A summary of comments from the Open House on 11/15, co-hosted by the N/NE Quadrant Project team and the Portland Development Commission
The November 15 Open House was the first large public outreach event for the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project). The co-hosted event allowed the community to provide input on both the draft Rose Quarter Development Plan and the N/NE Quadrant Project.
If you were there, you were one of 125 community members who showed up to contribute over 150 comments and ideas. Most of your comments were related to transportation issues, followed by comments about Land Use and Urban Design and then Riverfront.
Transportation Comment Summary
Your comments showed a clear interest in making the N/NE Quadrant of Portland's Central City more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly and making public transit (bus, MAX, streetcar) more accessible. Many of your comments also included suggestions to lower speed limits in the portion of the I-5 freeway that passes through the N/NE Quadrant. Your comments also show sincere concerns about the safety around I-5 on/off ramps that intersect with pedestrian, bicycle and local auto traffic.
Land Use and Urban Design Comment Summary
Many of your comments reflected a community desire for more walkable neighborhoods, with smaller buildings used as residences and businesses (mixed-use).
Riverfront Comment Summary
Your comments about the Riverfront in the N/NE Quadrant highlighted an interest in better access to the river and in keeping/reusing the grain silos at the foot of the Broadway Bridge as an historical focal point for the area.
Additionally, the Oregon Department of Transportation asked you to rate the issues that "are the most important to address as we consider improvements to the I-5 Freeway..." The topic with the most votes was "pedestrian and bike travel improvement," which received 31% of the votes. The topic with the least number of votes was "freeway congestion" (3%).
Keep your comments coming!
Feel free to contact Stephanie Beckman with your other ideas or leave a comment on the website by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.
To read the extended event summary and full list of comments, you can view this pdf document.
Take a virtual walking tour of the Lloyd Subdistrict.
Take a Virtual Walking Tour of the Lloyd Subdistrict
In September, 2010, the project team led two community walks around the N/NE Quadrant. On the two-hour tours, staff and community members learned about the N/NE Quadrant and offered ideas about how the area could be improved.
Below, you'll find video clips from the walks in which project staff and walk participants describe issues related to specific locations in the N/NE Quadrant. You can also take the virtual walking tour yourself with this handy Google map, which shows the path of the walk and the locations at which each video was shot.
Do you have your own ideas about these locations? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page in the comments section. Or, if you're able, go ahead and film your own video and post it on the Google map!
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Stop 1: Rose Quarter and Connection to the River, N Hassalo and N Larabee
The N/NE Quadrant of Central City includes Willamette River frontage, but the river is mostly inaccessible along this stretch. In fact, this portion of the riverfront is dominated by Interstate Avenue and a vibrant industrial area that includes the Union Pacific Railroad and the Cargil grain silos. In its current state, this area provides opportunities for vibrant industry in the Central City with potential for habitat improvement and the efficient movement of freight and poses challenges for riverfront trail alignment, connection to the N/NE Quadrant and riverfront development in the Rose Quarter. From a transportation point of view at this stop on the walking tour, trains, buses, autos, bicyclists and pedestrians all converge at the Rose Quarter Transit Station, which is bordered by I-5 cutting through the district on an overpass. This transportation-dominated section of the quadrant could see changes in the future if the community wants to improve the public transit facility or the safety of this section of I-5.
Stop 2: Oregon Convention Center, 300 NE Holladay Avenue
The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is a regional asset that draws visitors from around the country. Surrounding lots are largely undeveloped but have the potential to support the activities of the OCC. There are also important transportation issues for this location, including access to I-5 and connection to the Rose Quarter.
Stop 3: Lloyd Office District, NE Halsey St. and Ne 7th Ave.
The Office District in the Lloyd District is mostly zoned for the kind of development that has occurred downtown - high-rise buildings - which contribute to a dense office and residential district. The East Side Streetcar is going to run through the middle of this area, on NE 7th Avenue, and there is a proposal to make Holladay Avenue a "green street." What will this district look like in 2035?
Stop 4: Transition Between Central City and Irvington Neighborhood, NE Schuyler St. and Ne 12th Ave.
The Irvington Neighborhood borders the N/NE Quadrant area and, therefore, borders Portland's Central City. The transition between Central City and an historic neighborhood is an important consideration when discussing plans for Central City's future. The Irvington neighborhood is served by the businesses on NE Broadway and the surrounding commercial corridor.
Stop 5: Sullivan's Gulch Transition, NE Multnomah St. and NE 16th Ave.
Sullivan's Gulch borders the eastern edge of the N/NE Quadrant and is, therefore, a transition point between Central City and neighborhoods further to the east. The Broadway/Weidler couplet, Lloyd Center to the west and I-84 to the south are facilities that significantly define and impact the neighborhood. Planning for the future of the quadrant should address how changes to those facilities will impact the neighborhood.
Stop 6: Holladay Park and Surrounding Properties, NE Multnomah St and NE 13th Ave.
Holladay Park is the largest (and one of only two) parks in the N/NE Quadrant. While this public green space has great potential as a resource for the community, safety concerns and inactive spaces bordering the park limit the park's attractiveness and success. How could the blocks around the park, or the park itself, be changed to encourage more use by neighbors, employees of area businesses and visitors?
On Thursday, December 9, the N/NE Quadrant Project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee will meet at Calaroga Terrace in the Lloyd District
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, December 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The SAC will discuss the draft scope and goals of the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans. The location and agenda for the meeting are below: