The Foster Lents Integration Partnership, the Foster Green EcoDistrict, and the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association will host a public open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the historic Wikman-Arleta Building, 4420 S.E. 64th Ave. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
The purpose of the event is to continue a conversation with the community around reviving the Foster Road corridor.
The partnership is a collaboration among public agencies, community groups and non-profit partners to improve economic, environmental, and social conditions in the Lents, Foster-Powell, Mount Scott-Arleta, and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods. The partnership will develop the Foster Corridor Investment Strategy, an action plan to improve the neighborhoods and commercial areas along Foster Road from Southeast 50th Avenue to Southeast 122nd Avenue.
This is the third and final open house for a project that began last April to develop a collaborative investment strategy for a key commercial corridor in East Portland. Open house attendees will have the opportunity to comment on proposed strategies along Foster and specific projects to revitalize the corridor.
With the assistance of a $250,000 grant from Metro and matching funds from the Portland Development Commission and the Bureau of Environmental Services, the partnership will finalize the investment strategy by June 2013. The overall strategy will align city resources for the greatest impact to create job opportunities, spur private investment, and empower community-based organizations to participate in the implementation.