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Public Hearing: Tax Exemption Applications for 5 New Rental Housing Projects

On Tuesday, April 4, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss five applications being considered for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

PUBLIC HEARING:

Tax Exemption Applications for Five New Rental Projects

On Tuesday, April 4, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss five applications being considered for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

The first application comes from the Portland nonprofit Rose Community Development Corporation for a 64-unit housing development on SE 91st Avenue at SE Reedway Street in the Lents neighborhood. If approved for a MULTE tax exemption, 16 of these units will be made affordable to households earning no more than 60% of Area Median Income. This development is also receiving direct funding from PHB.

The second application being considered comes from Portland-based Guerrilla Development for an 88-unit development on NE Sandy and 25th Avenue in Northeast Portland. If approved, 18 of these units will be made affordable to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income.

The third application comes from Portland-based Gerding Edlen for a 133-unit development in Old Town/China Town on SW Ash Street and 3rd Avenue. If approved, 27 of these units will be made affordable to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income.

The fourth application comes from Portland's Guardian Development for a 167-unit development, also in Old Town/China Town, on NW Couch Street between NW 4th & 5th Avenues. If approved, 34 of these units will be made affordable to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income.

The fifth application comes from Portland-based BDC Advisors for a 73-unit development planned for SW Park Avenue and Columbia Street in Southwest Portland’s Park Blocks. If approved, 24 of these units will be made affordable to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income

Tax exemption programs such as the MULTE encourage the inclusion of affordable housing and other public benefits in new residential developments. PHB can approve up to $3 million in new tax exemptions each year.

The hearing will take place Tuesday, April 4 during the monthly PHAC meeting, held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Portland Housing Bureau offices, located at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 in Downtown Portland.

For information about the MULTE program, click here or contact Dory Van Bockel by email or by phone at 503-823-4469.

Concordia Sewer Repair Project Update

Environmental Services is designing a sewer project to replace or repair up to 16,000 feet, or about 3 miles, of public sewer pipes in the Concordia Neighborhood, plus a few blocks in Woodlawn and Beaumont-Wilshire. Most of the sewer pipes are 90-100 years old and are in deteriorating condition. The sewer repairs will improve sewer and stormwater infrastructure, increase sewer capacity, and reduce the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.

Concordia Sewer Repair Project Update

Soil Sampling Starts early April

Environmental Services is designing a sewer project to replace or repair up to 16,000 feet, or about 3 miles, of public sewer pipes in the Concordia Neighborhood, plus a few blocks in Woodlawn and Beaumont-Wilshire. Most of the sewer pipes are 90-100 years old and are in deteriorating condition. The sewer repairs will improve sewer and stormwater infrastructure, increase sewer capacity, and reduce the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.

For a map of the project area, see the webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/concordia.

SCHEDULE

Construction is anticipated to begin in February 2018 and should be completed by summer 2019. There is not a specific schedule until a contractor is hired later this year.

SOIL SAMPLING

For a month or so, beginning April 4, work crews will be drilling holes in street pavement and taking soil samples at several locations to help the design engineers understand conditions that construction crews may encounter. What the engineers learn from analysis of soil, rock and pavement samples will help them determine construction methods.

Crews have been in the neighborhood to locate and mark underground utilities by painting stripes on streets and sidewalks or placing colored flags in landscaped areas. Each color indicates what is buried below

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING SOIL SAMPLING

Soil sampling will occur about two times a week between Monday and Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Crews will work at five to eight locations a day beginning at the north end of the project area. The holes will be a few inches in diameter and will be filled immediately after the drilling is completed. This work may require temporary lane restrictions and on-street parking closures. There may be brief periods of noise, dust and mild vibration during drilling. Work at each location will last approximately one hour to one and a half hours.

STAY INFORMED

We encourage you to sign up for email updates about the project schedule and activities and by visiting the project webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/concordia and click the SIGN UP! button. If you would like more information about the project or have questions and concerns you’d like to discuss, please call Debbie Caselton at 503-823-2831 or email at Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov. Please include your name, property address and project name (Concordia) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write “Concordia” in the subject line of your email.

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW Fifth Ave Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2831

Email: Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov.

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland's 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

The City of Portland complies with all non-discrimination laws including Title VI (Civil Rights) and Title II (ADA). To request a translation, accommodation or additional information, please call 503-823-7740, or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711

Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee

As directed by Portland City Council, the Portland Housing Bureau is convening a Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee, which will hold its first meeting this Friday, March 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee

Friday, March 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Portland Housing Bureau

421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland, OR 97204

As directed by Portland City Council, the Portland Housing Bureau is convening a Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee, which will hold its first meeting this Friday, March 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

The Technical Advisory Committee will be asked to identify technical issues with the Mandatory Relocation Assistance Policy that was adopted by City Council on February 2, 2017.

Technical issues are those issues that warrant immediate legislative changes to the policy to ensure its effective implementation. The Technical Advisory Committee membership is comprised of City Council invited representatives of landlords and renters. These meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited.

The agenda and meeting materials are available online here. Sign up here to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related updates.