By Susan Lindsay
Portland “Comp” Plan Forum: Thursday, November 14, 7-9 pm, Buckman Community Association will host a forum on potential changes to future housing and commercial density on the inner eastside as a result of the writing of a new comprehensive plan. How much density and development in inner SE/NE do you want? What kind and where? Now is the time to get involved and get your ideas and opinions heard. Staff from Portland Planning and Sustainability will be on hand to answer your questions, explain their process and listen to your feedback on future development, size, and traffic/parking impacts on neighborhoods. Nearby neighbors from HAND, Sunnyside, Richmond, KERNS and Brooklyn are invited and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Washington High School Has a New Owner: After decades as a quiet shuttered giant, the 100,000 sq/ft., 4 storied Washington High School is about to undergo a multimillion dollar renovation. On Oct. 24, Portland Public Schools sold the former high school, closed in the early 80’s, to Venerable Properties, known widely for their work with preserving historically-significant structures. Venerable’s President, Craig Kelly, presented plans recently to the BCA for the renovation of the school into 75,000 sq/ft of commercial office, retail and creative space. Construction will begin immediately and will last about a year. Expect significant traffic, parking and noise impacts along 14th Ave.
Leaf Day Changes Coming!!: According to the PDOT website, leaf pickups for Buckman Zone 2 (SE 12th/Stark/Hawthorne and Cesar Chavez) will be Sunday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Nov. 25. **The website also states that this year, cars not moved in Zone 2 will be cited and may even be towed during the pickups**. This is a big change from previous policy. Please move your vehicle prior to or during the leaf pickups to avoid fines or even being towed. As the zone is huge and nearby street parking limited or non-existent, the BCA will be contacting PDOT with our concerns about this process and potential financial impacts on Buckman residents.
Goat Blocks to be Redeveloped: The former Monte Carlo Blocks (SE Belmont/Taylor/11th/10th), which have been vacant since the great fire of 2002, will be redeveloped into mixed use commercial/residential. The large site, owned by Killian-Pacific since 2000, has recently become more notable as the home to a band of friendly and individually named goats cared for by Creative Woodworking NW. While the goats will presumably take a move away from the site with stride, the BCA plans to host Killian-Pacific at an upcoming meeting to view the potential plans for the two block contiguous parcel of prime property and to give interested neighbors an opportunity to collaborate on the development.