The Portland Development Commission (PDC) purchased the St. Johns Brownfield site at 8735 N Lombard (N Lombard and N Baltimore) in 1976. A service station and automotive garage occupied the site for years, leaving behind several underground storage tanks (USTs) and contaminated soil.
In 2004, the City of Portland applied for a $200,000 Brownfield Cleanup Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the EPA allocated funding in November 2005.
A 2006 Phase II Environmental Site Assessment identified petroleum, lead and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in different locations on the site. None of the contaminants exceeded Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or EPA screening levels.
The city removed all USTs and the contaminated soil underneath them and under the sidewalk. The cleanup included removing and replacing topsoil contaminated by lead and PCBs.
The PDC transferred the property to the Bureau of Environmental Services to allow the Portland Brownfield Program to coordinate steps for development, including a public involvement process and issuing a public Request For Proposals.
St. Johns Brownfield Advisory Committee
The redevelopment process began with public meetings in November 2006 and January 2007, followed by formation of a community advisory committee representing a wide range of interests.
Original advisory committee members were:
- James Hayes - business owner, resident
- Michael Selin - business owner, commercial property owner, resident
- Mary Ann Aschenbrenner – resident, recreation advocate
- Jay Breslow - James John Elementary SUN program, youth advocate
- Michael Kohlhoff - commercial and residential property owner, tennis advocate
- Sharron Rae, Cathedral Park neighborhood resident
- Martin Campos- resident
- Richard Arnold - tennis advocate, resident
- Thomas Ebert - St. Johns Neighborhood Association
- Jim Schaller - North Portland Business Association
The advisory committee developed a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for site development. The initial selection, St. John's Alley, was unable to move forward with their proposed plan and withdrew from the site in December 2012. The committee then met with the next highest scoring sumbission, 2/3rds Project, which proposes a mixed use development with a variety of retail, office, and residential spaces. The design also incorporates a a wide, well-lit pedestrian path through the middle of the site, creating an activated connection to the Racquet Club.
Environmental Services and 2/3rds Project entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2013. 2/3rds Project plans to hold a public meeting by mid-April 2013 to share plans, answer questions, and discuss the development timeline.
For More Information
Contact Jenn Bildersee at 503-823-7764.