Grocery Outlet, Dollar Tree Coming to Parkrose in 2016

by on Jul 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Yesterday, former Parkrose Hardware co-owner Bryan Ableidinger announced he’s applying for a city building permit for a new 22,000 sq. ft. structure for two tenants, Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree. A bank for decades, this Parkrose building, which is currently occupied by Good World Chinese Restaurant & Lounge, closes Sept. 1 for demolition to make way for a new 22,000 sq. ft. structure with a Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree store that are set to open in spring 2016. To make way for the development next to his former concern in the heart of Parkrose, Ableidinger said he plans to demolish the building currently housing Good World Chinese Restaurant & Lounge at 10721 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Mark New of New & Neville Real Estate Services walked into Ableidinger’s hardware store 18 months ago and began a conversation with Ableidinger about developing the parcel. After Ableidinger looked at New & Neville’s work in St. Johns redeveloping a building for an ACE Hardware store and rehabilitating two others for a Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree that face each other on Lombard Street, he was all-in with the real estate service company. “He took that model of neighborhood redevelopment, saw the Good World property, and showed up in the store one day and talked to me about it,” Ableidinger said in a phone interview. “We’re co-redeveloping that property with him.” Ableidinger said he doesn’t know how long the approval for his building permit will take, but Good World closes Sept. 1, which is when demolition of the existing structure will begin, to be followed by site preparation for the new building. Good World owner Wan Su said they found another location nearby for their popular restaurant, but they cannot announce where until they complete negotiations with the property owner. Su said for their customers’ convenience, they plan to stay in the area. Ableidinger said if all goes as planned, groundbreaking will be this fall, with both stores opening spring 2016. “It’s going to be really nice,” Ableidinger said. “I think it’s a great addition. Those two going in there is really going to improve the neighborhood; there’s no grocery anywhere around...
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June 2015 edition posted

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The June 2015 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online. Links to stories and departments are below. With nine-month-old daughter Molly in tow Hazelwood resident Jake Herbst often strolls to the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores near his home to shop. Herbst, a 2003 David Douglas High School graduate said he is looking forward to his first Father’s Day. This month’s front page features a Happy Father’s Day wish for not only cover subject Jake Herbst, but to fathers everywhere. June’s features include a story about Lore Wintergreen—the city’s advocate for the East Portland Action Plan–and whether or not she accused at least one volunteer of racism for requiring EPAP grantees to fill out IRS forms. East Portland activist Collene Swenson is interviewed to find out what her next move is after the attempt to get a ballot measure to de-annex east Portland failed; now it’s city commissioner’s election by geographic representation. David Douglas School District educator Kevin Topolski was named Teacher of the Year by OnPoint Community Credit Union. Marking the Memo’s 30th anniversary, we sample what the paper covered in its first edition and provide updates. In addition, we publish Bruce McCain’s, Gloria Ross’s and Marjorie Bean’s obituaries. In addition to the feature stories, our monthly departments are: Meals on Wheels monthly menu, Memo Pad, Memo Calendar, Business Memos Furthermore, we have Oregon Lottery and Multnomah County Health Department restaurant inspection results. Happy reading.  ...
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Halsey-Weidler work group seeks variances for trashcans, benches

