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Joint Open House: Rose Quarter and N/NE Quadrant Projects

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You're invited to learn about and provide input on two planning projects for the N/NE Quadrant of Portland's Central City

Flyer for the November 15, 2010 Joint Open HouseYou're invited to learn about and provide input on two planning projects for the N/NE Quadrant of Portland's Central City.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning Way

4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Various plans to enhance the N/NE Quadrant of Portland's Central City are in the works. Staff from two such projects, the Draft Rose Quarter District Plan and the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans, invite you to a Joint Open House to learn more about the projects and offer your input.

The Portland Development Commission is leading the project team for the Rose Quarter project. The N/NE Quadrant project is a collaborative project between the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation. All members of the community, especially those who live or work in and/or travel through the N/NE Quadrant area are encouraged to attend.

The people who live and work in or visit the N/NE Quadrant can provide valuable perspective during the district's planning process. To capture some of that insight, the Open House will provide an interactive opportunity for attendees to learn about district-specific planning projects and help plan for the future of the area.

Getting to the Open House

  1. Free Parking is available in the West Broadway Garage in the Rose Quarter Complex. Once you park your vehicle, tell the parking attendant that you are attending the Open House in Memorial Coliseum.

  2. The Rose Quarter Transit Center to the SW of Memorial Coliseum is served by Bus Lines 4, 8, 9, 35, 44, 70, 73, 77, 85 and all Max Lines.

  3. Bicyclists and Pedestrians can access Memorial Coliseum from Interstate Avenue, the Broadway Bridge, the Steel Bridge, Williams/Vancouver couplet, and the Broadway/Weidler Couplet.

More Information

For more information on the Rose Quarter District Plan, contact Kevin Brake at the Portland Development Commission at 503-823-3351 or visit the project website at:

For more information on the N/NE Quadrant Project, contact Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6042.


The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Smart Grid Oregon announces November 9 policy conference

BPS E-news Issue 8

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is a co-sponsor of the first Smart Grid Oregon Public Policy Conference, e-news iconpresented by Smart Grid Oregon on November 9 at Portland’s World Trade Center. The aim of this first Smart Grid Oregon Public Policy Conference is to help public and utility officials, regulators, legislators, city and county governments and other stakeholders in Oregon and the region gain a better understanding of the Smart Grid and policy decisions that will need to be addressed in the coming years. This conference is intended to inform knowledgeable, forward-looking public leaders of the many Smart Grid activities taking place today in the region and world that can be useful in crafting a visionary public policy.

What is a smart grid?

The smart grid is the application and networking of technologies and strategies to make the electricity system more reliable, more efficient, and less costly. The smart grid empowers consumers to actively manage their energy use, and
allows the optimal integration and use of conservation and renewable energy resources to reduce fossil fuel reliance and greenhouse gas emissions.
Smart Grid Oregon is dedicated to making Oregon a leader in the implementation of Smart Grid technologies and in
supporting companies that build and market Smart Grid products and services.
When | Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where | World Trade Center, Building 2, 121 SW Salmon St., Portland, Oregon 97204

Who | Public and utility officials, regulators, legislators, city and county governments and other stakeholders

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Build It Green! Tour attracts homes with good energy

BPS E-news Issue 8

The 2010 Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, September 25 was a sensation! Thank you to all the enthusiastic volunteers, tour goers, home owners, contactors, staff, media, nonprofits and vendors who contributed to the vitality, diversity and success of BPS’s 9th Annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair. Nearly 1,000 tour-goers learned about the latest in green building techniques at the homes and at the Info Fair at Ecohaus.

The 21 green home projects really shined in the 80-degree sunny weather. Solar panels cranked away, insulated spaces stayed cool, homeowners got rave reviews from curious tour-goers, and inspiring information was exchanged. The Info Fair was full of energy, vendors, lively music, raffles, Metro’s native plant display and two tiny houses on trailers.

Thank you to our great tour and Info Fair sponsors:  Metro, Energy Trust of Oregon, Oregon Home Magazine, Solar Oregon, Ecohaus, City of Portland Bureaus of Environmental Services, Development Services and Water.

Do you have a green residential project you’d like to show off next year? 

