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Proposed Alcohol Impact Area in Downtown & the Pearl

Posted By johntarantino1 on February 18, 2010

VIBRANT PDX: Volunteering as Innovative Businesses to Reduce Alcohol-related Nuisances Together.

The City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is forming an area wide coalition to address livability and public safety issues in the Downtown core:

ONI is proposing a voluntary agreement between the City of Portland and all the holders of Oregon Liquor Control Commission Off Premise Liquor Licenses in the Downtown, Old Town/Chinatown, and part of the Pearl Neighborhoods to address the problems associated with street drinking and chronic intoxication that negatively impact everyone. The proposal is designed to limit the availability of high alcohol content beverages and large quantities of alcohol that are favored by those who illegally drink in public.

Theresa Marchetti (Liquor Licensing Specialist – ONI) has attended one of our PDNA board meetings requesting that the neighborhood association issue a letter of support for the voluntary agreement. She has informed us that the voluntary ban that they are pursuing is modeled after a successful resolution in Tacoma, Washington.

The language that ONI has so far proposed is somewhat generic and could potentially hurt Pearl District businesses. In our last board meeting, Patricia Gardner made a motion that the Board would like ONI to look at the WA Liquor control Board Resolution July 16, 2008 CC language (linked above) that includes specific details as a successful model to follow which includes a specific product ban list. Yasmine seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

ONI will be hosting several public meetings on VIBRANT PDX, and would like to hear your feedback! Their are two more scheduled public meetings on this issue to voice your comments, suggestions, or concerns:

WHEN: Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
TIME: 6pm

WHERE: Portland Building – Second Floor Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave
Portland OR 97204

Author: johntarantino1

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