by on May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Seven new trashcans and five benches might appear in front of businesses along the Halsey-Weidler corridor as early as June, according to Tom Badrick, a member of the Halsey-Weidler corridor work group. Benches similar to these could appear in the Halsey-Weidler corridor from Northeast 102nd to 112th avenues as early as June. During the past weeks, Halsey-Weidler corridor work group members discussed with each other, by e-mail and in person, the optimal number of cans and benches to purchase. “It’s been absolutely unanimous,” said Badrick, referring to the final numbers selected. The street furniture will be purchased and installed with $20,000 the group received from the Portland Development Commission‘s Community Livability Grant Program in February. Badrick and others in the group have been busy requesting different business owners to place a bench or trash can in front of their stores. Before the furniture can be installed, the placement must be approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which owns the public sidewalks. “The city has a very detailed but organized process by which you can put things on sidewalks,” Badrick said. “They’ve got different rules for different sidewalks.” He explained that the smallest sidewalk the city allows installations on is 10 feet wide. Along the corridor (Northeast 102nd to 112th Avenues), the sidewalks are six and eight feet wide. Almost anything the group proposed related to sidewalks will be variances to city rules. Badrick is currently working on obtaining individual permit applications for the PBOT variance. Trashcans similar to these could appear in the Halsey-Weidler corridor from Northeast 102nd to 112th avenues as early as June. Even though certain businesses have agreed to host trashcans or benches, Badrick said, “I’m not going to promise anything for some of those facilities because [the PBOT] may just say no.” If a business is on private property, those rules do not apply, so Badrick has located some businesses that will place the items in a parking lot or next to the public sidewalk. When the work group met in March, they voted to select Sea Reach, a Sheridan, Oregon, company to design and build the benches and Landscape Forms in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to manufacture the trashcans. Halsey-Weidler corridor group member Tom Badrick, right, said not only will benches and trashcans will be coming to the Halsey-Weidler corridor, but a rain garden and public space is also being designed at the corridor’s east end on 112th Avenue. In the past few weeks, members of the work group met with Sea Reach to walk the corridor and talk about possible designs for those benches. Most of the possible designs for the benches were already discussed and approved at the March meeting. If the PBOT...
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Rose Apartments holds grand opening May 6

by on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The grand opening for the new The Rose Apartments complex is Wednesday, May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. at the building, 328 N.E. 97th Ave. Tours of the $10.5 million complex are held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Rose Apartments developer holds a grand-opening celebration Wednesday, May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. In January, workers put the finishing touches on the Rose East. Lunch is served at noon. Speakers at the event are Bob Stacey and Carlotta Colette, councilors from Metro; Julian Detweiler from the Mayor Hale’s office; Andrew Aebi,LID coordinator with the Portland Bureau of Transportation; Justin Douglas with the Portland Development Commission; Monte Silliman with Riverview Bank; and “perhaps someone from the Portland Housing Bureau  and the Bureau of Environmental Services,” said Gordon Jones, The Rose Apartments’ developer. “We are currently 70 percent leased.” The Rose West building of the  complex welcomed tenants  beginning April 1. Rose East, the second of the 90-unit complex to be constructed,  has started receiving leasing applications that have been approved for move-ins. Jones created  40 percent of the units as restricted income apartments in order to receive a ten-year tax abatement from the Portland Housing Bureau, although the agency only required 20 percent of the  income-restricted units. In January, developer Gordon Jones, left, surveys the work in progress on the Rose West Michele Lovin, a portfolio manager at Princeton Property Management, said by the end of April there were 23 occupied units in the Rose West building with another 9 move-ins scheduled before May 1. “We have had an amazingly smooth and successful lease up,” Lovin said. “We have another 10 renting applicants that will be scheduling their move-in upon approval.” Out of the 45 units in the west  building only three market rent units were  available at the end of April. In the Rose East  building her company had 24 approved applications with reservation deposits who will be moving in upon receiving certificates of occupancy.  Another 14 applications  were in the screening process; half had been approved and were waiting on the reservation deposit. Out of the 45 units in the East building,  10 were available at at the end of April —  two  studios and seven one bedroom apartments.  One of the two studios is an income restricted unit. The current rents for income restricted units are: studios: $697 including utilities; one bedroom units: $734 including utilities; and two-bedroom units with one bath: $877 including utilities. Current rents for market rate units: are studios:  $720 to $740 plus utilities at $35 per month; one-bedroom units: $895 to $960 plus utilities at $40 per month; two bedrooms with one bath: $995 to $1150 plus utilities at...
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Group Selects Trashcans, Benches for Halsey-Weidler Corridor

