Agenda, NWDA AQC Meeting, June 2nd, 2014, 7:00 pm

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Agenda, NWDA AQC Meeting, June 2nd, 2014, 7:00 pm, Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, 24th & NW Vaughn

1. Report on EPA grant to retrofit small, and minority contractors with tier 4 to reduce diesel emissions.
2. Report on first Site Logistics Plan meeting for Good Neighbor Agreement to reduce diesel emissions in the Con-way Master Plan area construction.
3. Status of Good Sam diesel reduction discussions
4. Reverse 911 registration
5. Website suggestions to improve outreach
6. Esco odor complaints
7. Restaurant odors, and how to work with the City to regulate stack emissions.

6-4-14 NWDA TransCom agenda

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Attached is the agenda for the June 4, 2014 NWDA Transportation Committee: 6-4-14 NWDA TransCom agenda

5-7-14 NWDA TransCom minutes

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Attached are the minutes for the May 7, 2014 NWDA Transportation Committee: 5-7-14 NWDA TransCom minutes

NWDA Annual Meeting – Monday the 19th!

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Be a part of shaping your neighborhood organization!

The NWDA Annual Meeting will be held on May 19th at 6 pm at the Legacy Good Samaritan Auditorium in Building #2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue (across NW22nd from the hospital’s main entrance). The Annual Meeting will be followed at 7:30 pm by a brief Board meeting.

The Annual meeting will include the election of NWDA Board Directors plus the Board President. There will also be short informative presentations from the Board President and committee chairpersons. All are welcome to attend. Attached are the following items:

Seven candidates declared for the eight open Board positions. These persons are: Carla Charlton, Don Genasci, Rebecca Hamilton, Brad Houle, Juliet Hyams, Phil Selinger and Kathy Sharp. There is one candidate for President: Gustavo Cruz. Balloting will close at 7:15 pm.

To vote you must be a member of the NWDA as a resident, Property owner, or a representative of a business or non-profit organization. The deadline for joining in time for voting was Noon, Wednesday, May 14th. Membership forms can otherwise be submitted on-line at www.northwestdistrictassociation.org/?page_id=354 or at Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh Street, Portland, OR 97210.

Absentee ballots are available at Neighbors West-Northwest between 9 am and 4 pm weekdays from Monday, May 12th to Friday, May 16th and Monday, May 19th. Absentee voting is permitted, but proxies are not allowed. For more information contract Mark Sieber at 503-823-4212.

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes

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Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee Meeting

May 12, 2014

Present: Kathy Sharp, Bob L, Evan Farnham, Jorjan Parker, Sharon Genasci

The NWDA Air Quality Committee is applying for an EPA grant to extend to other projects the Committee’s clean diesel work for the Con-way Master Plan area of the neighborhood (20 acres in the NE corner of the NW neighborhood). The Committee participated with NWDA Board President, Phil Selinger and Kevin Downing from DEQ to negotiate with Con-way and CE John to use tier 4 retrofits (highest reduction of diesel) on construction equipment in the Con-way area over ten years. The first project will be a New Seasons grocery store for NW 22nd and Raleigh. The final agreement, which includes oversight by the neighborhood, was with CE John, who has since reorganized to form a new development company called Cairn Pacific LLC. John Residential Group will remain the contractor for the New Seasons project, scheduled to start work building in mid June.

The new EPA grant application will focus mainly on low income and minority sub-contractors, providing funding for tier 4 retrofits. The AQC is working on this project with Kevin Downing as a consultant, as well as Lisa Arkin at Beyond Toxics in Eugene.

Kathy Sharp briefed the Committee on the meeting with Thomas Bickett, System Director, Facility Operations. Legacy Health (Good Sam Hospital) and Megan Turnell, Public & Community Relations Specialist, Good Sam. Kathy, Sharon and Kevin Downing, DEQ, continued prior discussions held at an NWDA Board meeting with Jonathan Avery, the new CEO at Good Sam, about the urgent need to replace the hospital generator (fifty years old). The generator, which is tested every month, emits large amounts of diesel pollution into some of the hospital rooms. Currently, the generator is scheduled for replacement in 18 months time. They also discussed Kevin’s suggestion to use clean diesel for all hospital related vehicles. They did agree to shut off the hospital air intake when the generator is being tested or used.

Bob l spoke about the continued odor complaints, mostly about ESCO odors and emissions. These complaints on the AQC website, www.portlandair.org, describe the ongoing problems in the neighborhood, particularly along Thurman and streets nearest to the industrial area, in spite of the controls (20 per cent reduction over five years) in the Good Neighbor Agreement with ESCO.

AQC members were urged to attend the NWDA Annual General meeting and election on May 19th, 6:00 pm, Wistar Morris Room at the Good Sam main building, 1015, NW 22nd.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

Air Quality Committee Agenda, May 12th, 2014

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1. Begin discussions about EPA Clean Diesel grant, a collaboration – Sharon
2. Briefing on Good Sam discussions about clean diesel -Kathy
3. Update from Tom DiChiara on status of New Seasons project and the GNA In the Con-way Master Plan area
4. ESCO tour and NAC Meeting
5. Odor complaints and website – Bob L
6. New Business

Good News for the Historic Goldsmith House at 1507 NW 24th Avenue

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The NWDA has learned that, even as interior demolition of the historic Goldsmith House had resumed on May 2nd, private parties, who are active in the community, have entered into a sale agreement for the combined properties at 1507 and 1525 NW 24th Avenue. Go to http://restoreoregon.org/1898-victorian-mansion-saved/ for more information.

This follows an on and off again stop work order that was intended to give the neighborhood an opportunity to contact the developer in the interest of saving the home from the in-progress demolition. That contact was made and a major effort made on the part of the new investors to take over the two properties. Tentative plans call for the restoration of the house in conjunction with the redevelopment of the balance of the property. The NWDA is pleased that all parties were able to come to this arrangement and that a historic piece of our community’s heritage will be saved and restored.

Draft April 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

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Draft April Board meeting minutes to be reviewed for approval at the May 19th Board meeting are available at:

Aprilminutes (3)

NWDAApril2014BoardTallyChart (2)

Annual Meeting and May Board Meeting – May 19th

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Be a part of shaping your neighborhood organization!

The NWDA Annual Meeting will be held on May 19th at 6 pm at the Legacy Good Samaritan Auditorium in Building #2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue (across NW22nd from the hospital’s main entrance). The Annual Meeting will be followed at 7:30 pm by a brief Board meeting.

The Annual meeting will include the election of NWDA Board Directors plus the Board President. There will also be short informative presentations from the Board President and committee chairpersons. All are welcome to attend. Attached are the following items:

Seven candidates declared for the eight open Board positions. These persons are: Carla Charlton, Don Genasci, Rebecca Hamilton, Brad Houle, Juliet Hyams, Phil Selinger and Kathy Sharp. There is one candidate for President: Gustavo Cruz. Balloting will close at 7:15 pm.

To vote you must be a member of the NWDA as a resident, Property owner, or a representative of a business or non-profit organization. The deadline for membership application is Noon, Wednesday, May 14th. Membership forms are available and can be submitted on-line at www.northwestdistrictassociation.org/?page_id=354 or at Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh Street, Portland, OR 97210.

Absentee ballots are available at Neighbors West-Northwest between 9 am and 4 pm weekdays from Monday, May 12th to Friday, May 16th and Monday, May 19th. Absentee voting is permitted, but proxies are not allowed. To vote absentee, you must register as a member at least three business days prior to the Annual Meeting, no later than noon, Wednesday, May 14th. For more information contract Mark Sieber at 503-823-4212.

 

A Tragic Turn of Events for the Historic Goldsmith House at 1507 NW 24th Avenue

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Recent press coverage has focused on the plight of the historic 1902 shingle-style Goldsmith House at NW 24th and Quimby, which was already undergoing interior demolition when the Northwest District Association (NWDA) learned of its imminent loss. On April 18th, based on an urgent plea to reverse issuance of an improperly issued demolition permit, the City posted a Stop Work Notice on the property. On May 1st the City explained this “stay of execution” and their change of interpretation with the following statement to be effective as of April 30th:

This change was made following the Bureau’s review of the demolition delay provisions of Title 24.55.200(K) (1), and the applicable legislative history of the demolition delay code language. It was determined that the exception [is] applicable only to situations in which the replacement residence is a single family residence. Thus, the demolition delay exception only applies when an applicant proposes to demolish one single family residence and replace it with one, and only one, single family residence on that site. Prior to this change, the Bureau had an administrative practice of applying this demolition delay exception to include projects in which a residential structure was replaced with one or more residential structures. (Emphasis added.)

Thus, the City acknowledged the plain meaning of the code, and said that the single residence exception does not apply where additional residential structures are to be built. The NWDA then held two meetings with the developer, Mr. Martin Kehoe of Portland Leeds Living LLC. Mr. Kehoe offered the NWDA up to 60 days to find a buyer for the house if the NWDA would waive its right to an additional 120 day appeal period. The NWDA said it would discuss the offer, and has since pursued an assessment of the house and prospective buyers.

Unfortunately, the NWDA has learned that, under pressure from attorneys for Mr. Kehoe, the City has reversed its enforcement of the Demolition Delay Notice. The Demolition Delay notices have been removed from the buildings and demolition has actively resumed over the weekend. Mr. Kehoe has apparently rescinded his offer, without having further discussions with neighborhood representatives. The NWDA is appalled that:

  • The City would abruptly reverse its correction of an incorrect reading of the code and its flawed administrative practice without notification to the neighborhood; and
  • Mr. Kehoe would appear to seek neighborhood support, and then immediately abandon those efforts once the City removed the neighborhood’s primary leverage in the form of a demolition delay.

This tragic circumstance is being repeated across the City as rising property values in urban neighborhoods tempt developers to demolish great homes to make a fast profit. The City’s poorly managed notification process has exacerbated residents’ concerns. It is unfortunate that many developers do not respect the historic character of our neighborhoods, and that the City has been unable to provide an effective response to the flood of demolition requests that is damaging our community.
Dated: Sunday, May 4, 2014, 11:30 am.

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