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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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New park coming to Cully neighborhood

Portland Parks & Recreation has entered the design phase of the next great Portland park! The Werbin Property, a 2.4-acre site in the Cully neighborhood, will be transformed into a new park - and we need your help finding the best design.

June 26, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation has entered the design phase of the next great Portland park!  The Werbin Property, a 2.4-acre site in the Cully neighborhood, will be transformed into a new park - and we need your help finding the best design.

Parks has three design options for the community to consider. Review design Option A, Option B, and Option C, and share your opinion with the online comment form by Monday, July 9, at 5 pm.

The Cully neighborhood has been recognized as a parks-deficient neighborhood with very few parks to serve a large area with a diverse, lower-income population.  The neighborhood is home to more than 13,000 residents and is currently only served by Sacajawea Park

Working with the Cully Association of Neighbors, the Let us Build Cully Park Coalition, and Verde, Portland Parks is proud to bring a new park to the neighborhood.

Parks celebrates 2012 Summer Free For All

Nick was pleased to join Governor Kitzhaber, Oregon's First Lady, Parks Director Mike Abbat?, State Representative Tina Kotek, and the New Columbia community at the 2012 Summer Free For All Tip-off celebration Today at McCoy Park.

June 27, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was pleased to join Governor Kitzhaber, Oregon's First Lady, Parks Director Mike Abbaté, State Representative Tina Kotek, and the New Columbia community at the 2012 Summer Free For All Tip-off celebration today at McCoy Park

We'd like to give special thanks to our sponsors who help make Summer Free For All possible.

Check out the 2012 Summer Free For All schedule online to find an event near you!

Steve Duin: A sweet morning at McCoy Park

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

Central City Concern creates opportunity

Yesterday, KGW news highlighted the great work of Central City Concern (CCC).

June 28, 2012

By David Nguyen

Yesterday, KGW news highlighted the great work of Central City Concern (CCC).  CCC is one of the City's community partners in the fight to end homelessness.

KGW reporter Pat Dooris shared success stories of Portland's most vulnerable group of people, highlighting how formerly homeless individuals can find jobs through CCC's employment programs.  CCC is like a “godsend,” according to Melinda, who found a new job with CCC's help.

Last year, the agency helped 384 people find new jobs.  It helped another 360, who found work the year before, hold onto them in the next year.

The City of Portland is proud to work with our non-profit partners to move people from the insecurity of the streets to self-sufficiency and independence.

Employment center finds jobs for homeless

Pat Dooris in KGW News

Photo credit: Central City Concern

Council adopts updates to Limited Tax Exemption program

Yesterday, the City Council unanimously approved a set of updates to the City?s Limited Tax Exemption (LTE) program.

June 28, 2012

Yesterday, the City Council unanimously approved a set of updates to the City’s Limited Tax Exemption (LTE) program.

The LTE program, administered by the Portland Housing Bureau, offers property tax breaks for homebuilders and developers in exchange for including affordable apartments in their developments, or for selling newly-built homes to modest-income buyers at an affordable price.

The LTE is a small but effective tool to promote housing choice throughout our community. It offers developers a way to partner with us to make sure exciting, up-and-coming neighborhoods remain open to all and to encourage the neighborhood revitalization, stability, and wealth creation that come from homeownership.

The program updates were part of the "Big Look" process, co-chaired by County Chair Jeff Cogen and Nick, with strong support from County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Along with the Big Look's leadership, a diverse stakeholder committee developed recommendations, and refined them through a thorough public outreach phase.  The new updates will better align the program with our community’s housing goals and improve its efficiency, accountability, and transparency.

They include a new competitive process, a cap on foregone revenue, stricter requirements for proposals, and additional strategies to close the minority homeownership gap.

Visit the Portland Housing Bureau website for more information on the LTE program and updates. 

New areas to see tax abatements: City council extends tax break boundaries, aids multifamily units in downtown area

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Photo Credit: The Ramona Apartments - made affordable, in part, by the LTE program.

New Enginehouse & Rail Heritage Center coming to life

We are excited to share some updates about the construction of the new Oregon Rail Heritage Center.

June 29, 2012

By David Nguyen

We are excited to share an update on the construction of the new Oregon Rail Heritage Center.  As of May 25, the outer shell of the building has been completed.  Wood roundhouse doors will be installed in the large frames on the north and south walls.

Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to partner with the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to help secure a permanent home for SP 4449, SP&S 700 and OR&N 197 historic steam locomotives.

The engines, which are owned by Parks, will eventually be housed at the Center.  We look forward to celebrating the opening of the Center later this summer.

Click here to see more pictures of the construction progress.

Photo credit: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation