Argay Terrace: Portland Has a Plan for Your Future, is it the Future You Want?

by on Oct 31, 2014 | 1 comment

A Letter to the Editor from Argay Neighborhood Association Board Member Al Brown:

Portland is currently in the second phase of its revision of the city-wide 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

The new, 16-acre Beech Park in the Argay Terrace neigborhood is expected to be built-out by 2017, according to parks officials.

The new, 16-acre Beech Park in the Argay Terrace neighborhood is expected to be built-out by 2017, according to parks officials.

It’s not new zoning for the city; however, the plan serves as the general road map city planners follow over the next 20 years when making decisions on zone changes and new land uses.

A Letter to the Editor from Argay Neighborhood Association Board Member Al Brown: Portland is currently in the second phase of its revision of the city-wide 2035 Comprehensive Plan. It’s not new zoning for the city; however, the plan serves as the general road map city planners follow over the next 20 years when making decisions on zone changes and new land uses. While its adoption scheduled for early 2016 does not automatically change...
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82nd Ave. Opportunities Town Hall

by on Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments

On Thursday, Nov. 6th three east Portland legislators host a Town Hall on 82nd Avenue opportunities from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Hall at Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.

On Thursday, Nov. 6th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sen. Michael Dembrow, second from left, and Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, right, are two of three east Portland legislators who are hosting a Town Hall on 82nd Avenue opportunities at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.

On Thursday, Nov. 6th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sen. Michael Dembrow, second from left, and Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, right, are two of three east Portland legislators who are hosting a Town Hall on 82nd Avenue opportunities at Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.

On Thursday, Nov. 6th three east Portland legislators host a Town Hall on 82nd Avenue opportunities from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Hall at Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave. Hosted by state Sen. Michael Dembrow, Reps. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Barbara Smith Warner, the event includes not only a presentation from Oregon Department of Transportation officials on the planning process for a transportation...
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Argay Terrace neighbors, developer reach rapprochement

by on Oct 26, 2014 | 0 comments

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is partly because that is the road they generally start out on.” — Stephen Garrard Post

The day after Al Brown’s unanimous election (5-0) to the Argay Neighborhood Association board, also chair of its Land Use Committee, he got to work on his plan to bring city planners and developer Chet Antonsen closer to the group’s ideals of what they want to see in Antonsen’s Castlegate Apartment development at the neighborhood’s eastern edge.

So far, neither neighbors nor the city approves of Antonsen’s plans to develop three-acres off Northeast 148th Avenue between dead-end streets Morris Court and Rose Parkway.

“If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is partly because that is the road they generally start out on.” — Stephen Garrard Post The day after Al Brown’s unanimous election (5-0) to the Argay Neighborhood Association board, also chair of its Land Use Committee, he got to work on his plan to bring city planners and developer Chet Antonsen closer to the group’s ideals of what they want to see in...
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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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