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.
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.