In the ongoing effort to create a more thriving neighborhood main street and a safe, accessible local street system to serve the Cully community, neighbors gathered for the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Project open house on Thursday, October 27 at Rigler Elementary School. About 80 community members attended the event, sharing their ideas about the future of their community while they learned about the project to improve the services, amenities, sidewalks and streets in the neighborhood.
Business people, individuals and families joined in, the latter taking advantage of the free childcare provided. Special guests included students from an English for Adult Speakers of Other Languages class that was being held at Rigler School that evening.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted the event, along with our partners at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, to share the results of an existing conditions report and a redevelopment analysis. Staff also sought further clarification about:
- Where new opportunities for commercial uses along the boulevard area might be.
- How new development should occur to fit into the neighborhood and support new businesses.
- What are the most important walking and biking routes in Cully and how streets should be improved.
City staff will incorporate open house and other community comments along with research and analysis to begin developing zoning proposals, new local street designs and funding tools, and other recommendations.
A second public open house for the project will take place in February 2012.
For more information visit the project website at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cullymainstreet and/or contact Debbie Bischoff, project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-6946.