Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 3)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association board meeting (July 7)
2) Free street parking on July 4
3) Keep pets safe from fireworks and the heat
4) North Portland Tool Library closed Saturday

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association board meeting (July 7)

OKNA logoThe OKNA board holds its monthly meeting next week.

Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)
Agenda

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2) Free parking July 4

The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds the public that parking meters will be operational on Friday and enforcement of meters will be in effect. Parking meters will be free on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4.

Parking is free on nine holidays in 2015. To view the dates, please visit this site.

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3) Keep pets safe from fireworks and the heat

Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous.

On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.

Check out these tips from the Humane Society of the United States to keep pets safe and cool during the holiday weekend and beyond.

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4) North Portland Tool Library closed Saturday

The North Portland Tool Library will be closed on July 4th. All tools that normally would be due on Saturday will be due Tuesday.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood update (June 26)

1) Cooling centers open during heat wave
2) TriMet future of transit survey

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1) Cooling centers open during heat wave

SunWith a heat wave hitting the Rose City, Portlanders are looking for ways to stay cool. Multnomah County will open three cooling centers for seniors and adults with disabilities starting Friday and operating at least through Monday.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check in on your Overlook neighbors to make sure they are doing alright. Watching out for our neighbors is part of what make Overlook a special neighborhood.

Also, all Multnomah County libraries are air-conditioned and open seven days a week. They are great places to beat the heat and relax with a good book at the same time. Libraries are open seven days a week. Click here to find the one closest to you and its hours. (It’s probably on Killingsworth Street)

The cooling centers and their hours are:

Downtown Portland, Meals on Wheels, Elm Court, 1032 SW Main Street, Portland, 97205, 503-953-8204.  

  • Friday, 6/26/15, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 6/27/15, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6/28/15 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/29/15, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Northeast Portland, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, OR 97212, 503-288-8303.

  • Friday, 6/26/15, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 6/27/15, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6/28/15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/29/15, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

East County, Ambleside Meals on Wheels People, Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. 8th St, Gresham, OR, 97030, 503-953-8201 (the parking lot will be repaved on Saturday and Sunday, please use street parking or transit)

  • Friday, 6/26/15 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 6/27/15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6/28/15 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/29/15, 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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2) TriMet future of transit survey

How should TriMet improve bus service in North Portland? Weigh in on the Draft Vision for the North and Central part of our region by taking a brief survey. Complete the survey by July 31, 2015 and enter to win 10 TriMet Adult 1-Day Passes worth $50!

The survey will be active through July 31 and respondents can enter to win free transit passes.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood update (June 19)

1) Sunday Parkways in North Portland (Sunday, June 21)
2) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share

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1) Sunday Parkways in North Portland (Sunday, June 21)

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s also the day that thousands of bike riders will cruise around North Portland Streets. Be sure to stop by the Overlook Neighborhood Association table to say hello.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with international “Make Music Day” to bring more moving, music, and fun the event. North Portland Sunday Parkways offers a 9.5 mile route for people to bike, stroll, roll, skate and play on traffic-free streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

N_Parkways_2015_map_layout_w_legend.inddWhile all Sunday Parkways events feature activities in the Portland parks along the route, this Sunday’s event also features two full stages of live, local music that play throughout the day. Event participants may catch a variety of styles from Samba to Celtic at the Make Music Day Stage at McCoy Park and the stage at Arbor Lodge Park.

“North Portland will be filled with fun ways for families to get out and get active during this Father’s Day event,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “What could be healthier and more fun than combining great music, biking, walking and a family photo?” Kaiser Permanente will have a free photo station along the Willamette Bluff.

A map, schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways North Portland brochure.

The Sunday Parkways route will connect some of the beautiful natural areas and gardens that are located in North Portland, such as Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks plus the Willamette Blvd bluff overlooking the river and Forest Park.

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2) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share

For the fifth year in a row, Sustainable Overlook is organizing a weekend to come together as a neighborhood to give new lifecycles to items in our homes by selling, sharing and socializing in the process.  This year’s event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19.

Every year great deals abound as together we turn unwanted items into newfound treasures.  Mark your calendars and come on out.

If you would like to participate in the yard sale and have your house shown on the map that will be advertised to the broader public, sign up online. The deadline to sign up is Monday, July 13.

