Mission to fix restrooms

The Portland Rescue Mission is holding a fundraiser to bring its 24-hour public toilets, the only ones in the Old Town-Chinatown neighborhood, up to city code.

In an effort to raise money to upgrade the restrooms, which are used mainly by the homeless, the Mission, advocacy group Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human and volunteers are holding a fundraising concert called 'Tunes for Toilets' at 9 p.m. Friday at the Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave.

The concert will be hosted by writer-comedian Adrian Chen and will include a number of local bands playing independent and experimental music.

While the restrooms at 111 W. Burnside St. are not in danger of being closed as is, city officials have told the Mission that the toilets need to be brought up to code. That will cost about $60,000, according to Bill Miller, Mission spokesman.

'We want to not only bring these up to code, but to reflect the dignity that we want to show people who live on the streets,' Miller said.


Property moves mulled

Two of the most talked about issues in Southwest are heading toward resolution.

The Food Front board of directors will vote this month whether to open a second store in the former Wild Oats space in the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Holly Jarvis, the general manager of the co-op, said no major stumbling blocks have emerged as the idea has been studied over the past few months but that board approval is still a requirement.

And the Portland Development Commission will discuss the final reuse plans for the Sgt. Jerome Sears Army Reserve Center during a community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the facility, 2730 S.W. Multnomah Blvd.

The federal government has declared the property surplus but requires that programs to help the homeless take priority in any new plans.

The City Council is expected to make a final decision in late May.


Corridor plan presented

The Portland Development Commission and the city's Bureau of Planning will unveil the long-awaited North Interstate Corridor Plan at a public meeting set for Thursday.

The plan, available online at, includes the recommendations of staff as well as public input on ways to change the zoning around five MAX station areas from Overlook Park to North Lombard Street.

It includes information on the recommended zoning designations, specific regulations to address neighborhood concerns and design-review guidelines to shape new development along North Interstate Avenue.

Citizens may review and discuss the plan at the open house as well as at two upcoming public testimony sessions.

The open house is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kaiser Town Hall, 3704 N. Interstate Ave.


Land-use cases debated

The Wilkes Community Group tonight will discuss two controversial land-use cases, including a proposed land division and addition to a house on Northeast 155th Avenue, and a rezone of the Colwood National Golf Club to turn it into a warehouse-laden industrial area.

In the first case, a resident in the 1700 block of Northeast 155th Avenue has asked to divvy up his land into two lots, and also to build a second floor despite having only a 17-foot setback. Many residents are concerned about the changes, according to Ross Monn of the community group.

The Colwood National Golf Club is pursuing a rezone of approximately 140 acres from open space land to industrial, as part of an initiative to sell some of its land to the Port of Portland.

The group will discuss the project and whether it should appeal the outcome of the initial land-use hearing on the plan.

The group's general meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Teamsters Complex, Joe Edgar Hall, 1850 N.E. 162nd Ave.


82nd Avenue gets help

A group of Portland State University graduate students will host an open house Thursday to talk about their community 'visioning' process for Northeast 82nd Avenue.

The graduate students, as part of the PSU urban and regional planning program, will guide a public process to establish a community view for the future of 82nd Avenue, between Interstate 84 and Sandy Boulevard.

The open house runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the community room of Banfield, the Pet Hospital, 8000 N.E. Tillamook St.


Clay Street goes 'green'

The Bureau of Environmental Services has finished installing three curb extensions with bioswales at the intersection of Southeast Clay Street and 12th Avenue.

The work, which was completed in February, is the first phase of a plan to transform Clay from 12th to the Willamette River into a so-called 'green street' that would divert storm water out of the sewer system into natural settings as well as improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The agency and Portland Community College are working together on the next phase, designing and installing another sustainable storm-water project at the intersection of Clay Street and Water Avenue. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

- Tribune staff

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