Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 22, 2015)

1) How many parking spots must a developer build?
2) Paving to close lanes on N Denver Avenue (May 26 – June 2)
3) OKNA social and welcoming back an old friend

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1) How many parking spots must a developer build?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about parking (or the lack thereof) at new apartments and condos going up around Overlook and in other neighborhoods. Gary Davenport, who has been following this issue closely for OKNA, provided a primer. Check it out on our website.

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2) Paving to close lanes on N Denver Avenue (May 26 – June 2)

Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Denver Avenue from N Rosa Parks Way to N Buffalo Street from Tuesday, May 26 to Tuesday June 2 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave 1.53 lane miles.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. PBOT asks the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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3) OKNA social and welcoming back an old friend

This week, Overlook residents gathered twice to meet their neighbors, learn more about the neighborhood and to mourn a lost friend one last time.

On Tuesday, for the OKNA general meeting, neighbors met at Lucky Lab. After presentations about an upcoming condo project on Interstate and the Oak Savannah on Overlook Bluff, everyone had a chance to socialize. Thanks to Lucky Lab for hosting us.

On Wednesday evening, neighbors got together in Madrona Park for a final farewell to the heritage madrone tree that fell over in February. The lumber has returned and been placed in a natural state so that it can serve as nurse log for local wildlife and other plants.

A historian talked about the role of the site throughout Portland’s past, and Alan Cranna, who has lived near the park for decades, gave a local perspective on its history. The good news is that the parks department plans to plant new madrone trees throughout the park.

OKNA meets at Lucky Lab on May 22, 2015.

OKNA meets at Lucky Lab on May 22, 2015.

 

Heritage madrone tree - nurse log dedication. Mardona Park, May 23, 2015.

Heritage madrone tree – nurse log dedication. Mardona Park, May 23, 2015.

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Minimum parking requirements for high density apartments

There’s been a lot of talk lately about parking (or the lack thereof) at new apartments and condos. Gary Davenport, who has been following this issue closely for OKNA, provided this primer.

High Density Onsite Parking Requirements:

  • Applies to lots zoned CM, CS, RX, CX, CO1 within 1,500 feet of transit and light rail stations that offer 20-minute frequency during peak hours.
  • Based on the number of apartment units in building.
  • Buy Downs are various ways that a developer can reduce the number of required units.
  • No Minimum number of spaces can be reduced more than 50 percent using buy downs.

Minimum Requirements are based on total number of units:

Number of units Number of required onsite parking spaces*
less than 31 0
31 – 40 20%
41-50 25%
more than 50 33%

* Does not include “buy downs” which can reduce the required minimums by no more than 50 percent.

Buy downs:

Description Number/percentage reduction of required spaces
Preserve onsite tree 12″ diameter Max 2 space reduction or 10% of total required, whichever is greater.
Bicycle parking Applies for up to 25% of required parking. 5 non-required bike spaces = 1 auto space.
Motorcycle parking May substitute for up to 5 auto spaces or 5% of total auto spaces, whichever is less. 4 motorcycle spaces = 1 auto space.
Car sharing May substitute car sharing for 25% of required auto spaces. 1 car sharing space = 2 auto spaces.
Bike sharing May substitute up to 25% required auto spaces. 15 bike docks + 8 shared bikes = 3 auto spaces.

Three development scenarios:

Developer One wants to build a 30-unit apartment project without any onsite parking spaces.

Parking computation:  Portland does not require any onsite parking for building up to 30 units.

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Developer Two wants to build a 40-unit apartment with the absolute minimum number of parking spaces.

Parking computation:

  • Required parking spaces for 40 units = 40*.2 = 8 spaces.
  • Developer Two can reduce the 8 required spaces to 4 spaces with the following buy downs:
    • Add a bike rack that accommodates 10 bikes (reduces by 2 spaces)
    • Add one car sharing space (reduces by 2 spaces)

Summary:

Developer Two  can build a 40 unit apartment with 4 parking spaces,  a 10-unit bike rack and 1 car sharing space.

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Developer Three wants to build a 270-unit apartment with the minimum number of spaces.