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Overlook Neighborhood update (June 13)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Tuesday, June 16)
2) Join OKNA’s land-use team
3) North Overlook cleanup a success
4) Swan Island history bike ride (Monday, June 15)
5) Peninsula Park Pools opens on Monday
6) Community open house on Uber, Lyft and taxis (Tuesday, June 16)

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Tuesday, June 16)

OKNA logoJoin your Overlook neighbors on Tuesday for the monthly OKNA general meeting. We’ll hear from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s crime prevention coordinator, about an urban farm collective and more.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)
Agenda

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2) Join OKNA’s land-use team

Want to be the first to know about new construction projects in Overlook? Want to have a say in what sorts of development take place around our neighborhood? The OKNA board needs a new land-use chair and land-use committee to keep tabs on what’s going up and coming down.

Read more about the responsibilities by clicking here. If you’d like to apply, contact the board by email or attend Tuesday’s OKNA General meeting (see above).

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3) North Overlook cleanup a success

Several Overlook residents gathered Sunday morning to clean up along North Killingsworth Street. For a couple of hours, they braved the sun and heat to pick up all kinds of trash, remove stickers and paint over graffiti along this popular commercial and residential stretch in our neighborhood. Thanks to everyone who participated!

There’s already of another northern Overlook cleanup in the fall. Stay tuned to the weekly update for details as they become available.

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4) Swan Island history bike ride (Monday, June 15)

Ever wondered why one of Portland’s largest industrial parks has such a pretty name? From sand bar to airport to shipyard to housing for Vanport’s displaced residents, Swan Island has a unique story woven tightly in the history of our fair city. Casual ride starting from the Skidmore Bluffs and around the island to some cool points of interest, ending at the beach for a sunset BBQ. Guest appearance from Swan Island expert Sarah Angell of the Swan Island TMA.

Swan IslandRiders will gather at the Skidmore Bluffs on Monday at 6:00 p.m. and start riding around 6:30. The ride should be about 7 miles and will stop at several interesting locations on and around the island, ending with a BBQ on the beach near Corp 9.

Find more information on the official Facebook page. The event is part of Pedalpalooza 2015.

Swan Island history bike ride
Monday, June 15, 6 p.m. until the BBQ ends
Skidmore Bluffs (at the end of N Skidmore Court)

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5) Peninsula Park Pools opens on Monday

Portland Parks & Recreation seven outdoor pools, including North Portland’s Peninsula Park Pool, open for another fun summer of swimming on Monday.  The City has seven outdoor and six indoor (open year-round) pools.

Parents who want to enroll their children in swimming lessons should act now.  Lessons are available for all age groups and ability levels.  Most sessions include 10 lessons for $52.50.

“One of the best things we can do for our kids is to teach them to swim, and how to be safe around water,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté.

Parks and Rec. pools also offer open play swims, water exercise classes, junior lifeguard training, junior swim training, summer swim teams and special events.

For more information on how to register for swimming lessons or participate in other summer activities, contact your local pool or the Parks and Rec. Aquatics Office at 503-823-5130.

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6) Community open house on Uber, Lyft and taxis (Tuesday, June 16)

The taxi market in Portland is changing and the City of Portland wants to hear your ideas and concerns about service and access for the public. Commissioner Steve Novick appointed the Private for Hire Innovation Task Force to research and recommendations on how the industry should evolve and respond to new developments, including the entry of Transportation Network Companies.

It is critical that the City provide necessary safeguards and standards to protect consumers, ensure accessibility, and allow for a fair, competitive market for drivers and companies across all sectors of the PFHT industry.

The public is invited to come learn and provide input at a Community Open House on Tuesday in the Portland Building downtown. People can come and go at any time during the event. It will kick off with a brief presentation at 5 p.m., to be followed by small-group discussions with task force members about key issues in the industry.

The Task Force has organized itself into three subcommittees to address major issues in the industry. Members of each subcommittee will be on hand to speak directly with the public about:

  • Operational considerations: fares and pricing, driver behavior and rules of conduct, permitting, data reporting and compliance.
  • Accessibility: service for people with disabilities, citywide service, and employment of people with disabilities in the industry.
  • Market and program considerations: market capacity, environmental footprint, employment and compensation of drivers, and the role of the Private for Hire Transportation Board of Review.

