FREE PIZZA! If you come to the BAC General Meeting Wednesday January 25, 7PM

Dear Neighbors:

Please make a point to attend the BAC General Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday January 25, at 7PM at the Loaves and Fishes center at 3925 SE Milwaukie Avenue.

Highlights:

  • Portland-Milwaukie light rail update from Tri-Met
  • Community policing update from Jacob Brostoff
  • News on the Portland Skatepark Plan from Colin Sharp
  • Community Garden update from Lee Kamrass
  • Nonconforming Sewers update from Mike O’Connor
  • News on a possible neighborhood Octoberfest and Criterium Bike Race with Tom Rousculp
  • Portland Harbor Superfund Site update from Von Summers of the Portland Partnership

…and our annual neighborhood action public brainstorming session!

Please bring all of your project/grant ideas, complaints, wishes, etc to the meeting and be ready to discuss!

SEE YOU TOMORROW NIGHT!

-The BAC

Please contact Mayor Adams about TRUCKS ON SE 26th!

Dear Neighbors,

You’ll all be receiving the Brooklyn Neighborhood News on your doorstep soon, and we’ve included the following message to him on a BRIGHT YELLOW POSTCARD that will probably fall out of the newsletter in your lap. Please read it, sign it, stamp it, and mail it, (or drop it off at City Hall).

You can send an email of the postcard by cutting and pasting some of the message below, along with some personal comments, into an email and sending it to Mayor Adams at: Samadams@portlandoregon.gov

REGARDING INCREASED TRUCK TRAFFIC ON SE 26TH AVENUE

Dear Mayor Sam Adams,

Over the past several months, representatives from the Brooklyn Neighborhood have contacted both the city and the railroad about the increased heavy truck traffic using the stretch SE 26th Avenue between SE Powell and SE Holgate Boulevard to access Brooklyn Yards. The increase in noise and safety problems has greatly impacted the livability of our neighborhood. The street is designated a “Safe Routes to School”/bicycle route for Cleveland High School and Creston Elementary, and having these trucks rumbling down SE 26th Avenue instead of SE McLoughlin and 17th Avenue violates the residential designation of the street.

Our communications with the railroad thus far have convinced us that UP’s management does not feel it has a legal or moral obligation to ensure that their facility complies with the freight plan and residential street use guidelines.

We would like the City of Portland to enforce its own freight plan by increasing police presence in the area, installing “Trucks Prohibited” signs, and informing UP that they must obey the freight plan or face enforcement actions. We need to prioritize our safety and livability over convenience for trucks and the railroad.

Thank you for your consideration.

Signed

 

City of Portland offering Big Incentives to Build ADUs

ADUs are small, standalone houses, sometimes converted from old garages, and sometimes built as new construction, are called Accessory Dwelling Units, or “ADUs”. Building an ADU on a property is neither cheap nor simple, but if you’re a homeowner with an inclination to have an ADU on your property, NOW is a great time to think about building one. Not only does Portland’s zoning code allow ADUs to be developed on most residential lots, but in an attempt to promote more ADUs within city limits, Portland has temporarily waived System Development Charges (which typically cost $7-12K) through June, 2013. Given that we’re now starting our way in 2012, many homeowners are thinking more seriously about building an ADU on their property. Continue reading City of Portland offering Big Incentives to Build ADUs