Tuesday, August 14, 2012


L’ARCHE PORTLAND HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT WITH LOCAL CELEBRITIES: JULIANNE JOHNSON AND MICHAEL ALLEN HARRISON L’Arche Portland announced today it will host its second annual benefit concert, featuring Julianne Johnson and Michael Allen Harrison. The concert is on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Madeleine Parish at 3123 NE 24th Avenue. Renowned local artist Julianne Johnson has captivated Northwest audiences for more than 25 years. She shines in a wide range of musical genres, such as jazz, R & B, Motown, Broadway, gospel, and blues. What sets Ms. Johnson apart is not only her enormous talent, but also her ability to connect deeply with her audience. Most recently, her starring role in Club Morocco won her the Portland Area Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Actress. Michael Allen Harrison touches his audience with his passionate renderings of jazz and classical piano. Mr. Harrison is the founder of the Snowman Foundation, which has raised more than two million dollars for music education. Ms. Johnson and Mr. Harrison will come together for one night in a benefit concert for L’Arche Portland, a community of people with and without developmental disabilities. L’Arche differs from conventional group homes in that caregivers live as family with adults with developmental disabilities. The arrangement creates a culture of equality, founded on a belief in the unique value of every person and our need for one another. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds will go directly to support L’Arche Portland’s work of creating home and building community for people with and without developmental disabilities. The event will also feature a raffle for a 7-day stay at a condo in Las Vegas, including airfare and tickets to Cirque Du Soleil. For information, go to http://www.larche-portland.org or call L’Arche at 503-251-6901.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What's Happening in the Lloyd Cinemas Parking Lot?

Turns out they're adding 80 trees and 20,000 sq. ft. of landscaping in order to conform to city code, according to a recent blog posting by the Oregonian's Larry Bingham here.

First look at Albina Fuel Site Development

Birds eye view of phase I of Grant Park Village
concept from corner of NE 32nd and Broadway
as reviewed by the Portland Design Commission.
Oregonian reporter Larry Bingham has posted two articles about the Capstone Partners development on the old Albina Fuel site, next to Fred Meyer at NE 33rd and Broadway.  The development, called Grant Park Village, is now in Design Review and will likely get letters of support from the SGNA Land Use Committee. The project will be one of the major agenda items on this Tuesday's SGNA Board meeting (Aug. 14 at 7 pm at Holladay Park Plaza).

 Grant Park Village is phase I of a possible three phase development of the 5 acre site.  At the present the first phase will have 200+ rental units, ranging from studio to 3-bedroom and 45,000 square feet of commercial space, facing Broadway.

Capstone had their first meeting with the Portland Design Review Commission and you can see some concept drawings in their submittal packet (PDF) here.   Here's a link to his earlier Oregonian blog posting focusing on traffic issues.  A new traffic study is underway.

Friday, August 10, 2012

SGNA August Board Meeting Agenda - Tues. Aug. 14, 7 pm

Here's the agenda for our next Board meeting, as always at Holladay Park Plaza.   Don't forget the new starting time - 7 pm

Guest Speaker will be Julie Gustafson of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.  Julie will talk to us about the Eastside Trolley and its scheduled opening on September 22 with time for questions before the Board meeting
Review and approval of Minutes from the July meeting

Treasurer's Report - Kari, Jackleen will introduce the new improvements to our financial system

Gulch O Rama Planning & Budget review - Stephen Chase, Kari

Land Use & Transportation Committee report
     - Capstone/Albina Fuel Site design review (Lauren) 
     - Broadway Walkabout and upcoming events (Carol);
     - Sullivan's Gulch Bike Trail (Dan); 
     - 28th Ave. Crosswalks (Melissa)
     - the N/NE Quadrant Plan (Carol)
     - Title 13 Nature in Neighborhoods (Dan and Carol) 

Communications Committee - next newsletter - Brenn
                                                strategy for getting email addresses - Dave

Sunday, August 5, 2012

SGNA Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7

You are invited to attend the Sullivan's Gulch Land Use Committee meeting to hear a presenttion by Lauren Jones of Capstone Partners, developers of the Albina Fuel site at NE 33rd and Broadway. Lauren will be updating us on design review activities and development progress. There will be a questions and answers period after the presentation. Come hear about the future of the eastern end Sullivan's Gulch:

Holladay Park Plaza
1300 NE 16th Avenue, 97232
Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 PM

Suggestion: you can attend the National NIght Out celebration in Holladay Park beginning at 5:00 PM, enjoy free food and entertainment and then walk to Holladay Park Plaza for the presentation about new development in Sullivan's Gulch.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Solarize Northeast Celebration: Wed, Aug 15th, 6:30 pm

Over 150 people expressed interest in increasing their home efficiency and adding solar panels to their homes through this year's Solarize Northeast Program. We would like to share the results of this program with you and celebrate the successes with you. .

Please join us for the Solarize Northeast Celebration: Ice Cream Social. Wed. Aug. 15 starting at 6:30.  
Come to this short event, grab a free ice cream cone and go for a tour to see the different solar installations on nearby homes

The event will start at 6:30 and closer to 7:00pm, there will be a 15-20 min program and then a tour led by Mr. Sun Solar to learn about the residential solar installations nearby. Ice cream will be available starting at 6:30pm - while it lasts!

PLEASE RSVP: Send an email to solarize@necoalition.org

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sullivan's Gulch Trail Letter of Support to City Council

July 25, 2012

City of Portland
Mayor Sam Adams and City Council
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340
Portland, Oregon, 97204
Attention: Mr. Chris Caruso, City Planner

Re: Sullivan's Gulch Hiking, Biking, and Walking Trail

Dear Mayor Adams and City Council,

The Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association (SGNA) supports the Sullivan's Gulch Trail Project (the Trail). Preliminary planning by the City of Portland has been completed for the Trail project; and SGNA has participated in the N/NE Quadrant Planning process and various other planning efforts related to new investment around our neighborhood. We would like to follow this planning with implementation efforts that will keep the Trail project moving forward.

To this end we recommend that the portion of the Trail within the N/NE Quadrant Plan boundaries be included along with any infrastructure projects proposed including improvements at I-5 and Broadway/Weidler, secondary and tertiary corridor improvements within the Lloyd District area, and any other infrastructure improvement planning and funding available for the implementation of the N/NE Quadrant Plan.

Further, we encourage the City of Portland to allocate funding for staff to pursue public and public/private partnerships. Adjacent to the Lloyd District and Sullivan's Gulch, areas of significant private and public investment, the Sullivan's Gulch Trail provides an opportunity to complete an ideal multi-modal network of transit options necessary to support and sustain regional economic growth. Therefore we believe this project is a priority for inner North and Northeast Portland and encourage funding be identified and secured as soon as possible.

We welcome the opportunity to work with the City of Portland and others to plan and finance this project.

Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association
Land Use and Transportation Committee

Carol Gossett, Chairperson

Friday, July 20, 2012

Gulch-wide Garage Sale Map

Click here to download your copy of the map of locations where you can find great bargains on valuable stuff during our Sullivan's Gulch Garage Sale.  Today only (Sat. July 21).

And after you've filled up your car, bike or wheelbarrow don't forget to visit the big sale Broadway being held by merchants on Broadway today and tomorrow.

Thanks to Stephen Chase for coordinating this year's garage sale.

Gulch-wide Garage Sale Map

Click here to download your copy of the map of locations where you can find great bargains on valuable stuff during our Sullivan's Gulch Garage Sale.  Today only (Sat. July 21).
And after you've filled up your car, bike or wheelbarrow don't forget to visit the big sale Broadway being held by merchants on Broadway today and tomorrow.

NE Broadway Super Sale Starts Today

Our friends at the Northeast Broadway Business Association (NEBBA) presents their annual Summer Super Sale this weekend July 20-22.  The event offers a festive atmosphere to enjoy one of the city's most diverse business districts. 

There will be two days of free live music, a health & wellness fair, pet fair, family fun zone and a beer, and a wine and food garden. And take advantage of amazing bargains to 70% off regular price.  Celebrate "Everything for Everyday!" this weekend.

Check out the full event schedule and details on great offers this weekend only at