Parking computation:

  • Required number of spaces = 270 * .33 = 90 spaces
  • Developer Three can reduce the 90 spaces to 45 with the following buy downs:
    • Add a big bike rack to accommodate 110 bikes (reduces by 22 spaces)
    • Add 11 car sharing spaces (reduces by 22 spaces)

Summary:

Developer Three can build a 270-unit apartment with 45 parking spaces, a 110-unit bike rack and 11 car sharing spaces.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 15, 2015)

1) Madrona Park nurse log dedication (May 20)
2) OKNA general meeting at Luck Lab (May 19)
3) Rock ’n Roll Half Marathon will affect traffic and transit Sunday (May 17)

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1) Madrona Park nurse log dedication (May 20)

Heritage Madrona fallenOn president’s Day, the old madrone tree in Overlook’s Madrona Park fell in a wind storm. Its remains are back.

On Wednesday, May 20, join Portland Parks & Recreation Urban ForestryOverlook Neighborhood Association, and Sustainable Overlook to celebrate the famous and magnificent tree that was the namesake of the park.  It has been brought back to the park to serve as a nurse log for the bluff’s fragile habitat.

This dedication will honor the madrone tree’s cycle of life by celebrating with food, heritage tree coaster/necklace souvenirs, historical information and fun kids’ educational activities. We also will have information about future restoration efforts and volunteer opportunities in the park. Learn more online.

The dedication will take place in the open space along the trail between N Wygant Street and N Humboldt Street. Limited parking is available on nearby streets. Attendees are urged to walk or ride their bikes.

Madrona Park nurse log dedication
Wednesday, May 20 , 6:45 p.m.
Madrona Park

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2) OKNA general meeting at Luck Lab (May 19)

OKNA logoJoin your neighbors to talk about what’s happening in Overlook. The next Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting will take place at Lucky Lab. It will be a more social meeting than others.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

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3) Rock ’n Roll Half Marathon will affect traffic and transit Sunday (May 17)

The Rock ’n Roll Half Marathon will affect traffic on several downtown bridges and transit service in several neighborhoods, including around Overlook Neighborhood, on Sunday.

TriMet bus riders on 14 lines should expect significant delays and plan at least 30 minutes into their trips. Also, more than 150 bus stops on the east side will be closed. Visit Trimet’s website for more details.

Broadway Bridge – The outside (south) eastbound lane and the NW Broadway ramp will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Hawthorne Bridge – The outside (south) eastbound lane will be closed from 3 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. The center westbound lane will be closed from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. The eastbound offramp to Hwy. 99E will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Morrison Bridge – The outside (south) eastbound traffic lane and the ramps between the bridge and SW Naito Parkway and the offramp to SE Water Ave. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Overlook Neighborhood update (May 8, 2015)

1) Overlook Bluff imperiled
2) Pembina propane project dead?

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1) Overlook Bluff imperiled

Photo by Deborah Kalapsa

Photo by Deborah Kalapsa

Friends of Overlook Bluff are running out of time to save the heritage oak tree and open space on N Overlook Terrace. The owner of the property has put it up for sale, and if FOOB cannot raise enough money to buy it, a developer almost certainly will.  The price tag is $825,000, and FOOB has received pledges for just more than half of that. If you’d like to pledge your support, visit their website.

KGW has the full story.

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2) Pembina propane project dead?

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales on Thursday announced that he had asked Pembina to withdraw its application its planned propane facility in North Portland. Experts are predicting that the project won’t go forward without Hales’ support.

The mayor cited the many letters and comments in opposition to the project that he had received. Overlook Neighborhood Association submitted its own letter to Hales and the rest of council raising concerns about the project. You can read the OKNA letter online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 1, 2015)

1) Neighborhood cleanup a huge success
2) Most Overlook streetlights now LED
3) May is national bike month
4) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (May 5)

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1) Neighborhood cleanup a huge success

On Saturday, April 25, more than 30 OKNA neighbors and friends showed up to spend a beautiful morning cleaning up part of our neighborhood. They focused on N Going Street and the Pittman Addition HydroPark, cutting back overgrowth and weeds, picking up trash, and painting over graffiti. Special thanks to businesses who contributed labor including representatives from New Seasons and Swan Island businesses.

