Street projects mulled

The Portland Office of Transportation will hold four open houses in April for residents living within walking distance of street and sidewalk improvement projects that might be financed through local improvement districts.

The potential projects would upgrade road surfaces, add sidewalks and create storm-water management systems to improve vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Although some Southwest property owners eventually will be asked to increase their taxes to pay for the improvements, firm cost estimates cannot be determined until after the final list of projects is developed.

All open houses are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

These targeted areas will be discussed at the following dates and locations: Vermont Street from 30th to 37th avenues, tonight, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway; 35th Avenue from Stephenson to Arnold streets, Thursday, Jackson Middle School, 10625 S.W. 35th Ave.; Vermont from Fourth Avenue to the Washington County line, April 8, Mittleman Jewish Community Center; and Hamilton from 39th Avenue to 60th Place, April 10, Bridlemile School, 4300 S.W. 47th Drive.


Senior survey to be guide

Northwest Portland Ministries has received a grant from the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement to train volunteers to conduct a survey of seniors in Northwest Portland and downtown.

The plan is to survey at least 250 seniors through the summer and use the information to guide the services the organization provides.

Currently, Northwest Portland Ministries matches volunteers with seniors for conversational visits to shut-ins, occasional house chores, walking partners and even dog walking for seniors who can no longer do that on their own.

Kelly Caldwell, volunteer manager at Northwest Portland Ministries, said she is looking for volunteers to be part of the survey team, and perhaps more.

'The survey data is great but more important is the one-on-one contact and the fact that I'm training neighbors to be local resource people,' Caldwell said.

For information, call 503-413-5530.


Portsmouth idea in works

The City Council will consider the Portland Development Commission's draft plan for the reuse of the 2nd Lt. Alfred Sharff Army Reserve Center, 8801 N. Chautauqua Blvd.

The plan, which can be viewed at, recommends transferring the 4.9 acres of land to the Oregon Military Department for use by the Oregon Army National Guard. It had been listed as surplus property and was scheduled to be closed by 2011.

The recommendation is a victory for some citizen activists who've been lobbying to keep the site from being turned into public housing.

They believe there is already too much public housing in and sited for the Portsmouth neighborhood.

The council is set to review the plan April 9 on its regular agenda, which begins at 9:30 a.m.; public testimony is welcome.


MAX tops topics

Portland city officials will host an open house in Northeast Portland on April 14 to take public input on ways the areas around east-side MAX stations could be improved.

The city's project is a joint effort by its Bureau of Planning and its Office of Transportation.

The project will investigate ways to improve land-use patterns, building designs and the transportation networks around MAX stations at 60th, 82nd, 122nd, 148th and 162nd avenues and at the Parkrose/Sumner transit center at Northeast 95th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

The open house runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Banfield Pet Hospital at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Tillamook Street.


Act now on action plan

The public is invited to attend a Wednesday open house on the city's East Portland Action Plan.

Mayor Tom Potter, state Rep. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, and Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler have convened the East Portland Action Plan Committee intended to improve the area's livability, planning, business environment, housing supply and sense of community.

The public is invited to the open house to share ideas for 'high priority near, medium, and long-term livability actions.'

The open house will run from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.


Park needs primping

There will be a work party from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Sewallcrest Park at the intersection of Southeast 31st Avenue and Market Street to lend a hand in sprucing up the Sewallcrest Community Garden.

The cleanup involves weeding the perimeter of the garden and working on the paths there.

Tools are provided, but volunteers should bring gloves, carry their own water and come prepared for the weather.

Participants can arrive anytime during the event.

- Tribune staff

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