by on Apr 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Members of the Halsey-Weidler corridor work group showed up on March 12 at a Riverview Bank conference room to talk trash. Trashcans, that is, along with benches.   The group selected a stylish, smoothly tapered trashcan with a single side opening manufactured by landscapeforms, a company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Called the “Austin,” they cost about $1,300 each.   Choosing favorites among four competing trashcans and benches was not easy for the outspoken group that has met regularly since last spring. In the end, they split their choice between a bench from a local company and a trash can from the Midwest. The Portland Development Commission awarded the work group a grant of $20,000 in February to pay for the purchase and installation of the benches and trashcans along the Halsey-Wielder corridor. The grant was part of PDC’s Community Livability Grant Program, a competitive program available throughout the Gateway Regional Center Urban Renewal Area. Last fall, group members had narrowed down the selection of the cans and benches to two cans from two separate companies and two benches from two other companies. In a 7–4 vote, the group selected a stylish, smoothly tapered trashcan with a single side opening manufactured by landscapeforms, a company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The minority voters wanted a sturdier-looking but more prosaic slatted can manufactured by Columbia Cascade Company in Vancouver, Washington. Munching on pizza as they talked, the group agreed more easily on which company would construct the benches, voting unanimously to select Sea Reach Ltd., a company based in Sheridan, Oregon, to design and build them. The competing company, Maglin Site Furniture from Ontario, Canada, was too far away, and the group liked Sea Reach’s design better. Ben Ngan, owner of Nevue Ngan Associates landscape architecture firm, facilitated the March meeting and presented information about the four competing items.   As he did in July 2014, Ben Ngan, middle, owner of the landscape architecture firm Nevue Ngan Associates, facilitated the Halsey-Weidler group’s March 2015 meeting, and presented information about the four competing items. Ngan’s firm was selected to create the planning and design process for the corridor’s east triangle at Northeast 112th and Halsey Street, part of a second $30,000 PDC grant in the Community Livability package that the Halsey-Weidler group also received in February. Ngan told the group each custom-designed bench from Sea Reach Ltd. would cost about $1,500, with the specific design to be worked out later with the Halsey-Weidler group. He noted that Sea Reach designed the stainless steel and graphic interpretive elements of the Portland water system at Powell Butte’s visitor center. Each off-the-shelf bench built by the competing Canadian company would be made of a high-density paper...
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April 2015 Memo posted online

by on Apr 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Mid-county Memo‘s April 2015 edition posted online. Cristell Gonzalez Perez was named Parkrose High school’s 2015 Rose Festival Princess. In her court are, from left, Lilia Bechtel, Jade Bradford and Theresa Nguyen. This month’s feature stories include: A piece about east Portland’s diverse Rose Festival Court representatives. An article about Mid-county residents desire to secede Our series on Mid-county Community Builders continues with a profile on longtime David Douglas School District volunteer Beverly Fischer. A thorough report on Beech Park’s design selection. Two new apartment buildings—Rose and Gilman Court—open in the Gateway Regional Center Urban Renewal Area. The dangerous intersection of Northeast 105th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard is getting a fix. A roundup of east Portland schools’  winter activities. Report of the Powell-Division rapid transit bus line. Deconstruction of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement oft’ used recipe. April 2015 Departments: Memo Calendar Memo Pad Business Memos Letters to the Editor Meals-on-Wheels monthly menu Lottery results Restaurant...
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Neighbors’ Post Traumatic Strip Club Stress Surfaces