Thanks to everyone for the hard work! In just two hours, they gathered more than a half ton of garbage and a huge pile of plant material.

The event was sponsored by Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Metro, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Swan Island Business Association/Swan Island TMA. Thank you all.

Special thanks to Eisenhower Bagels which donated bagels to keep the workers energized and Mulysa Melco at Resilience Design who donated organic tomato starts for the workers to take home.

(Photo by Michael O'Brien)

(Photo by Michael O’Brien)

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(Photo by Cynthia Sulaski)

(Photo by Cynthia Sulaski)

(Photo by Cynthia Sulaski)

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2) Most Overlook streetlights now LED

Portland’s largest ever energy-efficiency project is happening citywide with the installation of energy-saving LED street lights in each neighborhood, and an interactive map allows the public to track real-time progress on their street. It shows that Overlook Neighborhood was one of the first to be converted.

led lightsThe Portland Bureau of Transportation crews are converting 45,000 of the City’s 55,000 street lights to environmentally-friendly LED (light-emitting diode) lights, a process that is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

Green dots show lights that have been installed; red indicates lights that will be converted. The map also allows the public to send in questions and feedback on each street light.

The new LED street lights are easily identifiable: they cast a crisp light similar to moonlight, unlike the yellow-tinged light from the high-pressure sodium bulbs they replace.  The new LEDs bring numerous benefits: they use half the energy of the high-pressure sodium bulbs and are expected to last four times longer, or up to 20 years.   That translates to a $1.5 million annual savings in energy and maintenance, and a reduction of about 10,500 tons of carbon pollution each year.

Read more online.

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3) May is national bike month

In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out, get active and have fun.  National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

A complete list of events may be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com.

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4) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (May 5)

OKNA logoOverlook Neighborhood Association regular board meeting
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)
Agenda

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Overlook Neighborhood update (April 24)

1) Annual neighborhood cleanup on Saturday (April 25)
2) OKNA urges city to reject propane terminal
3) Leaf Day compost now available

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1) Annual neighborhood cleanup on Saturday (April 25)

Do you have two hours to share with your Overlook and Swan Island neighbors? Join them from 10 a.m. to noon to clean up N Going Street from N Interstate Avenue to the bridge over the railroad tracks to Swan Island.  Volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti and prune away plants growing over the N Going Street sidewalk. Dress down and bring gloves (and a broom and pruners if you’ve got them).

Participants will receive an organic tomato plant grown by Overlook neighbor Mulysa Melco from Resilience Design, an opportunity to meet new people, and the satisfaction of seeing the positive results of their work.  They also can add to the cleanup’s dropbox any trash from their home that won’t fit in a garbage can (for example, tires). No toxics, yard debris, easily recycled metal, or plastic items.

Meet at the Concord pedestrian bridge north of N Going Street and next to the Pittman Addition HydroPark.

This event is sponsored by the Overlook Neighborhood Association, Swan Island Business Association/TMA, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Metro, North Portland Neighborhood Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Annual neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.
Pittman Addition HydroPark (N Concord Avenue)

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2) OKNA urges city to reject propane terminal

On April 21, neighborhood members at the OKNA general meeting voted unanimously to urge City Council to reject Pembina Pipeline’s proposed propane terminal in North Portland or at least to postpone action until important safety and environmental assessments are complete. OKNA Board Chair Dannielle Herman sent a letter to the city council sharing the board’s concerns about the project. Read the letter at overlookneighborhood.org.

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3) Leaf Day compost now available

Leaf Day has come full circle, with spring garden compost now available for sale to the public from leaves collected last fall during the bureau’s zero waste Leaf Day Pickup service.

For this year’s spring compost sale, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is expanding its hours at the Sunderland Recycling Yard, and is now open during the next three weekends except for Mother’s Day in addition to regular weekday hours.

The recycling yard, at 9325 NE Sunderland Road, will be open to the public the weekends of April 25-26, May 2-3 and May 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  In addition to the special weekend openings, Sunderland is open to the public during its regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The cost for each cubic yard, which will typically fit in a small truck bed, is $24.

