By Susan Lindsay


Buckman Community Association gathers for its monthly meeting Thursday, March 14, 7 pm in the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  The Board meets  from 6 pm. The agenda includes discussion about the building of zero-parking large scale apartments on transit streets including SE Hawthorne, Belmont, Morrison, Burnside and 12th Ave. Note however, the Portland Planning Commission meets to take public testimony on this issue and new proposed minor amendments prior on Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 pm. Testimony can be given in person or via email before the hearing psc@portlandoregon.gov . See www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/434428 to view proposed changes to the status quo.

These changes, by Matt Wickstrom and Joe Zehnder of the Planning and Sustainability Bureau, require review by the Planning Commission and City Council. Over 60 people attended the February BCA meeting as we discussed a proposed National Historic District in a portion of Buckman. Spokespersons both in support and opposition to the proposal presented views and the conversation was informed and robust.  Seeking further information? Contact Ian Johnson, National Register and Survey Program for the State of Oregon  Ian.Johnson@state.or.us  Volunteers welcome.

The Buckman Sustainability Committee has work parties planned for the popular “Picture a Garden” program creating gardens in unused parking strips and side yards. Meet Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm, to add three new plots at SE 27th and Salmon; March 16, clean up six plots at SE 15th and Alder; March 23, clean up three plots at 714 SE 19th; March 30, clean up four plots at SE 20th and Madison; April 6, add four plots at SE 25th and Yamhill.

We always need volunteers to help deliver our newsletter, The Buckman Voice. To sign up, contact BCA’s Nancy Oberschmidt nancyoberschmidt@gmail.com  This spring, the BCA seeks interested parties to help coordinate the 4th Annual Buckman Picnic in the Park, scheduled for Sunday, August 11, 4-8 pm in Colonel Summers Park. This inclusive, lively neighborhood picnic and family event held in conjunction with National Night Out needs new volunteers to ensure it continues. Contact BCA via email:  buckmanboard@googlegroups.com  or 503.482.8252. Join our community fb group, and follow neighborhood activities on our blog <buckmanvoice.wordpress.com>


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