Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Help Plan the Future of the Gulch, Lloyd District and Lower Albina

The City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation are hosting an open house on June 29th to showcase the current work of the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans and ask for feedback.   This planning includes part of Sullivan's Gulch on the south side of NE Multnomah between 16th and 21st Ave. (where Residence Inn, apartments and rental houses are now).  The SGNA Land Use Committee will be participating and is a voting member of the group, but everyone is welcome to participate.

In addition to the inclusion of the 6 lots west of NE 21st and south of NE Multnomah (an area approximately 300 feet by 100 feet), a significant part of the Gulch, the N/NE Quadrant Project also incorporates Regal Lloyd Cinemas 10, the parking lot west of the Cinema, and Holladay Park, our own neighborhood park. The attached map shows the scope and boundaries of the project. As with any time when your neighbors are planning big developments, especially when incorporating some of your own neighborhood, it pays to participate and to pay attention.

This project will help areas of troubled development and growth that will define the city's center, on the east side of the river, and north of the Banfield for generations, and significantly affect "life in the Gulch". It is difficult to state simply the magnitude and importance of this event for the Gulch, along with other events, like the construction of the MAX Line, this is the biggest development event in the Gulch since the construction of Fred Meyer's, and certainly the biggest planning event to affect the Gulch since the construction of Lloyd Center.

Based on ideas gathered at previous meetings and events, the project team has developed land use and transportation concept alternatives to illustrate how the area could develop over time. This work will be open to public input and general feedback.  

N/NE Quadrant Project Open House
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Metro Regional Center Offices, 600 NE Grand, Council Chambers

Some questions the open house will have for discussion and feedback include:
  • What type of new development should the plan encourage (residential, employment, entertainment, or a mix)?  
  • What type of open space amenities best suit the needs of the area?
  • How should green infrastructure and natural systems be integrated?
  • What type and level of transportation improvements are needed to address connectivity, safety and congestion issues in the quadrant, and specifically in the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange area?
Come join us, learn more about what's been going on and provide feedback!

We will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation. It is part of Phase II of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan, providing detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. Working jointly with the Oregon Department of Transportation, this pr0ject will also explore options for I-5 freeway and local transportation improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler Interchange. For more information visit the project website:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Emergency Preparedness - don't expect the city to rescue you

You've read about horrific natural disasters elsewhere but are you ready for "the big one" and the not-so-big ones closer to home?   Brenn Simonen is organizing sessions to help you prepare for emergencies right here in the Gulch.   The classes will start sometime in July.

The sessions will cover creating a communication, evacuation, shelter and needs plan.  Basic first aid and creating an Emergency Kit will be covered.

To be notified when the meetings will be held, please email Brenn at

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Farmers Market Returns Sunday May 29

The Irvington Farmers Market in Sullivan's Gulch returns to brighten up your weekend and stock your pantry beginning on Sunday, May 29.   Hours will be 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at its location on NE 16th Ave. between Broadway and Weidler between to Kitchen Kaboodle and the 1620 apartments.

It will be bigger and better than ever, says Brad Perkins, organizer.  In fact, he's expecting so many new vendors that it's expanding around the corner and is planning on closing off 2 lanes of Broadway to make room for more vendors.  

See you there.

Good in the 'Hood coming June 24 - 26

Not our 'hood but still close by...  The annual "Good in the Neighborhood" is set for the weekend of June 24-26 with live music, food and a parade.

Other activities include KidSpace, 3 point basketball shoot off,

Performers will be on the 2 stages during the weekend and  include Patrick Lamb, Chata Addy, Ocean 503, Any Stokes Band, Linda Hornbuckle, Ashley Minniweather and others.

There will be a kick off concert the Monday before at Kennedy School from 6 to 10 pm.

For details on the free event, see

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fred Meyer Expansion at Spring General Meeting - Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm

We have a full and interesting agenda for the Spring SGNA Neigbhborhood meeting this Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 9 pm. It will be held in the Penthouse of Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 NE 16th Ave.

The two main topics will be a presentation by Fred Meyer describing the remodeling and small expansion of their Hollywood West store - a maintain for Gulchers. They will have drawings and pictures and will be glad to answer our questions.

Also on the agenda is a historical presentation about Albina Mural Project by Joanne Oleksiak. She will show a short video and have photos of some of the historical murals from 1978 that used to be in the area. We hope to have one of the original painters to talk about the murals, as well.

In addition, there will be a short review of crime in our neighborhood from our neighborhood liaison at the Police Bureau, as well as reports from the various SGNA committee - Land Use, Lifestyles (update on Gulch A Rama), and Gulch Trail info.

Finally, we will nominate and vote on new representatives to the SGNA Board of Directors. If you're interested in getting involved be sure to come of the meeting or let SGNA Chair Craig Nyschins know of your interest.

If you haven't seen the view from the "top of the neighborhood" 12th floor of Holladay Park Plaza, you'll want to come a few minutes early.