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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.

Big turnout expected at tonight’s Argay NA meeting

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It’ll be packed at the Argay Neighborhood Association meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 2, 4800 N.E. 122nd Ave.

Property developer and Pacific Western Holdings, Inc. owner Chet Antonsen presents his development plans for three acres of farmland adjacent to Argay between Northeast 145th and 148th avenues and Northeast Morris Court and Rose Parkway at tonight’s meeting.

A view looking east at the three acres of the old Van Buren strawberry farm between Parkrose Chateau and Argay that are slated for development. The developer, Chet Antonsen, presents Argay neighbors his plans for the property at tonight's meeting.

ANA board member Valerie Curry said she’s heard enough anecdotal stories to raise her expectations of more than the 50-60 she originally thought might attend. “It might go as high as a hundred,” she said. “I’m getting there early to move tables out of the way to make more room.”

Developer speaks to Argay neighbors

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

At the November Argay Neighborhood Association meeting, developer Chet Antonsen is speaking about his plans to develop a three-acre parcel of property in Argay.

Approximately three acres, the rectangular shaped property is from Northeast Rose Parkway and Morris Court to 148th Avenue.

Approximately three acres of property owned by Mary Van Buren is up for development in Argay.


In addition, a presentation of possible plans by the city to extend Northeast Fremont Street to Northeast 148th Avenue, and traffic changes on Northeast 141st, 131st avenues and Northeast Shaver Street is on the agenda.

July issue update

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The July 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online last week.

East Portland news and feature stories, all right here.

David Douglas picked up third place at the 6A track meet thanks to help from team leader sprinter Dmitry Vakulchik, left, who finished fourth in the 200-meter dash and also ran the 100-meters.

June issue recap

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The June 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online last week.

Feature stories and news about east Portland, all right here.

Five-year-old Esperanza Sumano is first to try out the refurbished playground behind Peace Church of the Brethren, 12727 S.E. Market St. From sunrise to sunset the church’s basement is the home of Daybreak Shelter, the Human Solutions facility for homeless families.

Sandy Boulevard Safety Project nears completion

Friday, May 31st, 2013

If the weather cooperates, the Oregon Department of Transportation’s safety improvement project on Northeast Sandy Boulevard (U.S. 30 Bypass) between 122nd and 141st avenues in the Argay neighborhood of outer east Portland, is scheduled to be complete by the end of July, according to ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator Jilayne Jordan.

ODOT’s contractor is currently working to complete traffic signal upgrades and other improvements at the 122nd and 138th Avenue intersections.

Oregon Department of Transportation’s safety improvement project on Northeast Sandy Boulevard (U.S. 30 Bypass) between 122nd and 141st avenues is scheduled to be complete by the end of July.