Garage plan reborn
Just when it appeared that developer Richard Singer's proposed parking garage behind the Papa Haydn restaurant on Northwest 23rd Avenue was dead, unexpected City Council maneuvering Thursday appears to have given it a breath of life.
In February, the council voted 3-2 to uphold an appeal by the Northwest Portland neighborhood association that denied approval for the garage.
Council members appeared to agree with the neighborhood association's contention that the site on Northwest Irving Street would endanger pedestrians.
On Thursday, Singer won a round when - after urging the city council members - neighborhood association representatives agreed to meet with Singer and a city-supplied outside mediator in an attempt to find a compromise that would allow the garage to proceed.
But Juliet Hyams, acting president of the neighborhood association, said Friday she does not see much room for compromise, and was puzzled why City Council members wanted the mediation.
'The fact that they (council members) want to devote city money to this is baffling to me,' Hyams said.
Trail vision rolled out
Community members are invited to hear more about the vision for the planned half-mile trail section in the Bridgeton Neighborhood, which will link North Bridgeton Road to Interstate 5.
Architect Bo Nevue, of the Portland urban design firm Nevue Ngan, will describe how he has attempted to build neighbors' feedback into his trail design. It is one of the missing links of the Marine Drive Trail 40-mile loop, and will serve everyone from dog-walkers and pedestrians to cyclists, birdwatchers and other users.
'It's really not just a trail, it is a neighborhood promenade,' said Patty Freeman, the Portland Parks and Recreation landscape architect for the project.
She said the plan is still in the early stages - with no funding or construction timeline set - because the city still must secure the private property on which to build the trail. She said planners are consulting with the Columbia River Crossing task force to coordinate efforts.
The Bridgeton Neighborhood Association meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7 of Columbia School, 716 N.E. Marine Drive.
Sandy to be repaved
Northeast Portland's Sandy Boulevard will see even more action - and more motorist and pedestrian inconvenience - this month.
The resurfacing and streetscape project will require some lanes of the street to be closed through Friday for workers to remove the top layer of asphalt on Sandy between Northeast 29th and 47th avenues.
The work will occur from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on most sections, and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday on the section between Northeast 44th and 47th Avenues.
Workers then will repave those sections April 23 through April 27. All repaving work will occur from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on those days.
Officials with Portland's Office of Transportation said that one lane in each direction on Sandy will remain open during the work.
Group looks at Russell
The Russell Neighborhood Association will discuss on Thursday the issues faced by a new community livability committee.
Neighborhood association President Bonny McKnight said Russell, which lies east of Northeast 122nd Avenue between Hazelwood to the south and Interstate 84 to the north, is wrestling with quality of life issues, including a deterioration of properties that appears linked to an increase in rental properties and temporary residents.
Reservoir meeting set
A community meeting on the Mount Tabor Reservoirs Security and Maintenance Project is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 S.E. Belmont St.
It will include presentations by the two city agencies involved in the project, the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.
The project will involve installing water lines, sewer lines and natural gas lines on and around Southeast 59th and 60th avenues between Lincoln Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. It also may rebuild portions of 59th as a 'green' street with storm water treatment features.
Issues to be discussed include the construction schedule and plans for monitoring work-related vibrations in the area.
Ballot forum scheduled
City charter reform measures and Portland school board candidates appearing on the May election ballot will be featured at a special voters forum 7 p.m., April 30 at the Multnomah Center Auditorium, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway.
The forum is sponsored by the two neighborhood coalition offices covering west Portland, Southwest Neighbors Inc. and Neighbors West/Northwest.
The forum will include a discussion of Measure 26-91, which proposes to place all city agencies under a city manager appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council.
The forum also will feature the two Portland school board candidates vying to represent Zone 1, incumbent Doug Morgan and challenger Ruth Adkins.
Vote-by-mail ballots for the election will be sent soon and must be returned by May 15.
- Tribune staff