Do you have a green residential project within the City of Portland to nominate for the tenth annual BIG! Home Tour? Contact Valerie Garrett, tour coordinator, at or 503-823-5431 to be placed on the contact list for nomination forms due out mid-February, 2011.


East Portland Neighborhoods Historic Survey Project seeks mid-century examples

BPS E-news Issue 8

Much of East Portland was developed in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, when new architectural styles and building forms were introduced. Popular suburban home archetypes such as the Ranch House, Split-level and “Mid-Century Modern” were conceived during the post-war era and are now enjoying a kind of renaissance among 21st century home owners. Because these styles and forms are now 50+ years old, they are the focus of an historic building survey project in East Portland neighborhoods, thanks to a small grant from the State Historic Preservation Office.

The Historic Resources team at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working with consultants at Historic
Preservation Northwest to photograph buildings and determine their age, style and characteristic features. The focus is on “Mid-Century” residential areas developed during the 1940-60s, and a sampling of buildings are being surveyed. The project will include a description of the architectural styles of buildings and historical research.

Other important development types and features that contribute to the special identity of East Portland, such as the oldest buildings in the area, historic commercial properties, and public properties and historic natural features, also merit closer attention and may be evaluated in a future phase of survey work, as funding permits. The project team will look at the outside of buildings and will complete their documentation from the public right-of-way. They will not require admittance onto private property.

Historical surveys are the first step to understanding the architectural character and historic significance of an area. East Portland is a special and complex part of the city, and its history, landscapes and development patterns differ in many ways from Portland’s urban core and inner-ring neighborhoods.

Information and photos from the survey will be entered into a state database and made available to the public for mapping, planning and neighborhood character illustration. There will also be a public presentation about the survey results at the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, likely in November 2010.

East Portland Action Plan Item

The survey work partially addresses East Portland Action Plan item CB.7.1: "Gather information regarding historical
resources and determine focus areas for additional research and potential historic preservation efforts."  The project team would like to include some commercial structures from the same time period and invites East Portland residents to suggest commercial structures.

If you have questions about this survey project, contact Liza Mickle at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at
503-823-7666. If you have additional information about “Mid-Century” properties in East Portland and would like to share that information, please call the historical survey consultant, Dave Pinyerd, at 541-791-9199.


BEST Business Center and PGE: Energy Efficiency, One Business at a Time

BPS E-news Issue 8

The BEST Business Center and its partner, PGE, have a common goal to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint. BEST is a free one-stop-shop for businesses that want to become greener and more profitable. Our team of sustainability advisors helps businesses identify and access multiple free services, resources and cash incentives to help make going green easy.

BEST wants businesses to know about a special campaign offered by PGE called "Save More, Matter More™" to help local businesses save energy in their operations. Together with Energy Trust of Oregon, PGE is offering free energy-efficiency consultations for area businesses and a sweepstakes to win one of five $3,000 energy upgrades for businesses. The campaign runs through November 15.

Why efficiency?

Saving energy is a smart business move. It helps businesses:

  • Boost their bottom line (individual results may vary)
  • Control operating and maintenance costs
  • Make businesses more comfortable and inviting for customers and staff
  • Increase the sustainability of business

How to join the Save More, Matter More™ campaign

1. Sign up for a free, no-obligation energy-efficiency consultation with energy experts from PGE and Energy Trust of

Businesses will get free, customized energy-savings advice and be automatically entered into their sweepstakes for one of five $3,000 efficiency upgrades. PGE experts will help you identify how to spend any winnings.

2. Not ready for a consultation or already had one? Simply enter the sweepstakes:

Let PGE’s energy experts help

After a no-obligation, no-cost energy consultation, PGE experts will:

  • Identify energy-saving opportunities, including low-cost solutions
  • Prioritize based on your budget and goals
  • Connect you with trusted contractors, state tax credits and Energy Trust incentives that make efficiency profitable more quickly than you might think.

Funding available for improvements

Even in today’s economy, there’s still help available for energy improvements. Low interest rates make now a great time to act — especially if an upgrade is due soon anyway. Help includes:


Energy Trust cash incentives

Federal and state tax credits


Oregon Energy Loan Program

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