Find out more about the city’s leaf composting program online.

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OKNA urges city to reject propane terminal

After a vote at the April 21 OKNA general meeting, the following letter was sent to the Portland City Council in opposition to the proposed Pembina propane terminal in North Portland.

To: Portland City Council
From: Overlook Neighborhood Association
Re: Proposed Pembina propane terminal in North Portland

Dear  Mayor Hales and Commissioners Saltzman, Novick, Fritz and Fish:

The Overlook Neighborhood Association urges you not to allow Pembina Pipeline and Port of Portland to proceed with construction of a proposed propane terminal at this time. We specifically ask that you not permit a pipeline across public land currently set aside for conservation. The public and the city lack sufficient information to judge important elements of this project. What information is available raises several serious issues that conflict with the goals and safety of our community.

The terminal would be a safety threat to North Portland neighborhoods and other parts of the city. To state the obvious, propane is explosive. It would be transported by rail and handled in a facility that, while no doubt designed to be safe, still would not be immune to accidents, human error and sabotage. It requires little imagination to envision scenarios in which an explosion causes immediate death and damage in the vicinity as well as more extensive health and property damage as toxins and fire spread. Pembina’s own worst-case scenario describes a storage tank containing 23 million gallons of propane sending a flammable vapor cloud over North Portland or Vancouver.

Meanwhile, trains with 100 tanker cars full of propane would arrive every other day. America has been fortunate that accidents involving trains carrying volatile fossil fuels so far have occurred mostly in rural areas. If an explosion were to occur in our dense, urban environment, the result would be far more tragic. Yet because rail safety ultimately falls on the rail companies, not Pembina, there has been inadequate analysis of this safety threat. No comprehensive analysis of train safety is available.

The lack of information extends to water transportation, too. Ships will carry millions of gallons of propane from the terminal every month. The Coast Guard is studying this issue, but its report will not be complete until later this summer.

The council should not make a decision without these important reviews. Many of your constituents’ jobs and the broader Portland economy depend heavily on the health of our waterways and environment. You and the public deserve to know all of the potential risks and benefits of the project. Only then can our community make a realistic assessment, not one based on speculation, and decide whether to proceed.

On top of concerns about inadequate review, this project runs counter to the very character of our community. Portland is better than this.

In 1993, Portland became the first city in the country to adopt a local strategy to cut carbon emissions. The city has since been recognized as a leader in addressing climate change. The draft 2015 Climate Action Plan that you are considering will keep Portland on that path. Under that plan, the city will address the serious threat of climate change by reducing carbon emissions in our community by 80 percent by 2050.

It does little good for Portland to act locally but not to think globally. The proposed propane terminal would move greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere. No, we cannot prevent propane from being burned around the world, but that does not mean we must facilitate it. If you truly believe in the goals of the Climate Action Plan, you must not allow a project so contradictory to it.

Given the risks, the lack of information and the city’s climate goals, we ask council to refuse any approvals, zoning changes, etc. that would allow the Pembina propane terminal to go forward. If you are not willing to reject this project outright now, at a minimum you should postpone action until important safety studies are complete so that everyone can fully assess the risks and benefits.

Thank you for your service and your consideration.

Sincerely,
Dannielle Herman, chair
On behalf of the Overlook Neighborhood Association

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Overlook Neighborhood update (April 17)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (April 21)
2A) Overlook Views wants to hear from residents …
2B) … and from Overlook businesses
3) Sustainable Overlook spring garden fair and edible plant sale (April 18)
4) Multnomah Youth Commission seeks applicants (April 27 deadline)
5) Register for Portland Parks & Recreation summer classes and day camps

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (April 21)

OKNA logoJoin your neighbors to discuss goings on around Overlook at the April general meeting. Among the topics on the agenda are presentations from GreenSky Collective and a developer planning to build a 12-unit apartment complex at 4227 N Massachusetts Ave. We’ll also talk about sending a letter to the Portland City Council expressing OKNA opposition to the proposed propane terminal in North Portland.

Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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2A) Overlook Views wants to hear from residents …

Overlook Views, our neighborhoods quarterly print newsletter, is filling up for the summer edition. Time remains, however, to share your story with your neighbors. If you would like to submit an article of no more than 400 words, send it to views@overlookneighborhood.org. Deadline is Monday (April 20), so don’t delay.

2B) … and from Overlook businesses

Overlook Views also is gathering information about local businesses. If you own a business in the Overlook Neighborhood, send its name, address, phone number, hours and person to contact with questions to views@overlookneighborhood.org. Please also include a 30 to 40 word blurb about the business and any summer specials it might be hosting. Submit by Monday (April 20) for possible inclusion in the Summer edition.

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3) Sustainable Overlook spring garden fair and edible plant sale (April 18)

Are you ready to plant you garden? Come shop from a great selection of plants and seeds or pick up your pre-order on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Choose from fruit trees, berries, bee-friendly native flowers, herbs, perennial vegetables, veggie starts, tomatoes and more.

There will be plenty of experts available with advice for gardeners. Master Gardeners will be there to answer your yard and garden questions. Pick up a locally-made mason bee house, and learn how you can create pollinator habitat. Get a free ladybug yard sign when you take Metro’s Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge. And Learn about the Greeley Food Forest project.

For kids there will be face painting and free seeds.

Meet your neighbors and celebrate spring at the garden fair sponsored by Sustainable Overlook, North Portland Food Not Lawns, Pesticide-Free Arbor Lodge Park and Resilience Design.

Spring garden fair and edible plant sale
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New American (2103 N Killingsworth Ave.)

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4) Multnomah Youth Commission seeks applicants (April 27 deadline)

2014_2015 MYC Group Picture_0Multnomah County’s Office of Diversity and Equity and City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement are recruiting for the 2015-16 Multnomah Youth Commission.  Any young person who will be between the ages of 13 and 21 (on August 1) and who is interested in policy, activism, community organizing or making the community better should apply online by April 27.

Youth Commissioners serve a one-year term and commit up to 15 hours per month to help support the city and county on issues that impact the lives of their peers.  Youth Commissioners are also in charge of implementing “Our Bill of Rights: Children & Youth,” the nation’s first Bill of Rights written by and for young people.

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5) Register for Portland Parks & Recreation summer classes and day camps

School’s almost out, and Portland Parks & Recreation offers many summer programs and activities including themed activities, such as swimming, games, sports, hiking, arts, crafts, nature play, science and more. PP&R also offers swimming lessons.

Create friendships, stimulate your imagination, build self-confidence, and develop skills that last a lifetime. An adventure awaits – make this the best summer ever.

Registration for summer classes opens Monday. Camp registration is already open. Learn more and sign up online.

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Overlook Neighborhood update (April 10, 2015)

1) Two liquor license applications in Overlook
2) City to remove abandoned newspaper boxes
3) OKNA general meeting (April 21)

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1) Two liquor license applications in Overlook

The city has received two applications for liquor licenses in the Overlook Neighborhood. One is for Tonic Foods to be located at 1832 N Sumner. The other is for Jan-Marc Wine Cellars/Garagiste at N Killingsworth. Comments on the applications are due by April 30 and May 1, respectively.

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2) City to remove abandoned newspaper boxes

Abandoned publication boxDo you regularly walk past an abandoned publication box in the neighborhood? The Portland Bureau of Transportation this month is beginning to clear sidewalks of abandoned publication boxes as part of a larger program – shaped with input from local media outlets, neighborhoods and businesses – to improve maintenance of the boxes in the public right of way.

The new rules, adopted by the City Council earlier this year, help clean up public sidewalks for better pedestrian access and the beauty of the public right-of-way, while maintaining availability of publications.

Find out more at the PBOT website. Submit a service request to remove an abandoned box, or address issues around free-standing and co-located publication boxes at publicationboxes@portlandoregon.gov  or 503.823.3467.

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3) OKNA general meeting (April 21)

Mark your calendars now for the Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on April 21. It’s already shaping up to be an information-packed agenda with presentations from GreenSky Collective and a developer planning to build a 12-unit apartment complex at 4227 N Massachusetts Ave. We’ll have more details in next week’s update.

