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Project Overview

Brooklyn Station Areas

SE Quad Charrette Map

The Brooklyn Station Areas project is providing detailed planning for the Rhine and Holgate station areas on the new Portland-Milwaukie light rail line, building on the work completed through the Inner SE Station Areas process. Typically, station area planning focuses on enhancing opportunities for housing and retail near light rail stations, an approach that may not be appropriate in Brooklyn because of the nearby industrial and employment development. Instead, this process seeks to create a new model that increases jobs near the light rail stations to encourage investment in the area and boost transit ridership, while also complementing adjacent residential neighborhoods.



Preliminary draft concepts for land use, urban design and transportation strategies for the Rhine and Holgate station areas were developed through the Inner SE Station Areas over the summer of 2013. This earlier project laid the groundwork for four close-in station areas, including Rhine/Holgate (continuing in this project) and OMSI/Clinton (wrapped into the SE Quadrant of the Central City 2035 Plan)

Preliminary concepts for the Rhine and Holgate station areas:

  • Extend commercial zoning alongMilwaukie Ave, southofCenter St, to encourage neighborhood-serving main street redevelopment.
  • Create better connections to area schools, light rail stations, the river, and across arterials and barriers, such as Powell, Holgate, McLoughlin and the Brooklyn Rail Yard.
  • Focus redevelopment at the edges of the residential neighborhood.
  • Intensify development on employment and industrial lands to increase jobs, while respecting transitions to residential neighborhoods.

Brooklyn Station Areas Project
In this process, the community is refining concepts that emerged from the Inner SE Station Areas project and making choices about potential zoning and land use changes in the area, such as identifying the right mix of uses and scale of development south of Holgate between Milwaukie and 17th Street.

Brooklyn Station Areas Project outcomes will include:

  • Station area urban design framework.
  • Comprehensive Plan and zoning designations, if applicable.
  • Prioritized list of transportation infrastructure improvements.
  • Other actions needed to implement the vision for the Rhine and Holgate stations.

The process is led by the Brooklyn Station Area Working Group, an open-membership group of representatives from area businesses, neighborhood associations, employees, residents and other interested parties. Anyone is welcomed to attend Working Group meetings and participate. Check the project website for upcoming Working Group meetings or other public event dates.

 This planning project is an effort led by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and includes assistance from and coordination with other City bureaus and local, regional and state agencies and organizations. The City’s involvement is funded through a combination of general fund, urban renewal sources and a Metro Construction Excise Tax (CET) grant.