Vandalism blows Windscape Away

by on Oct 24, 2014 | 0 comments

We got a call recently from reader John Chinakos.

He wanted to know what happened to the array of red poles in the traffic jug handle at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street at the edge of the Parkrose Heights neighborhood that city workers removed recently.

An array of 51 20 foot poles called Windscape were at this stormwater retention facility, or jughandle, at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street before they were removed by the city because of vandalism. Designed to symbolize the junction of E. Burnside St. and 102nd Avenue, with federal matching funds, the Portland Development Commission paid about $100,000 for the project, with $10,000 for the plastic poles.

Before they were removed by the city because of vandalism, an array of 51 20 foot poles called Windscape were at this stormwater retention facility, or jug handle, at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street.

Chinakos’ call was not unique.

We got a call recently from reader John Chinakos. He wanted to know what happened to the array of red poles in the traffic jug handle at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street at the edge of the Parkrose Heights neighborhood that city workers removed recently. Chinakos’ call was not unique. Since its creation in late 2008, and despite a half-dozen Lee Perlman reports of its evolution and a front-page feature when it was being...
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Halsey-Weidler Corridor Work Group Applies for Two PDC Grants

by on Oct 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Tackling the task of how to breathe both charm and safety into the business corridor stretching between Northeast 102nd and 112th avenues, on Northeast Halsey and Weidler streets, the Halsey-Weidler work group met several times in September, tweaking their ideas for two grants they hope to receive.

One grant for $23,000 would add several benches and trashcans along the corridor. A second for $44,000 would fund a design process, including extensive outreach to ensure full community feedback, for the east triangle at Northeast 112th and Halsey Street.

Possible designs for benches along Halsey Street from Northeast 102nd to 112th if a grant the Halsey-Weidler work group submitted is approved.

Possible designs for benches along Halsey Street from Northeast 102nd to 112th if a grant the Halsey-Weidler work group submitted is approved.

Tackling the task of how to breathe both charm and safety into the business corridor stretching between Northeast 102nd and 112th avenues, on Northeast Halsey and Weidler streets, the Halsey-Weidler work group met several times in September, tweaking their ideas for two grants they hope to receive. One grant for $23,000 would add several benches and trashcans along the corridor. A second for $44,000 would fund a design process, including...
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2035 Comprehensive Plan Draft Hearing Tonight

by on Oct 2, 2014 | 0 comments

The public is invited to share what they think of development in their neighborhoods and their comments about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft in person with planners at four upcoming public hearings hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Commission.

The public is invited to share comments about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft in person with planners at four upcoming public hearings hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Commission. The second hearing is Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Parkrose High School Community Center, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

Share comments about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Parkrose High School Community Center, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

The second hearing is Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Parkrose High School Community Center, 12003 N.E. Shaver St.

The public is invited to share what they think of development in their neighborhoods and their comments about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft in person with planners at four upcoming public hearings hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Commission. The second hearing is Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Parkrose High School Community Center, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. According to bureau planners, Portland’s new...
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August 2014 Mid-county Memo

by on Aug 9, 2014 | 0 comments

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

an east Portland pools free-swim guide

COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION

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.

The August issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online this week. 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...
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Development roils Argay neighborhood

by on Jun 19, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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 overwhelming rejections by the Argay Neighborhood Association of Antonsen’s plans mitigating the development’s impact, they might be right. Because now, after the...
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Glendoveer Woods offers mixed-use units near light rail

by on Jun 13, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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. The 106,000-square-foot Glendoveer Woods Apartment complex, 333 N.E. 146th Ave., has 135 parking spaces on its...
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June 2014 Mid-county Memo

by on Jun 3, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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 Weidler 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...
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Argay Terrace development plan adjusted

by on May 16, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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. Antonsen presented his original plan for the Castlegate Apartments, a 51-unit complex at the November 2013 Argay Neighborhood Association general...
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April Mid-county Memo posted online

by on Apr 5, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

The April 2014 issue posted online last week, here are April’s feature stories and Departments: 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...
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New parks for you!

by on Feb 1, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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. Fritz’s decision was announced Thursday, Jan. 30, at the future site of the Gateway Urban Plaza at...
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