By Kate Mitchell
MTNA held its monthly meeting January 21.
Officers from the gang crimes prevention unit as well as representatives from Tabor Space were present to discuss the recent shooting at SE Belmont and 53rd. No one was injured. A family rented the space for a teenager’s birthday party and after the party there were reports of shots fired outside the building.
It is unclear if the shooter attended the party or came to the area after the party was over. When the officers arrived they recognized individuals that are known to be associated with gangs. Possibly the uninvited individuals heard about the party through social media.
Tabor Space is taking the situation very seriously and is considering changes such as having events end earlier and having a door person check and see if the amount of attendees are in line with expectations. Members of the Neighborhood Association voiced appreciation for the involvement of Tabor Space in the community. A bullet entered a home on SE 76th Ave from this incident.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Brian Sims at 503.823.2079 or Brian.Sims@PortlandOregon.gov
MTNA voted to establish a general fund with SE Uplift that will allow individuals to make tax-deductible donations to MTNA through SEUL.
Mark Desbrow and Ethan Beck with Green Light Development spoke about a project proposed for the vacant parking lot on Yamhill behind the Marquis Skilled Nursing Facility. The project would be a 12-15 unit subdivision with R5 zoning. Sign up for email updates at www.eepurl.com_XGof.
MTNA voted to support the concept of a bikeway in the 60s connecting the MAX line to Springwater corridor via Mt Tabor Park.
They also voted to support the creation of a safe route for Mt Tabor Middle School for kids to cross Burnside at SE 57th/SE 58th and to support an ADA compliant sidewalk connecting Gilham and Burnside with Stark and the Montavilla Business District.
The Mt Tabor reservoir disconnection process continues to be discussed by the Historic Landmarks Commission.
Brian Mitchell gave an update on the development at 1916-1924 SE 50th Ave. The proposed development is 84 units with 21 auto parking spaces and 100+ bike parking spaces. MTNA requested a 120 day demolition delay of the bungalow at 1924 SE 50th St. and the developer is offering the structure for free to anyone that is willing to move it to a new location. A community meeting on February 14 generated feedback for the developer.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 18 at 7 pm at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont, with a social time starting 6:50 pm.