by on Mar 31, 2015 | 0 comments

It was an oft-used recipe from the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement cookbook. In February, ONI Liquor Licensing Program Coordinator Mike Boyer prepared and served neighbors of Jody’s—the former strip club in Hazelwood— this hot, spicy heartburn-inducing dish. Neighbors fought to keep from eating another strip club. Rebeckah and Tim Lyons, who not only bought Jody’s in 2014 but also the building and property, met their traumatized neighbors for the first time in February. Until it closed, the strip club operated for more than 30 years at 12035 N.E. Glisan St. in the Hazelwood neighborhood. The Lyons said they also would provide adult entertainment when they reopen as Club SinRock. A good chef always does their mise en place first: •    Mingle new strip club owners together with proximate homeowners and Oregon Liquor Control Commission representative, along with at least three ONI minions in a neutral setting. In late February, the meeting took place at the city’s East Portland Neighborhood Office in the Hazelwood neighborhood, a few blocks from Jody’s.   •     Add dash of fundamental ONI neighborhood association baloney and facile assistance that every recipe in this cookbook requires. “They [the neighborhood association] kind of led us to believe that ‘by gosh, this is really bad’ and ‘this really can’t take place,'” said longtime Hazelwood resident Marilyn Warr-King, who lives behind the strip club on Northeast 120th Avenue. “But it’s very political; I don’t believe anybody.”   •    New owners tell neighbors they will monitor everything closely, that they will not allow people to hang around outside, and so on. Alaska natives Tim and Rebeckah Lyons, who not only bought Jody’s strip club business but also the property at 12035 N.E. Glisan St. for $860,000 in June 2014, promised neighbors that they run a clean, efficient business and that the neighbors will see a difference from the previous owners. “I rely on our record; it speaks for itself,” said Club SinRock owner Tim Lyons, who spoke for the couple. “There have been no shootings in any of our clubs, ever. There’s never been a serious incident at any of our clubs.” In business ten years, the Lyons own three non-alcoholic nightclubs: two in Alaska and one in Seattle, all with adult entertainment formats. “All the locations we have, the crime has actually gone down in our vicinity because of the way we operate our clubs,” Lyons added. “We police the parking lot. We don’t allow people to hang out in the parking lot.” Responding to a question after the meeting about their lack of alcohol-serving experience, in an email Lyons replied, “Although we prefer the non-alcoholic business model and currently do not own or operate an alcohol-serving...
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City wants development split–maybe

by on Mar 30, 2015 | 0 comments

After arguing with the city and developers for nearly two years over access points to a proposed apartment development, neighbors had every reason to feel good about what they heard during a two-hour presentation from the city’s Kurt Krueger at March’s Argay Neighborhood Association meeting. At the March Argay Neighborhood Association meeting, Kurt Krueger, senior development review manager for the city’s Bureau of Transportation, explains the city’s neighborhood connectivity policy to residents. However, days after the meeting, there was yet another wrinkle in this saga. But there will be more on that later. Castlegate-gate The issue has been roiling the neighborhood since 2013, when developer Chet Antonsen, who owns MonteVista Homes, first presented a development plan for public airing to more than 250 people at an ANA meeting (“Argay Angry over Farmland Development” January 2014 MCM). His proposed three-acre Castlegate Apartment complex is sited on former farmland at Northeast 148th Avenue between dead-end streets Rose Parkway and Morris Court—the access points in contention. Neighbors want them to stay dead-ends. The city insists on connectivity, opening one or both streets into the apartment complex. If apartments were connected to Northeast 148th Avenue and the dead-end streets were opened, the complex would become a shortcut not only to 148th for Castlegate residents but also for pass-through commuters at peak traffic times, according to neighbors. The long, narrow property presents design challenges. City policy by Kurt Krueger Ostensibly, Krueger, Portland Bureau of Transportation’s senior development review manager, was at the meeting to edify residents as to why the city’s connectivity policy was good for neighborhoods and well within city code and prerogative. But he was really there to answer questions about Castlegate’s access points. “I want to provide an education, some background, some guidance why the city looks at certain things the way we do,” Krueger told neighbors. “One of the things we ask for with street connections is to help better serve you guys through emergency services.” More than an hour into the presentation, Krueger revealed that neighbors would get what they were fighting for: No through connections to the neighborhood from the apartment complex. By splitting the development with the halves separated by a barrier, the same amount of traffic would enter the neighborhood as if it were a single-family home development. Half the units (16-24) would use Rose Parkway, while the other half would access 148th Avenue. “We told Chet in recent weeks we would support roughly two buildings’ worth of traffic directly accessing 148th,” Krueger said. “We are not supportive of a private drive that would connect to a public street extension of Rose Parkway and a free-for-all out of the neighborhood at this location.” Land use chair...
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East Portland Citizens Want to Secede

