By Patricia Sanders

Fans of old Montavilla and its architecture will be happy to learn that the historic resource survey of the Stark-Washington corridor has officially begun.

Brandon Spencer-Hartle of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and consultant Matthew Davis of the Architectural Resources Group will be working with graduate students in the University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program and with Montavilla volunteers to photograph the exteriors and gather historical information about selected buildings with historically or culturally significance. This will lead to a better understanding of familiar Montavilla landmarks and possibly to their later inclusion in a Portland Historic Resources Inventory.

At the last Montavilla Neighborhood Association general meeting January 14 Spencer-Hartle and Davis described the survey. They invited those with relevant stories about people or businesses or with archival information, such as old photos, articles, or blueprints to contact him at brandon.spencer@portlandoregon.gov. Montavillans who would like to help with photographing or researching buildings may contact him as well.

Marty Stockton of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability announced that the draft report of the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development has been released and is available for review on the Bureau website: portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/708713.

The next MNA meetings will take place Monday, February 11 at Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave. General meeting is from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and the board meeting from 7:35 pm to 8:30 pm.