas School District for $3.8 million. District Communications Specialist Dan McCue said the district is not sure what it will do with the property once they take possession. “Land is scarce in the district, and we’re growing; all of our schools are full, so we know we’ll need...
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City snags development plan

by on Feb 3, 2015 | 1 comment

Last month, most of the seventy people attending the Argay Neighborhood Association general meeting were there to hear an update on Castlegate, the proposed apartment development at the east end of their neighborhood. The three-acres of former farmland lies between the Parkrose Chateau retirement community and Argay Downs condominiums. It connects to Northeast 148th Avenue on the east and abuts dead-end streets Rose Parkway and Morris Court to...
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