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Overlook Neighborhood update (April 3, 2015)

1) Help Patton Square City Park grow
2) Overlook egg hunt (April 4)
3) Annual neighborhood cleanup (April 25)
4) North Portland Tool Library community forum (April 11)
5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (April 7)
6) ‘Treebates’ available for planting yard trees (April 30 deadline)

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1) Help Patton Square City Park grow

Portland Parks & Recreation asks for the community’s help at Patton Square City Park. Having aerated the turf three weeks ago, they would like everyone to stay off the grass for at least a month to allow establishment.

This week, staff also tilled and replanted the shrub beds in the center of the park and would appreciate help in keeping people and dogs away from those plantings. Staff asks that people not dispose of their cigarettes in the plantings or anywhere in the park.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Salazar, maintenance supervisor, at Alex.Salazar@portlandoregon.gov.  Thank you for being good stewards of our parks and other public areas.

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2) Overlook egg hunt (April 4)

The annual Overlook Easter egg hunt takes place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. sharp. The weather is looking iffy, so bring your raincoats, hats and ponchos. The hunt happens rain or shine.

The hunt is sponsored by Friends of Overlook House and is intended for young Overlook children. It’s free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Overlook Easter egg hunt
Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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3) Annual neighborhood cleanup (April 25)

Celebrate Earth Day close to home. Join your Overlook neighbors for the annual spring cleaning tradition. We will meet at the N Concord Avenue pedestrian bridge just north of N Going Street by the Pittman Addition HydroPark at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Bring work/garden gloves and dress in your grubbies. Depending on the size of the group, we’ll fan out along Going Street, Greeley Avenue and elsewhere in that general vicinity to pick up debris and remove graffiti.

All participants will receive a beautiful organic tomato start and the opportunity to use the cleanup’s dropbox to dispose of their own unwanted items that can’t be recycled, such as tires (no home garbage, yard debris or hazardous waste). And we’ll provide refreshments.

Please RSVP at greenacres@overlookneighborhood.org. This event is sponsored by the Overlook Neighborhood Association, the Swan Island Business Association, Metro and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Annual neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.
Pittman Addition HydroPark (N Concord Avenue)

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4) North Portland Tool Library community forum (April 11)

The North Portland Tool Library Board of Directors invites you to a community forum on Saturday, April 11.

NPTL has received two very capacity-building grants—a $49,390 North Portland Enhancement Grant from Metro and a $32,000 Community Livability Grant from the Portland Development Commission. The grants will be used in part for upgrades to the existing tool library, but mostly for construction of an above-ground tool library annex building that will house seasonal tools and function as a workspace for volunteers. It will be situated in the northwest corner of the backyard of the Historic Kenton Firehouse.

The ultimate goal is to create a structure that serves as a showcase for environmentally-conscientious design — with plans to include reclaimed materials in the structure and closely integrate it with the existing native landscape while providing a photo-backdrop worthy façade to complement the community gatherings and special events held year-round in the garden area. It will break ground this spring.

NPTL seeks public input and involvement. As members of the community and patrons of the tool library, you are part of what we do. We value your ideas, and we’d like to share this project with you. Please join us for an open forum to weigh in on possible designs from local contractors, or just take a look at what we’re doing and get involved as a volunteer on the project.

North Portland Tool Library community forum
Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. – noon
Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield Street)

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5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (April 7)

OKNA logoOverlook Neighborhood Association regular board meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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6) ‘Treebates’ available for planting yard trees (April 30 deadline)

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish reminds city residents that they can save money planting a tree. The Bureau of Environmental Services has a seasonal program called Treebate that rewards Portland residents for planting trees.

Trees help contribute to clean rivers and healthy watersheds by keeping rainwater out of our sewer system. A large tree can absorb nearly 600 gallons of stormwater a year! If you plant an eligible tree, BES will credit your city utility bill. Your Treebate credit will depend on your tree’s size and future potential to help manage stormwater.

Treebate is easy: purchase an eligible tree (or trees), plant it in your residential yard, then submit an application along with your receipt. Applications are due by April 30.

treebate

 

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