Contractor Selected for Division Transit Project

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018

The Division Transit Project (DTP), the rapid bus system that will link downtown Portland and Gresham in coming years, is picking up steam. It has completed local funding, and a local construction company has been selected as the construction manager of the general contractor team.  The Portland City Council earmarked $17.7 million in August and...
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PBOT cuts ribbon on 122nd Avenue safety improvements

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018

Portland’s 122nd Avenue Safety Project celebrated the unveiling of a new crossing signal with a press conference and ribbon cutting. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and former Commissioner Steve Novick were among the speakers at the event; this was significant for several reasons, the most obvious of which being that Eudaly defeated Novick just two...
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“Windscape” Renovation Plans Paused

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018

Despite new hurdles threatening a speedy construction window, Tom Badrick is not backing down on plans to rehabilitate “Windscape,” the traffic roundabout island at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street. As the grant writer behind the proposal, he’s determined to make headway on this passion project this fall. But he’ll need help. “Windscape”...
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Kmart Property Not Zoned for Housing

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018

The Kmart on Sandy Boulevard, a fixture of the Argay Terrace neighborhood since the 1960s, has finally closed after fire-selling leftover inventory and liquidating assets. The store, among 63 stores nationwide that were given their final notice in May that they would be closed permanently by the struggling retail behemoth, became the subject of...
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Homeless shelter in Mill Park rouses debate

Posted by on Oct 6, 2018

Shiny new toys, such as Gateway Discovery Park, are attracting foot traffic to east Portland streets. But not all visitors are tourists, and some don’t go home (or have a home). Whether the community is the one paying a price is becoming a point of contention.  Before the temporary low-barrier Wy’east homeless shelter, 1415 S.E. 122nd Ave.,...
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Halsey-Weidler construction work more visible in October

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018

After a couple rainchecks, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has hit the play button on the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Plan. When we last checked in with PBOT (“Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project starts in September,” MCM Sept. 2018) about the Plan, which is due to modernize the Halsey-Weidler business district––the couplet that runs...
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Lingerie modeling shop opens in Parkrose

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018

As they shepherded their kids back to school in August, Parkrose parents discovered more than crumpled Office Depot receipts along one of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s-designated “Safe Routes to School.” On Aug. 1, a lingerie modeling shop called Secret Rendezvous opened for business in the former location of Deanz Greenz at 10518b N.E....
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Posted by on Sep 15, 2018

We welcome submission of obituaries for free publication in the Mid-county Memo. Please send copy and a photo to Submissions may be edited for clarity and will be included on a space-available basis.  Roland Wong Aug. 4, 1940–May 8, 2018 Roland Wong, a longtime resident of Parkrose passed away May 8 at Portland Adventist...
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Hansen Shelter Property Update

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018

After publishing last month’s story on the former Hansen Shelter for homeless (“Whither Hansen? A look at life after the shelter,” MCM Aug. 2018), Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson sent us a statement on the timeline for the Hansen property: “Over the last several weeks, my office has received great feedback and suggestions from...
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122nd Avenue next street in line for PBOT transformation

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018

East Portland arterials are finally getting the attention they deserve. Next on the docket: the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT’s) 122nd Avenue Plan. Northeast 122nd Avenue from Southeast Foster to Northeast Marine Drive may be the latest major east Portland street to gain updated crossings, lights and signal changes among improved...
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Middle East Festival marks 41 years

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018

Last month, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 N.E. 162nd Ave, held its 41st annual Middle East Festival, where hospitality is a key component. The one-day event at the church in the Wilkes neighborhood has grown so large—more than 600 people attended this year—that its volunteer organizers are considering making it a two-day party next...
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