by on Mar 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Stymied in their first attempt to de-annex a significant portion of the city of Portland, three east Portland citizens have vowed to rewrite their recently rejected petition, reformat the demand into an initiative petition, and gather the 31,345 signatures needed to land it on the November 2016 ballot. The East Portland de-annexation Secession group uses this map created for the city’s East Portland Neighborhood Office to illustrate the area it wants to de-annex. The target area, roughly from the Columbia River to the edge of Happy Valley, west to just above Lents, and from Northeast 82nd Avenue to the Gresham city limits, has long experienced difficulties getting services from the city, since its annexation in the early 1980s. Acting for East Portland de-Annexation Secession, members Collene Swenson, Pat Edwards and Brian Garry prepared a petition for the Office of the City Auditor to grant the target area permission to secede from the city of Portland, with the goal of forming an independent municipality within the de-annexed boundaries. Swenson hand-delivered the petition to city elections officer Deborah Scroggins. Swenson and Edwards, active in the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association, (Anthony Macuk, Willamette Week) affirm support from a significant portion of the area’s citizens, and have expressed confidence they will be able to gather the needed signatures to place their initiative on the ballot. Breaking up is hard to do In a letter to the three petitioners (posted on the group’s Facebook page), Scroggins informed them that the petition in its preliminary form would not be appropriate to forward for action. She cited state statute ORS 250.270 and Portland city Code Section 2.04.055 as legal reasoning for rejecting the petition. She further stated, “your filing represents an unsolved question of State law as to whether withdrawal may be the citizen initiative, given the statutory scheme for amending the boundaries of a city within a Metropolitan Service District.” She further informed the petitioners that their document was “fundamentally flawed” and needed to be re-written. Basic services to the targeted east side area have been at issue since its annexation in the 1980s. City Share, a spending option for Portland neighborhoods, has remitted less to this area than any other part of the city, according to Swenson. “City representatives won’t come and talk to us about these problems,” she says. Residents have long complained city officials hardly seem to know these 13 neighborhoods exist. Potholes, sinkholes, unpaved streets and absence of sidewalks are only the most noticeable surface problems the city has not addressed. Every neighborhood, Swenson says, has the same problems with crime, including unmonitored sex offenders. Likewise, the level drug dealing has risen since annexation, yet only two officers out of the East...
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Rose Apartments Bloom April 1

by on Mar 26, 2015 | 0 comments

The first tenants start moving into the Rose West building, 9700 N.E. Everett Ct., of the new Rose Apartment complex April 1, with more move-ins staggered throughout the month. The Rose Apartments, 328 N.E. 97th Ave. get final changes before a May 6 grand opening ceremony. In the Gateway Regional Center Urban Renewal Area, the 90-unit, $10.5 million project is close to light rail and Glisan Street’s I-205 interchange. The first tenants take occupancy April 1.  Rose East, 9850 N.E. Everett Ct., the last completed structure in the 90-unit, $10.5 million complex, begins receiving tenants May 1, with full occupancy expected by May 31. The grand opening of the two four-story buildings at 328 N.E. 97th Ave. is May 6 at the site. Tours of the new buildings are from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch, refreshments and speakers from noon to 1 p.m. Tours follow from 1 to 2 p.m. “The community at large is invited,” said Gordon Jones, developer of the complex. “Anyone who would like to come by is welcome. This is a public event, not a private event.” Speakers at the grand opening include Metro councilors Bob Stacey and Carlotta Collette, as well as representatives from the many public and private agencies that helped fund the mixed-income building, including the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Development Commission, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Riverview Community Bank and TriMet. Jones expressed gratitude to the agencies that provided grants to fund the project, including $540,000 from Metro. The Portland Housing Bureau gave Jones the 10-year tax abatement, fixing his property tax at the current level until 2025. The abatement stipulates that Jones needs to include 20 percent of the units at restricted income rates, or 60 percent of median family income, for the next 60 years. Jones chose to create more affordable units than required, including 40 percent of the units at restricted income rates. After the federal government calculated its median income rates for a family of four in January, rents rose slightly from last December’s predictions. “They did go up 30 or 40 bucks,” Jones admitted. “That’s the first time they’ve gone up since 2012. They actually went down in 2013 and 2014, and now they’ve come back up a little.” Jones explained that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development sets the maximum rents for the restricted-income units based on its median income calculations. “We’re a little below the maximum on the studios, and we’re right at the allowable rent on the ones and twos [bedrooms],” Jones said. The restricted rent studios start at $660 a month, while one bedrooms start at $688 a month and two bedrooms at $821 a month....
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