Please attend one of three open houses for a progress report on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project. Topics will include the new Willamette River transit bridge, engineering, the project timeline and the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
As was discussed at the January Brooklyn Action Corps General Meeting, the City of Portland is moving forward with plans to restructure the Portland Police Bureau. Of particular interest to Brooklyn residents and business owners, is the proposal to close Southeast Precinct. This means that Brooklyn would be patrolled instead by officers working out of Central Precinct in Downtown.
A series of very important meetings will be held over the next couple of weeks in regards to the introduction of MAX light rail and the future design of SE 16TH and a17TH Avenues in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. Several new design changes are being suggested by TriMet and the City of Portland, and neighborhood input and comment is highly needed at this time.
Please join us this Wednesday, the 10th of December, for the final Brooklyn Board Meeting of 2008. The meeting starts at 6:30 at the Loaves and Fishes Center located at the corner of SE Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street. Items on the agenda include and update on the residential development at 3523 SE 13TH Avenue, growing concerns over traffic saftey, and an update on the Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Project.
The City of Portland is seeking feedback on propesed regualtions to promote the construction of earth-friendly commercial and residential buildings.
Construction is quickly moving forward on the new retail center known as “The Shops at Brooklyn Yard”. Located near the McLoughlin/Holgate intersection, the complex will be anchored by a 43,000 square foot 24 Hour Fitness Sport Club, and will feature an additional 9,000 square feet of retail space. This project featuers innovative modern architecture and is located at the former site of the Rose Manor Motel.
The BAC Board has voted unanimously to oppose a proposal to divide a parcel of land located at 3523 SE 13TH Avenue.
This was a difficult decision for our organization to make. Unlike many other neighborhoods in Inner Southeast Portland, the Brooklyn Action Board generally supports residential infill development. Increased residential density reduces suburban sprawl, revitalizes nearby commercial areas, and helps to provide much needed affordable housing.
The nonprofit group Friends of Trees is bringing its tree planting expertise back to the Brooklyn Neighborhood. Volunteers will be planting street trees in the neighborhood on November the 22nd. However, property owners must sign up by September 26th. There is very little cost for property owners, but the benefits of addiing trees are significant.
Residents and owners of property between SE 16th and 17th Avenues are strongly encouraged to attend the next BAC General Meeting. Trimet staff will be present to talk about future plans for the addition of MAX light rail to SE 17th Avenue. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September the 24th at the Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center starting at 7:00 PM.