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Meeting #4 Recap - Brooklyn Working Group discusses transportation priorities

Community members air transportation concerns about the inner SE neighborhood

Close to 20 people attended the fourth meeting for the Brooklyn Station Areas project on Thursday, March 27. Community members discussed transportation-related issues and concerns for the neighborhood, and then brainstormed potential projects that could address those issues over the next 20 years. Staff from the Bureau of Transportation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability were on hand to answer questions and record concerns and ideas.

Attendees expressed significant concerns about the barriers that surround the neighborhood, including McLoughlin, Powell, Holgate and the railroad tracks. Increasing connections along and across these difficult spots, particularly for pedestrians and bikes, is a priority for residents to increase safety and access to nearby neighborhoods. Although attendees strongly support projects to improve conditions in all of these places, upgrading pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Holgate Boulevard is a priority for the area.

Meeting materials (including the PowerPoint presentation) are available on the documents webpage.

Next Steps
Recommendations for transportation projects and zoning changes, discussed at earlier Brooklyn Station Area meetings, will be presented at an open house on May 15, 2014.

Brooklyn Station Areas Open House
Thursday, May 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Community Room at Sacred Heart Villa (3925 SE Milwaukie Ave)

Staff will be available to answer questions and take feedback on the draft recommendations.

Brooklyn Working Group Meeting Coming Up March 27th

Brooklyn community members talk transportation

The fourth meeting for the Brooklyn Station Areas project is Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m. Community members will discuss transportation-related issues and concerns for the Brooklyn neighborhood, then brainstorm potential projects that could address these issues over the next 20 years. 

Event Details

Brooklyn Station Areas Meeting #4
Thursday, March 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Agenda: Identify and prioritize transportation projects.
Location: Community Room at Sacred Heart Villa (3925 SE Milwaukie Ave).

Meeting #3 Recap

Approximately 30 people attended the third Brooklyn Station Areas Working Group meeting on Thursday, February 27. Staff and participants continued the discussion from Meeting #2 about zoning options for the “South of Holgate” area bounded by Holgate Blvd, 17th St and McLoughlin Blvd. The options discussed at Meeting #2 included continuing the existing residential and commercial mix of the area, transitioning to more employment-focused uses or creating a hybrid. All options assumed the industrial zoning along 17th St would remain in place.

Based on feedback heard at Meeting #2, staff recommended retaining commercial zoning for much of the area, which would allow commercial and residential uses. Staff also recommended retaining the existing employment and industrial zoning along 17th St in the area. Attendees offered mixed feedback; some were fine with this approach, while others expressed strong support for more flexibility for the employment and industrial areas to allow higher density residential development that could better fit with the new light rail station.

Next, City and TriMet staff presented an overview of the existing zoning and planned improvements for the area along the west side of 17th St between Powell and Holgate Boulevards. The staff recommendation is to continue the employment focus of this area. Many attendees expressed a desire to allow a wider range of uses to increase activity near the light rail stations, as well as concerns that residential development may be prohibited along 17th in the future through a separate proposal under the Comprehensive Plan Update related to employment and industrial lands.

Meeting materials (including the PowerPoint presentation) are available on the documents page.

Brooklyn Station Areas Working Group discusses changes along Milwaukie Ave and South of Holgate Blvd

Neighborhood representatives, residents and others suggest ways to improve this SE corridor

Approximately 40 people attended the second Brooklyn Station Areas Working Group meeting on Thursday, January 30. Staff and participants first continued their discussion from the previous meeting about zoning options for the southern portion of theMilwaukie Avecorridor. People reiterated their support for commercial uses alongMilwaukiethat blend in to the adjacent residential neighborhood. Particular transition issues include the height, scale and pedestrian-friendly nature of new development.

Next, staff presented an overview of the existing conditions and zoning options for the area bounded by Holgate Blvd, 17th St and McLoughlin Blvd. Options include continuing the existing residential and commercial focus of the area, transitioning to more employment-focused uses or a hybrid of commercial, residential and/or employment uses. All options assume the industrial uses along 17th St will remain.

Meeting materials (including the PowerPoint presentation) and the meeting summary are available on the Documents webpage.

Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Station Areas Meeting #3
Thursday, February 27, 6 ─ 8 p.m.
Agenda: Discuss potential zoning options for the area south of Holgate Blvd and along 17th St. Note: Milwaukie Ave will not be on the agenda for this meeting.

Brooklyn Station Areas Meeting #4
Thursday, March 27, 6 ─ 8 p.m.
Agenda: Identify and prioritize transportation projects

Both meetings will be held in the Community Room at Sacred Heart Villa (3925 SE Milwaukie Ave).

First Brooklyn Station Areas Working Group Meeting Attracts Nearly 50 People

Participants explore changes along Milwaukie Ave

Close to 50 people attended the first Brooklyn Station Areas Working Group meeting on Thursday, January 9. Participants included Brooklynresidents, business owners and other interested community members. During the meeting, staff first provided an overview of the Brooklyn Station Areas project and existing conditions in the area, then asked the group to discuss zoning options for the southern portion of theMilwaukie Ave corridor.

People generally supported the idea of new commercial uses along Milwaukie Ave., but they had many questions and comments related to the potential zoning options and other Brooklyn area issues, including:

  • Concerns about how a zone change would affect on-street parking and local traffic.
  • A desire to learn more about the range of mixed-use zoning options before deciding on any changes.
  • Questions related to the appropriate height and scale of new development along Milwaukie.
  • Mixed opinions about what uses and development are appropriate near the station areas (i.e., retain employment/industrial focus or explore higher density residential uses).

Meeting materials (including the PowerPoint presentation) are available on the Documents webpage. A meeting summary will also be posted on the website soon.

Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Station Areas Meeting #2
Thursday, January 30, 6 ─ 8 p.m.
Agenda: Discuss potential zoning options for Milwaukie Ave(south of Center St), the area south of Holgate Blvd and along 17th St

Brooklyn Station Areas Meeting #3
Thursday, February 27, 6 ─ 8 p.m.
Tentative agenda: Identify and prioritize transportation projects

Both meetings will be held in the Community Room at Sacred Heart Villa (3925 SE Milwaukie Ave).

Brooklyn Station Areas Project Kicks Off – Join the conversation!

Planning for new light rail stations at SE Rhine & Holgate will incorporate ideas from neighbors and other stakeholders

brooklyn neighborhoodThe Brooklyn Station Areas project is kicking off. A working group will guide the discussion over three meetings, starting in January 2014. Additional meetings will be scheduled, if necessary, to continue the community discussion. The meetings will be open format - anyone can attend and fully participate. We encourage you to join in the conversation! 

 
Brooklyn Station Areas Working Group Meetings

Location: Meals on Wheels People at Sacred Heart Villa, Community Room (3925 SE Milwaukie Ave) 

  • Meeting 1: Thursday, Jan. 9 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Meeting 2: Thursday, Jan. 30 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Meeting 3: Thursday, Feb. 27 — (time tbd, tentative date)

 

Project background

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working on developing land use, transportation and urban design strategies for the close-in SE station areas on the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail line - OMSI,Clinton, Rhine and Holgate.

Draft ideas for the station areas were developed over the summer with public input through the Inner SE Station Areas process. These ideas are now being refined through two separate processes. The Rhine and Holgate ideas will be refined through the Brooklyn Station Areas project that is just getting started. OMSI and Clinton ideas will be addressed through the SE Quadrant Plan.

 

Questions?

Please visit the project website or contact staff to learn more:

Brooklyn Station Areas website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/brooklynstationareas

Contact Staff:  Diane Hale (503) 823-2281 or diane.hale@portlandoregon.gov

 

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