A public forum to consider the case against total demolition of Centennial Mills has been scheduled for Thursday January 21st at 6 pm at Pure Space (1315 NW Overton St.). This meeting is sponsored by the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Harsch Investment Properties president Jordan Schnitzer, whose opportunity to redevelop the property was rescinded by the Portland Development Commission in November, 2015.
Please join us to discuss the future of Centennial Mills, a valuable site of regional historical significance that was promised to the neighborhood and to the people of the region.
Following up the Portland City Council adoption of minimal changes to the pile driving noise ordinance in July, Commissioner Amanda Fritz has created a noise task force to review possible additional revisions. Under discussion are: a city wide prohibition of impact hammer pile driving; details of the variance, appeal and notification process; and zoning designations wherein current ”EX” industrial zones could be changed to commercial.
A change to commercial zoning in neighborhoods that have become more residential, such as the Pearl District, would reduce allowable decibel levels. This change would permit the City’s Noise Control Officer greater flexibility to enforce loud noises that are harmful to residents, but cannot be enforced under the current law.
Advocates for change have cited information that the noise and vibration of impact hammer pile driving is harmful to people’s health. They further added that innovative techniques such as the significantly quieter auger cast method is an acceptable alternative. Advocates further urge the total prohibition of impact hammer pile driving except in engineer certified situations where an alternative method would not be viable for geotechnical reasons.
The nine member citizen task force has met two times with three more meetings to follow. Commissioner Fritz is expected to bring recommendation to City Council on November 12.
Additional information can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/68392
Brooms, grabbers and trash bags in hand, more than 100 participants turned out to clean up the streets of the Pearl District in the semi-annual Polish the Pearl event on October 17th. Wearing an array of orange and yellow vests, the spirited volunteers, led by street captains, marched through the streets of the neighborhood picking up trash.
The group gathered early in the morning at Peet’s Coffee to pick up equipment, receive instructions and mingle with their friends and neighbors. Finishing up several hours later, volunteers assembled at the Fields Park to enjoy donated refreshments and to vie for the raffle prize of a donated bicycle.
Leader of the event, Jennifer Posivak of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) Livability Committee, reported the following results:
A total of 41 walk ins who had not preregistered on the SOLVE website.
65 Individuals preregistered on the SOLVE website – 92 total number of volunteers (one person can register multiple people).
13 youths under 18 participated.
55 free coffee tickets were turned in to Peet’s coffee.
100 donated tacos were delivered to the Fields park from The Fields Bar & Grill.
59 raffle tickets were counted.
105 total garbage bags weighing in at 2100 pounds.
5 total recycle bags (consolidated multiple bags).
Polish the Pearl is sponsored by the PDNA and is held in the fall and spring every year.
Donning their colorful yellow vests, nine Friends of the Pearl volunteers recently went out on their first of regularly scheduled patrols throughout the Pearl District. This patrol focused on the north end of the district, but will be patrolling various areas of the neighborhood on different dates. In addition to the regular patrols, volunteers will also be doing random patrols.
Initiated by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’sLivability and Safety Committee, the group has grown to over twenty volunteers with a number of others in the wings awaiting training. One of the groups initiators and leaders, Patrice Hanson said, “We are thrilled to get this program going and are encouraged by the enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers. This is one small way in which we can help maintain the quality and livability of our neighborhood.”
Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), has led the training and will continue to help train new volunteers. Mr. Wells speaks about various criminal and suspicious activities, reporting procedure and the critical importance of non confrontation as personal safety is paramount. There are currently six Foot Patrols in neighborhoods across the city.
Another safety initiative in the coming months will be the creation of a Neighborhood Watch program.
The Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol kicked off its first walk on July 8 with some 20 volunteers gathering at Jamison Square. Representatives from the Police Bureau, Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and the Parks and Recreation Bureau were also on hand. Led by ONI’s Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Wells, volunteers donned their colorful yellow vests and did a walkthrough of the North Pearl. The group will soon schedule routine patrols throughout the District. Additional volunteers have already filled up the next training session scheduled later in July.
Initiated earlier this year by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’sLivability and Safety Committee, the patrol concept has garnered much interest in the community. A Neighborhood Watch program is also in the works over the coming months.
Rogue Brewery and Public House is holding its 21st Annual Bones and Brew event on August 1, 2015, from noon to 10:00 on NW Flanders between 14th and 15th and NW 15th between Flanders and Glisan. The event features live music, 30+ local beers and ciders, BBQ, competitions, guest appearances by Miss Rogue Nation and Rogue Nation President Al Jorgensen, and much more. Fun for the whole family. $5 dollar suggested donation at the door benefits the New Generations Rotary Club.
Thank you, everyone, for your interest, support, and patience as we sort through the Right 2 Dream Too move and our communication with the City. At our September 12th board meeting, we voted to release the funds set aside should we ever need to use legal action. On the advice of our coalition Neighbors West-Northwest, because this may become a legal matter, we are being mindful of what information we put in the public. Neighborhood associations are not bound by the same open meetings/records rules as everyday business in these specific and very limited cases.
We are trying to get Commissioner Fritz into the neighborhood to address the PDNA (not just individual buildings) and this is the letter we sent yesterday.
The 2013-2014 goal for the PDNA communications committee is to develop an inter-committee culture that emphasizes communicating with the PDNA membership and neighbors about what the PDNA is doing. Currently, the committee uses monthly electronic newsletters, but news can get out more quickly than that. To that end, committee members have volunteered to be liaisons who fill out a short report after each meeting and then the tidbits of news are shared on Facebook. We will try to upload the files regularly to the website so those who do not use Facebook can also keep up with the PDNA’s work.
Keep in mind that meeting reports are not committee meeting minutes. Minutes are made publicly available here and often experience a delay in being uploaded because they must be voted on at the next meeting and most of our committees only meet once a month (hence the desire to get the word out a little more quickly.)
All files are PDFs, which is hopefully convenient for you to view.
If you would like to volunteer to be a liaison for a committee you already attend or would like to join the communications committee, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We currently need people to report on the Fundraising Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
The City of Portland is proposing to move the Right 2 Dream Too camp from Burnside to under the Broadway Bridge. We have provided links below to articles which summarize the story. Below those links is a letter opposing this proposal on the grounds that there has been no public process (deliberately, we learned) and the institutionalization of camping violates both the Portland Development Commission’s mission and several City and State codes and zoning laws. We encourage you to respond to this matter if you feel compelled, but remember that the issue is not about property values, it’s about the City’s violation of our trust and its own integrity.
At our upcoming annual board meeting in October, we will need to fill several board member positions. If you are interested or know someone you’d like to nominate, now is the time. We need to receive all nominations by September 30 in order to have time to review each candidate before the meeting.
You can fill out the form below or download the PDF and deliver it in person to Patricia Gardner at either the Board meeting, Planning Committee meeting, Emergency Preparedness meeting, Livability Committee meeting, or the Pearl Party (see Calendar under Get Involved for dates, times and locations). You can also email the form to Patty (email@example.com) or Kate Washington (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you email to make a nomination for someone else, please include their contact information.