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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 planning/ index.cfm? c=48623).

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

Washington High School Community Center

The Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau has initiated the next phase of the Washington High School Community Center project. The scope of the project is to develop a new community center in inner-southeast Portland that will serve people of all ages and abilities and accomodate a wide range of activities that promote health and wellness, arts/culture and social interactions. The center components will be determined through feasibility studies and market analysis. The design will likely include a community center, an aquatics center, outdoor recreation facilities and parking. The land purchased from PPS by Portland Parks and Recreation includes 4.5 total acres on the Washington/Monroe High School site (An L-shaped area at SE Stark and SE 12th, not including the High School building). You can view the Advisory Committee report from 2004 at http://www.portland parks/index. cfm?c=49531&. It’s the basis for our continued efforts. Continue reading “Washington High School Community Center”

Bike & Streetcar Open House, May 5

Mark your calendar for this Open House coming up in May!

From: “Wong, Nancy”

Throughout the month of May, the Bicycle Master Plan Update project and the Portland Streetcar System Plan will be presenting their plans for public review and comment at the series of open houses listed below.

Below is the information regarding the Open House in (our) area:
Southeast Portland Open House
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
4-7 PM
Franklin High School Cafeteria
5405 SE Woodward St, Portland 97206

(Find out more here.)

This will be a great forum to learn about both projects and provide your feedback. You are cordially invited to come and weigh in on the future of transportation in Portland.

Town Hall on Murals in Portland

This will be an important conversation for our community since “murals as art” have gotten tangled up with rules governing advertising and free speech due to prior legal challenges.

Link to a letter outlining the issues.

“Town Hall on the Future of Murals in our Community”
December 16, 2008 ~ Tuesday
City Hall, Council Chambers
5:30 pm (doors at 5:15)

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