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August 2014 Mid-county Memo

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

The August issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online this week.

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This month’s feature stories are:

The Halsey-Weidler corridor Working Group got a pleasant surprise when Portland Development Commission representatives told them money for improvements tripled; obituaries on Dr. Leo J. Freiermuth and Joel Caldera; an east Portland pools free-swim guide; after more than five decades, Parkrose tire king Bob Brown retires, and finally this month, a Parkrose Heights brain tumor survivor walks for a cure.

In addition to this month’s feature stories, August Departments–Memo Calendar, Memo Pad, Business Memos, and the Meals on Wheels monthly menu, are full of news about east Portland.


Development roils Argay neighborhood

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Argay Terrace residents are protective of their neighborhood’s character.

They think developer Chet Antonsen, who owns MonteVista Homes in Bend, will smear it when he builds his Castlegate Apartment complex on three-acres of former farmland at its edge.

After two rejections by the Argay Neighborhood Association of his plans to develop three-acres of former farmland, Chet Antonsen, pictured here at an Argay meeting in 2013, said he will build row houses on the parcel rather than make another attempt to get neighborhood support for his mitigation plans.

After two rejections by the Argay Neighborhood Association of his plans to develop three-acres of former farmland, Chet Antonsen, pictured here at an Argay meeting in 2013, said he will build row houses on the parcel rather than make another attempt to get neighborhood support for his mitigation plans.

After two overwhelming rejections by the Argay Neighborhood Association of Antonsen’s plans mitigating the development’s impact, they might be right.


Glendoveer Woods offers mixed-use units near light rail

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Construction is underway for a new apartment complex in Hazelwood that will include features for people with disabilities in each of its 112 units. Workers broke ground in January and expect to finish the project by January 2015. The complex, which lies between Northeast Glisan and East Burnside streets, is close to MAX light rail.

GRAPHIC COURTESY STUDIO 3 ARCHITECTUREAn overhead view of Glendoveer Woods, the new apartment complex that broke ground on 146th Avenue between Northeast Glisan and East Burnside streets in January. The 112-unit complex features universal design features for people with disabilities.

The 106,000-square-foot Glendoveer Woods Apartment complex, 333 N.E. 146th Ave., has 135 parking spaces on its three-acre site. Its developer, Wilsonville’s Marathon Development and Acquisition Company, received a ten-year tax exemption from city council in March 2012 for including 20 percent affordable units. Families or individuals must be at or below 60 percent of median family income to quality for those units.


June 2014 Mid-county Memo

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The June issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online last week.

This month’s feature stories are: Architects present designs for the Gateway business corridor–Halsey and WeidlHands-on demonstrations at the annual Women in Trades Career Fair last month introduced more than 1,200 girls to the skilled trades as a career option. Portland General Electric taught utility pole climbing; Portland Water Bureau workers showed fair-goers how to shut off a broken water main, and Skanska representatives helped students build birdhouses as an introduction to carpentry. er streets from 102 to 112th avenues; Gateway’s homeless population is growing, and  a report on the annual Women in Trades Career Fair.

In addition to this month’s feature stories, the June Departments–Calendar, Memo Pad, Business Memos, Meals on Wheels Monthly Menu, and Letters to the Editor– are full of news about east Portland.

Furthermore, check out east Portland Oregon Lottery retailers monthly take and rake in Mid-county.


Argay Terrace development plan adjusted

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Developer Chet Antonsen submitted an adjusted plan to the city for three-acres of former farmland in east Portland’s Argay Terrace neighborhood. “You really can’t get a development that is more neighborhood-friendly, in my opinion,” Antonsen said in a telephone interview.

Developer Chet Antonsen talks about his plans for three acres of former farmland at the November 2013 Argay Neighborhood Association meeting.

Developer Chet Antonsen talks about his plans for three acres of former farmland at the November 2013 Argay Neighborhood Association meeting.

Antonsen presented his original plan for the Castlegate Apartments, a 51-unit complex at the November 2013 Argay Neighborhood Association general membership meeting attended by more than 140 people (“Argay Angry over farmland development,” MCM January 2014). “It wasn’t a productive meeting,” Antonsen said.


April Mid-county Memo posted online

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The April 2014 issue posted online last week, here are April’s feature stories and Departments:

2014 Madison High School's Rose Festival court

East Portland princesses–from Madison, Parkrose and David Douglas high schools–were picked last month.

A new development is roiling neighbors in the outer Northeast Glenfair neighborhood.

The Parkrose School district passes on putting a local option levy on May’s ballot.

The Portland Development Commission spent $67,000 on a series of workshops for Gateway property and business owners.

A round-up of results from Mid-county winter high school sports and activities.

Joe Rossi cancels the Barn Bash, his popular annual party in Parkrose.


New parks for you!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

It’s official, Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks & Recreation head Amanda Fritz has announced she wants to build two new parks in Mid-county by 2017: the first at the Beech Park property site in the Argay Terrace neighborhood of Parkrose, the second at the Gateway Urban Plaza property near the Gateway Transit Center.

Beech Park, adjacent to Shaver Elementary school, and in the Argay Terrace neighborhood of Parkrose, is 16-acres of former farmland to be fully developed by 2017.Fritz’s decision was announced Thursday, Jan. 30, at the future site of the Gateway Urban Plaza at Northeast Halsey Street between Northeast 104th and Northeast 106th avenues.

Click here to see Gateway Park development plans.


Parkrose builds a middle school

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Parkrose School District officials arranged a public tour of the construction work underway at the new Parkrose Middle School and work completed at the district admin building and at Shaver and Sacramento elementary schools in January.

Dan Hess, associate principal at Dull Olsen Weekes Architects, leads the tour of construction progress at various sites in the Parkrose School District. He lists features of the new multi-purpose room at Sacramento Elementary in this photo.

With a little help from representatives from the construction firms that did the work, Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray and Dan Hess, associate principal at Dull Olsen Weekes IBI Group Architects, the district’s designer for the bond work, conducted the tour.

Chauffeured to sites in a school bus, about two dozen people showed up to see what their tax money is buying.


Argay Terrace neighbors angry about development

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

More than 140 people crowded into the classroom at Portland Fire & Rescue Station 02 to hear Chet Antonsen’s development plans for three acres of farmland in Argay Terrace at November’s Argay Neighborhood Association meeting.

The atmosphere was tense.

Not only does Argay Terrace resident Maureen Lynch strenuously object to builder Chet Antonsen's development, but also opening the dead-end street her home is on.Following presentation of the development plans, Antonsen fielded questions from audience members.

Concerned about the development’s effect on property values and livability with increased traffic, residents were not happy; furthermore, they were not inclined to take the builder’s word for anything.

After Antonsen, new ANA board member and real estate expert Al Brown showed how easy it is for the city to open every dead-end street in Argay when adjoining farmland is developed.


December edition posted

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The December 2013 edition posted online last week.

Earl Eggleson and the people living at 3728 N.E. 115th Avenue have no legal right to be there, say neighbors and police; however, since the owner is deceased and his heirs "gave" the property back to the bank—and they haven't foreclosed yet—only the owner can evict the occupants.

Feature stories include: Parkrose squatters make poor neighbors; Twenty-six facts about the 26th annual Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto; Parkrose Farmers’ market moves to a new home in Gateway; a report on the Synergies project community meeting. Synergies is a project tracking why Parkrose middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math drops off; a roundup of the area’s fall high school athletic and scholastic achievement; looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Hazelwood Plaza developers; the latest county health inspectors report and ratings for east Portland restaurants; and, a new feature: area Oregon Lottery retailer monthly results.