Community open house on for-hire vehicles
Tuesday, June 16, 4-7:30 p.m.
Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Ave.)
Meeting Room C

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Overlook Neighborhood update (June 5)

1) Neighborhood cleanup in ‘North’ Overlook (Sunday, June 7)
2) Overlook Garden Tour (Saturday, June 6)
3) Overlook Views newsletter planning (Wednesday, June 10)
4) Are you and Overlook prepared for disaster? (Friday, June 12)

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1) Neighborhood cleanup in ‘North’ Overlook (Sunday, June 7)

Tired trash and graffiti in Overlook north of Going Street? Join your neighbors on Saturday to do something about it. We’ll spend some time cleaning up along N Killingsworth Street and N Greeley Avenue. Volunteers should meet at Blend Coffee Lounge at 9 a.m. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Supplies will be provided. We’ll finish up by 10:30 to beat the heat.

Organizers hope this will be the first of many neighborhood cleanups north of Going.

Neighborhood cleanup
Sunday, June 7, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Meet at Blend Coffee Lounge (2710 N Killingsworth St.)

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2) Overlook Garden Tour (Saturday, June 6)

The fourth annual Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour is Saturday. Get ready to be inspired by pesticide-free gardens that showcase edible landscaping, mason bees, chicken keeping, an outdoor kitchen, a permaculture homestead, backyard habitats and much more.

Open 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.:

  • Tour stop 1: Trillium Charter School 5420 N. Interstate Ave. – Kid’s garden activities.

Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Tour stop 2: 1624 N Emerson St. – Mason bee demo from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Tour stop 3: 1930 N. Skidmore St.
  • Tour stop 4: Attunement Center 1722-1723 N Blandena –  Seed swap and plant exchange; Village building convergence site
  • Tour stop 5: 2311 N. Blandena St. – Backyard Habitat Certification Information

The tour is self-guided; feel free to start at Trillium School or any location. The route this year is easy to walk or bike. Kids and service animals are welcome but please leave pets at home. Contact Sustainable Overlook with any questions about accessibility – sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.

Suggested donation $5. Contributions benefit the Pesticide Free Neighborhood Project.

Click here for a pdf guide to the event.

Click here for full-sized interactive map.

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3) Overlook Views newsletter planning (Wednesday, June 10)

The editors and writers behind OKNA’s quarterly newsletter are gearing up to plan the summer issue. They invite all interested Overlook Neighborhood residents and workers to join them at the next planning session. Bring your ideas about what to cover and consider trying your hand at some writing.

Overlook Views newsletter planning
Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m.
Spoke and Vine (1451 N Skidmore St.)

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4) Are you and Overlook prepared for disaster? (Friday, June 12)

When the big one hits, the Overlook Neighborhood will be in better shape than some because it’s preparing. Join the effort and find out what you can do to be ready.

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will meet Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5133 N Gay Ave.  They’ll be planning for the year ahead and discussing disaster resilience.  Come join the conversation.

Overlook NET meeting
Friday, June 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
5133 N Gay Ave.

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Overlook Neighborhood update (May 29, 2015)

1) Lanes closed on Swan Island’s N Channel Avenue this weekend
2) Rollin’ Gold bike ride headed to Overlook (June 6)
3) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (June 2)

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1) Lanes closed on Swan Island’s N Channel Avenue this weekend

Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on Swan Island’s N Channel Avenue from Dolphin Street to Anchor Street, as well as N Ballast Street and N Commerce Street this weekend. The lane closures are in effect Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1.76 lane miles. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask 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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2) Rollin’ Gold bike ride headed to Overlook (June 6)

pp2015fullA gold-themed bike ride will take place next weekend, ending at Old Gold bar. It’s part of Pedalpalooza. Don your gold clothing, glitter or body paint and join the biking fun. The easy 5-mile route will begin at Circa Cycles on NW Lovejoy Street. Learn more online.

Rollin’ Gold Ride
Saturday, June 6, 4 p.m.
Circa Cycles (1720 NW Lovejoy St.) to Old Gold (2105 N Killingsworth St.)

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3) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (June 2)

The OKNA board holds its monthly meeting next week.

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)
Agenda

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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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