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11/15 Open House Comments - A Summary

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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

Open House Attendees look over aerial maps of the N/NE Quadrant

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.

Updated - CC2035 Events: Your chance to learn, contribute

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Upcoming opportunities provide you with a chance to learn about issues in Portland's Central City and offer feedback on the current state of plans for its future.

After two successful Housing and Community Development symposiums, Central City 2035 (CC2035) continues its series of public events in 2011. With these symposiums, you have a chance to learn about and contribute to the future of Portland's Central City.

The development of a Concept Plan for the Central City is organized around six integrated themes:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Urban Design
  • Mobility
  • The Willamette River
  • Civic and Cultural Life

The next two opportunities to learn more about Portland's Central City are:

The Willamette River Symposium

February 4, 2011

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A

Mobility Symposium

February 11, 2011

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A

Take a look at the CC2035 calendar of events for all of the future opportunities for you to learn more about and contribute to CC2035.

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.

N/NE Quadrant SAC #3: Meeting Summary

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A summary of the N/NE Quadrant Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee's third meeting on December 9, 2010

The N/NE Quadrant Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee met for the third time on Thursday, December 9th. Highlights from the meeting include:

  • A presentation by Cathy Galbraith of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation on the results of survey work done on buildings of historical significance to Portland's African-American community;

  • Discussion of the project scope, with particular interest expressed about the parameters set for I-5 freeway improvements; and

  • Discussion and refinement of draft project goals that will be used to guide recommendations made by the Committee during the planning process.

The meeting agenda and materials are available here. Full notes from the meeting will also be available on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee's (SAC) page on this website once they're approved at the next SAC meeting.

The next SAC meeting is on January 20 from 5:30 - 8:30 at Calaroga Terrace, 1400 NE 2nd Avenue.

Special thanks to the Calaroga Terrace Retirement Community, which donated the meeting space and refreshments. Calaroga Terrace is located within the N/NE Quadrant Project's planning area.