Download the results of our on-line survey about the proposed Con-way area public square design. The survey also included a question on the importance of specific items to be included in a possible construction Good Neighbor Agreement with Con-way (see page 6 of the pdf).
Please take a moment to complete a short online survey about the square that will be built in the Con-way Masterplan area.
As a bit of background, in 2009 and 2010, NWDA led a community-driven planning process that resulted in an urban design concept for the Slabtown neighborhood in Northwest Portland. Based on the results of an online survey and five workshops, the neighborhood’s top priorities were defined as parks, squares, and open spaces; pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets; and creating a historically significant iconic focal point. In 2011 and 2012, to advance the goals and priorities of the neighborhood, NWDA participated in the development of a masterplan for a 17-acre parcel of land owned by Con-way.
The masterplan was approved in August 2012. Roughly 25% of the masterplan area is dedicated to a park, square, and pedestrian walkways. Portland Parks & Recreation will lead a pubic process to design and develop the public park. The square will be part of a private development site, which will be located on the western half of the block between NW 20th and NW 21st and NW Pettygrove and NW Quimby. As part of the masterplan agreement, the public will have an enhanced role in the design of the square once a developer is identified.
In anticipation of this design process, Don Genasci, an NWDA Board member and architecture professor at the University of Oregon, has arranged to have roughly twenty students design visions of the Slabtown square as a part of their course work. NWDA is excited to review a wide variety of creative student ideas and designs to help inform the future design of the square.
We would like to supplement the formal masterplan guidelines and design standards with your opinions and ideas about what would make a great neighborhood square.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
The final, approved Con-way Masterplan is a 131 page document.
Pages 1-43 (18MB): 12 0827 Con-way Master Plan_FINAL_revised 08.27.12-part1.pdf
Pages 44-85 (9MB): 12 0827 Con-way Master Plan_FINAL_revised 08.27.12-part2.pdf
Pages 86-100 (30MB): 12 0827 Con-way Master Plan_FINAL_revised 08.27.12-part3.pdf
Pages 101-110 (18MB): 12 0827 Con-way Master Plan_FINAL_revised 08.27.12-part4.pdf
Pages 111-131 (2MB): 12 0827 Con-way Master Plan_FINAL_revised 08.27.12-part5.pdf
Today, the Hearings Officer approved the Con-way Masterplan. NWDA testified in support of the plan, with several conditions. No one testified in opposition to the plan. Con-way submitted proposed revisions to the masterplan to accommodate NWDA conditions and requests. The Hearings Officer closed the record. Con-way will incorporate the approved revisions into the final version of the Masterplan.
NWDA’s testimony and Con-way’s proposed revisions are available for download here:
April 24, 2012 Con-way Master Plan document (27MB): 12 0423 Con-way Master Plan.pdf
Con-way has completed the final draft of its Masterplan to be submitted for design review, which is expected to occur in late June or July.
NWDA is currently reviewing the document and intends to provide feedback to Con-way in advance of design review. We welcome input from the community. If you would like to receive a copy of the document by email, please send a request to Ron Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a long document (over 100 pages) and a large file (66 MB) that is too large to post on the NWDA website.
Con-way will hold an open house on Tuesday, March 13 from 6 to 8 pm to update the community on the current status of the Northwest Masterplan.
Neighbors, business owners, stakeholders, residents, the general public.
An open house to discuss the proposed master plan for the property owned by Con-way in Northwest Portland.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 6-8 pm
Legacy Good Samaritan, Building 2 Auditorium 1040 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
Con-way Inc. controls over 17 acres in Northwest Portland, and hopes to create a master plan framework for their land that encourages mixed-use and market driven development. This open house is an opportunity for the public to see the in-progress elements of the master plan framework.
NW Masterplan DAR
March 1, 2012
Kittelson couldn’t attend so PBOT presented an overview of the traffic study.
Carol Mayer-Reed, Con-way’s park consultant, presented their open space plan, which called for conveying the full block north of Pettygrove btw 20 and 21 to PP&R, along with some weak guiding principles on how PP&R should consider developing the open space.
Brett Horner from PP&R gave their perspective. PP&R is generally opposed to a square on the western half of the block. They prefer a park, possibly with some hard-scape. PP&R wants as few restrictions as possible on the space.
Tom DiChiara from CE John gave an overview of the proposed grocery complex on Block 296.
The Design Commission had lots of questions so the meeting ran several hours.
Public testimony was invited. The Northwest Sustainable Transitions Group testified and submitted an alternative open space configuration.
Don Genasci, Phil Selinger and Ron Walters testified on behalf of NWDA. Don and Phil did a nice job of expressing NWDA concerns about the open space plan and traffic mitigation plan, respectively. Ron’s testimony can be downloaded here: DAR-030112
1. Meet with Con-way and Kittelson to try to resolve concerns about the traffic study.
2. Meet with Con-way and PP&R to look for common ground on open space plan.