By Kate Mitchell

MTNA held its monthly meeting March 18.

The board voted to grant a noise variance to the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby, scheduled this year for August 15.

Land Use updates were given on several development projects in the neighborhood.  Neighbors have expressed concerns with the impact these projects have on the surrounding neighborhood, both during construction and after.

Demolition has begun on the church at the corner of SE 50th and Lincoln St. to make way for a proposed 18 unit townhouse development.  The 84 unit apartment building development at 1916-1924 SE 50th is not permitted to move forward while the neighborhood attempts to find someone interested in moving the home at 1924 SE 50th.

The project to develop the WorldView Building on SE 60th has been reported to be cancelled.

Stephanie Stewart gave an update on the historic reservoirs at Mt Tabor Park. The Water Bureau is appealing some of the decisions made by the Historic Landmarks Commission. Mt Tabor intends to appeal in return to require the Landmarks Commission decisions be followed.  This can be an expensive appeal process.  Donations can be made through Southeast Uplift and are greatly needed.

The board voted to support the Division Design Initiave’s work on developing guidelines for development along SE Division and voted to make a $100 donation towards their effort.  Jim Smith will be MTNA’s representative to the committee.

MTNA neighborhood cleanup is coming up April 25 at Mt Tabor Middle School.