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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Two vie for Parkrose school board

by on May 6, 2015 | 0 comments

In Mid-county’s only contested school board election this May, voters choose between Joshua Singleton and Dave Carter for a four-year term on the Parkrose Board of Education. The seat is open because incumbent Thuy Tran, who was elected in 2013 to a two-year term after being appointed to the seat, decided not to run for re-election. Asked why, without elaboration, Tran said in an email, “I will not run for re-election as a Parkrose School District Board member.” Carter, who ran for the school board in 2013 but lost to current board vice-chair Mary Lu Baetkey, works at WinCo Foods. He served on the district’s bond oversight and budget committees. In addition, Carter is a member of the Parkrose music boosters and Shaver Elementary parent group. Singleton, who lists no prior governmental experience other than his five years in the Navy, is a Parkrose High School graduate, a manager at Boeing, and has three children. One graduated from Parkrose High School in 2010. His other two are currently enrolled at PHS. The Memo asked Carter and Singleton three questions. Their answers are printed below. COURTESY JOSHUA SINGLETON In his first attempt at elected office, Joshua Singleton is running for Position 3 on the Parkrose school board. What do you bring to the Parkrose school board that neither your opponent nor any of the incumbents do? Singleton: “Leadership.” “I have spent the last two years leading a very large fraternal organization. During this time, the organization had approximately 300 hundred members with at least 10 percent of the membership in attendance at regular monthly meetings. The organization has over $1 million in assets, with an operating budget of around $50 thousand. This operating budget was used to fund our charity and fellowship programs including scholarships, a family picnic, donations to the community transitional school and other activities. Carter: “I bring experience and participation in many areas of our school district. Over the last three years, I have participated and volunteered on many levels. [My experience includes] serving on the capital bond oversight committee; the budget committee for the last two years, including one year as vice-chair; the superintendent parent advisory council; the music booster club; and as a parent on the Shaver Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. All this work has prepared me to serve on the board. If elected, I would to able to transition quickly into the workings of the district’s new business at hand. Do you have a goal in mind? Singleton: “As a manager with a major manufacturing company, I would like to see an eventual return of the vocational arts. In the course of my daily duties, I notice a deficiency of skilled applicants for manufacturing...
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Clanking Cans, Clinking Bottles Music to Parkrose Boosters Ears

by on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Those refundable bottles and cans you have stacked up in your garage are worth a nickel (or so) apiece to the Parkrose Music Boosters. Parkrose Music Boosters take your refundable bottles, cans and plastic containers Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St. Bag ’em up and run ’em down to Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., Saturday, March 7 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Your donation brings a symphony of joy to volunteers and helps young musicians at all grade levels in Parkrose...
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March 2015 Edition Posted Online

by on Mar 5, 2015 | 0 comments

The March 2015 Mid-county Memo posted online today. Read all about it. THE OREGONIAN/BRUCE ELY For what would be former Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey’s final public appearance the day before his premature death, he visited the Madison High School campus (along with former Trail Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant) in recognition of Black History Month in February. Kersey, 52, was a role model whose life and works were a visceral reminder to students of the value of hard work and perseverance. This month’s features: Madison High Kersey’s final public stop; Gateway Park and Urban Plaza open house draws neighbors; Rapid Transit bus route coming to Divsion, Powell; Rose Apartments ready to bloom in Gateway URA; Gilman Court plans July grand opening; Halsey-Weidler work Group gets grants for benches, trashcans; filing deadline for May school board elections March 19, and corrections. This month’s departments: Memo Calendar; Memo Pad; Business Memos; Letters to the Editor; Meals-on-Wheels monthly menu; Mid-county lottery results and Mid-county restaurant...
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Former Bill’s Steakhouse Owner Passes

by on Dec 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Former Bill’s Steakhouse owner Howard Mark Budlong–Mark to everyone–passed away Sunday, Dec. 28 at age 82 with family by his side, according to today’s obituary published in the Oregonian. In 1992, at the Mid-county Memo Community Awards ceremony, Mark Budlong accepts the Social Service Award plaque from former Multnomah County Commissioner Sharron Kelley. Budlong owned and operated Bill’s Steakhouse in Parkrose for more than 30 years. Always a supporter of local charities, Budlong was recognized for his social service volunteerism in 1992 with a Mid-county Memo Community Award....
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