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Report on Seven Corners Released

Concept: 21st Ave. Corridor
Concept: 21st Ave. Corridor
You can now download the 7 Corners Urban Design report here: http://www.portlandonline.com/planning/index.cfm?c=48623

The 7 Corners Urban Design Strategy identified three options for transforming the 7 Corners intersection. However, the community discussion did not result in a clear preference and raised a number of questions and issues that are best addressed in the context of the larger Division Streetscape and Reconstruction Project. Therefore, the final report captures the ideas, issues, opportunities and challenges that were identified through this process and is intended to be a launching point for the streetscape design project.

The Division Streetscape and Street Reconstruction Project Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is currently working with the City on streetscape design alternatives for Division Street from SE 11th to 39th Avenue (which includes the Seven Corners intersection). A public open house will be held in June to allow the community to review the design alternatives and provide feedback. Stay tuned for additional information regarding the June open house. The Division Streetscape Project website is: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=41107

For questions regarding the Division Streetscape and Street Reconstruction Project, please contact Elizabeth Mahon with the Bureau of Transportation (503-823-0396, elizabeth.mahon@pdxtrans.org)

Division Streetscape and Street Reconstruction

The Division Streetscape and Reconstruction Project, under the direction of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will develop a transportation and streetscape plan for City Council adoption. The plan will develop design alternatives with the input and involvement of area residents, property owners and business owners. Improvements may include one or more of the following:

pedestrian crossing improvements
bicycle parking
transit amenities such as curb extensions, benches and shelters
green street solutions such as porous pavement, storm water mitigation and street trees
pedestrian-scale street amenities such as lighting, kiosks, benches and public art
signal enhancements to increase safety for motorists and pedestrians and to improve signal communications for transit priority technology and
opportunities for creating a sense of place that supports the mixed-use, multi-modal character of the neighborhood.

Guiding the the Division Streetscape and Reconstruction Project will be the Divison Green Street/Main Street Plan adopted by City Council in 2006. Developed by a coalition of citizens, businesses, City of Portland Staff (many areas represented) and many others, it focuses on the area between SE 11th and SE 60th. The plan contains goals, objectives and implementation strategies to create a pedstrian-friendly commercial district that reflects and reinforces community values, including a focus on sustainable and ‘green’ development. This project is also coordinating with The City of Portland’s Tabor to the River Brooklyn Creek Basin Program for sewer, green stormwater and watershed health improvements.

While much input has been gathered, now we are moving into the decisionmaking mode of what actual improvements will be made to our public right-of-way on Division. We need lots of community input to ensure that the improvements are valuable, effective and worthwhile. Some of you may be aware that community input was already solicited last summer regarding the Seven Corners Intersection. (You can now download the results of the that input: the 7 Corners Urban Design report here: http://www.portland online.com/ planning/ index.cfm? c=48623).

The CAC meets monthly through November and expects to present it’s recommendation to City Council in December 2009.

Division Street Plan Project Update

We are writing to provide some very long overdue updates to what is happening with the next phase of the Division Street Plan implementation. There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes that we want to bring into the open:

*** 7 Corners design project details and report are being completed by Stuart Emmons and the Planning Bureau and should be available for review shortly. While there were limitations as to what could creatively happen at the Ladd Ave corner because of historic preservation issues and other concerns, there were some great ideas that have been captured in the summary and will help inform the design of the overall street as well as 7 Corners. Which leads to…

*** Proposals are currently being reviewed from design firms for the Division Streetscape and Reconstruction Project. The winning firm will oversee the design and citizen involvement portions of the project. The consultant(s) should be in place by the end of this month and ready for the first Citizens Advisory Group meetings starting in April …

***A Citizens Working Group and Technical Advisory Group are currently being put together with Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Membership on these groups should be confirmed this month with the first of monthly meetings beginning within a few weeks. This will be the group that oversees the Design and talks through the pro-time lane decision etc. Anyone is welcome to come to these meetings while remembering that committee members are the only ones who vote… Continue reading “Division Street Plan Project Update”

BUDGET SHORTFALL FOR DIVISION STREET

— THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS NOON on MONDAY, DEC 1 —
We currently have a budget shortfall for the transportation improvements for Division Street due to rising paving and construction costs. We must resolve the funding issue so the City can complete the work as soon as possible to avoid reducing the scope of the project (and therefore reducing the potential benefit to the community). The City is seeking an additional $2.5 million in funding through the MTIP (Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program) process handled through METRO.

This is a competitive process so IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU LET METRO KNOW THAT SECURING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR DIVISION STREET IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND THE LARGER COMMUNITY. THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS NOON on Monday, DEC 1st. Even a very brief message of support would be very helpful!

Please share this message with others who may be interested. Talking points are below.
Additional info here (click to see .pdf file).

To submit comments online, go to:
http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id/28702/section=detail&project_id=1299&include_content=false

Note: You have to scroll down to view the online comment section.
You can fax written comments to 503-797-1930 or mail them to: Metro Regional flexible fund, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232

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