Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Finally some action at 1100 NE 21st Ave.

The old warehouse on the north side of 21st at the bridge won't slide into the gulch after all.  Work finally on Tuesday to construct a retaining wall to provide a secure foundation for the building.  Workmen estimated it would take 2 weeks to get the supports in place and rebuild the south wall of the building

The warehouse (listed as a garage with the city) was built in 1923, but  The building was owned by an estate which had delayed over a year before deciding what to do.   

Since the collapse, the location has been designated as unsafe for fire fighters to enter — the big U on the front of the building.  After the south wall collapsed the interior attracted many graffiti "artists" and was a fire and safety hazard.   When work finally began SGNA was in the process of notifying the city of our concerns.  

Spanish Summer Camps at Tierra Educational Center in NE Portland

Tierra Educational Center (TEC) at 2915 NE MLK Blvd (2nd floor of SCRAP's building) has expanded to offer Spanish Summer Camps for children ages 4-11, in addition to the center's wide range of adult, child, and family classes for Spanish learners of all ages and levels.

Summer is an excellent time to offer your child Spanish language education when their minds and bodies are alert and open to new ideas and activities. TEC Spanish Summer Camps provide small group, intensive exposure to the Spanish language and Latin American culture through the lens of play and music. Treat your child to a summer vacation abroad, without having to leave town!

Camps will be divided in two groups(5-10 students) of 4-6 year olds, and 7-11 year olds and held Monday-Friday 9am-12pm. July 25-29th and August 15-19th.

And for Mom and Dad, new morning Spanish Intensive courses for Beginner and Intermediate students will be offered July 12-August 11th. Weekly evening classes, private lessons, and family classes are available  year-round at a flexible schedule. Visit for more information, or call 503-213-3677.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gulch Garage Sale - Saturday July 16

The annual Gulch-wide garage sale is just around the corner July 16th from 9am to 4pm. Hopefully we get some sunshine so everyone can walk about the neighborhood and see all the goods their fellow neighbors have to sell.  (And, of course, so lots of people from outside the neighborhood will come and check out our treasures!)  

This is not your usual “multi-family” sale. The goal is to create a network of individual garage sales all hosted on the same day at the same time so the Gulch will be humming with activity.

Here’s how it works: Register your sale with the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association (SGNA) for a $10 fee. You host the sale at your own house (or team up with a neighbor). We provide buyers with a list of garage sale sites and a map with locations highlighted. You keep the proceeds of your sale!

If you'd like to participate, download the Garage Sale form on the right and drop off this form along with a $10 registration fee by 6 pm on Thursday, July 14, at the home of Stephen Chase, 2534 NE Clackamas street.  For more information about the garage sale contact Lisa Pearlstein, lisalisapearl@gmail.com503-249-0996.

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: