Existing Good Neighbor Agreements

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Balvo – 523 NW 23rd Ave – 10/26/05

Besaw’s – 2302 NW Savier – 8/8/05

Java Vivace – 2287 NW Pettygrove – 7/28/05

Lucky Labrador – 1925 NW Quimby – 7/19/05

Pastini Pasteria – 1506 NW 23rd Ave – 1/11/05

Square Deal Wine – 2321 NW Thurman – 1/11/05

Sansai Japanese Restaurant – 539 NW 21st Ave – 1/10/05

Basilico – 500 NW 21st – 7/13/04

The Green Room – 2280 NW Thurman – 7/4/04

Butter End Pub – 1981 W Burnside – 6/10/04

Epicure – 407 NW 17th Ave – 4/23/04

Yuki Japanese Restaurant – 930 NW 23rd Ave3/21/04

Saint Honore Bakery – 2335 NW Thurman – 3/21/04

Le Happy – 1011 NW 16th Ave – 3/18/04

Bartini – 2114 NW Glisan – 2/19/04

Silver Dollar Pizza – 501 NW 21st Ave – 5/2/03

F-com – 1632 NW Thruman – 4/19/03

Emanon Café – 1000 NW 17th Ave – 1/15/03

Kornblatt’s Delicatessen – 628 NW 23rd – 9/29/02

Pastini – 1506 NW 23rd Ave – 9/10/02

Koji Osakaya Japanese Restaurant – 539 NW 21st Ave – 6/18/01

Citron Bistro and Bar – 210 NW Hoyt – 1/9/00

Nov. 5, 2014 TransCom agenda

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Attached is the Nov. 5, 2014 agenda for the NWDA Transportation Committee. 11-5-14 TransCom Agenda

October 1, 2014 Transportation Committee minutes

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Attached are the minutes for the October 1, 2014 NWDA Transportation Committee minutes.  10-1-14 NWDA TransCom minutes

Ballow & Wright building preservation

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The NWDA opposes demolition of two buildings on NW 18th between Irving and Hoyt  to erect a 6-story, 82-unit apartment building. You can read our letter to the Historic Landmarks Commission and City Council.  Here is the position statement signed by 50 supporting neighbors. Both buildings are located in the Alphabet Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, development requires special scrutiny under City Code.

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The Ballow & Wright building.

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These 1940s apartments adjacent to the Ballow & Wright Building would also be demolished for the proposed development.

The Ballow & Wright building is a “contributing” structure, the demolition of which requires Type IV review by the Historic Landmarks Commission and City Council.

Only one prior Type IV demolition has ever been approved by City Council; the Dirty Duck Tavern in Old Town.  It was demolished to make way for Blanchet House, which provides meals, housing and other services to the homeless.  In this case, the building in question would be replaced by a six-story, 82-unit modern apartment building.

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A rendering of the proposed development in context.

In addition to destroying a historic resource, the proposed project would damage the historic fabric of the district by imposing a mammoth, architecturally-incompatible building in an enclave of historic landmarks, many of which are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The scale of the proposed development would resemble that of Park 19, at NW 18th and Glisan/Hoyt.

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A nearby historic landmark facing the proposed site at NW 18th and Irving.

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A nearby historic landmark on NW Hoyt, also facing the proposed site.


How to Help

Here’s what you can do to help preserve these historic resources (any or all of the following):

1)      Write to the Landmarks Commission, City Council or Council Staff opposing this project.

2)      Sign this petition opposing the project.  Feel free to post it to your Facebook page as well!

3)      Testify before city council on December 10 (at City Hall, 2:00 p.m.), or just attend to show your support.

4)      Make a tax-deductible donation to the NWDA’s Historic District Fund to help defray legal and other expenses.
* Donate in person by credit card by stopping by the NWNW office below
* Send checks to:  NWNW, 2257 NW Raleigh, Portland, Oregon 97210
Please make the checks out to the NWDA with Historic District Fund in the memo line.
* Donate via Paypal using the button below.

The NWDA’s tax ID number is 93-0612379.

5)      Provide and collect email addresses for neighbors willing to support us so we can keep everyone updated on meetings and progress.

6)      “Like” or sign up for our Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates.

Direct any questions to Mark Sieber at 503.823.4212 or mark@nwnw.org

PBOT open house on Our Streets

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Open House

Come learn about the Our Streets PDX
effort to improve Portland streets

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to an open house to learn about the current effort to fund critical transportation safety and maintenance improvements on city streets. You’ll be able to ask questions and learn more about safety and maintenance projects that could be funded. The City Council is expected to vote on the program later in November.

What: Open House to learn about the current Our Streets funding effort

When: Wednesday, November 5th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: St. Philip Neri Church’s Carvlin Hall, 2408 SE 16th (enter Carvlin Hall from the parking lot, which can be accessed from SE 16th or from SE Tamarack St.). TriMet: #4 Bus Line

The public is also invited to participate in City Council’s first hearing on the Street funding effort, later in November in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1121 SW 4th Ave. Public testimony is welcomed.

For more information, please visit www.ourstreetspdx.com. Additional questions and comments can be directed to ourstreetspdx@portlandoregon.gov.

TriMet survey on future transit service

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TriMet would like us to complete a survey about future transit service. The survey can be accessed at the North/Central Service Enhancement Plan <http://future.trimet.org/northcentral>  

NWDA Air Quality Committee Minutes, 10.13.14

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Minutes, NWDA Air Quality Committee

October 13, 2014

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

We met in the Breakfast Room at the Silver Cloud Inn, beginning with a report from Sharon about the AQC’s (Air Quality Committee) draft amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Copies of the draft amendments were sent in advance to AQC and Planning Committee members. The amendments will formally be presented to the city on November 3rd in a presentation from the NWDA Planning Committee. AQC and Transportation committees are joining Planning in the Comprehensive Plan presentation. Sharon handed round a draft handout for the November 3rd presentation, which was edited by AQC members at the meeting.

Bob L agreed to research ESCO odor complaints for the NAC (ESCO Neighborhood Advisory Committee) meeting, which is scheduled for October 27th at 5:00 P.M. at Friendly House.

Kathy gave an update on the Good Sam clean diesel work underway. There has been a delay due to a staff illness, but things are moving forward. We sent the hospital details of our clean diesel agreement with John Residential, and this is being passed around among Good Sam representatives.

Sharon and Kathy reported on the Site Logistics meeting on October 12th to discuss some problems with low tier equipment, mainly excavator trucks, some concrete pumps, and a few other pieces of equipment on site at the New Seasons and housing under construction on NW 22nd and Raleigh.
John Residential is working on this.

Kathy presented a draft of a new AQC Work Plan, which the group was very pleased with. This will be presented to the NWDA Board. for final approval.

Sharon Genasci, Chair, NWDA Air Quality Committee

NWDA Air Quality Committee Agenda 10.13.14

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Agenda, NWDA Air Quality Committee

October 13, 7:00 p.m., Breakfast Room, Silver Cloud Inn, NW 24th Place and Vaughn
1. AQC amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan – Sharon

2. Odor complaints

3. Good Sam update – Kathy Sharp

4. Site Logistics report (NWDA oversight for clean diesel in New Seasons construction, NW 22nd & Raleigh) – Sharon

5. ESCO NAC (neighborhood advisory committee) meeting 5:00 p.m., Friendly House, October 27th Public welcome.

6. AQC Work Plan

TriMet to resume Line No. 15 regular service

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TriMet released the following:

Beginning Sunday, October 12, Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd will return to its regular route with standard-size buses running on NW Thurman Street and the newly rehabilitated Thurman Street Bridge. Vans will no longer be used. Line 15 buses will resume serving all stops on NW Thurman between NW 23rd Avenue and NW Thurman & Gordon and temporary stops will be removed. Buses will return to using the layover zones at NW Thurman & 28th on the north side of Thurman, and NW Thurman & 27th on the south side of Thurman.

TriMet began using shuttle vans last spring to serve the Line 15 route between NW 23rd and the intersection of NW Thurman & Gordon during the closure and rehabilitation of the historic 109 year old bridge. When the bridge reopens it will have a new deck, new sidewalks, repaired superstructure and the bridge weight restriction will be lifted.


Thurman Street Bridge Newsletter

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Attached is the most recent newsletter on the Thurman Street Bridge:



Hope to see you at the grand reopening!