Urban Renewal Area Bulletin by onetwothree4


                                                 Urban Renewal Area Bulletin
                       October 2000

      INTERSTATE WORKING GROUPS TO                             Island, are creating a rainwater feature with a prow-
                                                               like sculpture at the Prescott station. At the
       CONVENE ON OCTOBER 16, 2000
                                                               Killingsworth station, Adrienne Cruz is designing col-
On September 18th the Interstate Corridor Advisory             orful tiles and flags inspired by textiles and wood-
Committee reconvened after the successful adoption of          working from India, Africa and Argentina. Lillian Pitt,
the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Plan. Over the           Ken MacKintosh are working with three other Native
summer months the plan went before the PDC Board,              American artists on treatments for the Portland
the Planning Commission and the Portland City Council.         Boulevard station. Linda Wysong is developing land-
Each of these planning bodies opened up their meetings         scape projects and a sculpture at the Delta Park sta-
for public comments and deliberation on the plan. After        tion that have water quality and environmental
hearing from hundreds of people, the urban renewal             themes. Otani is creating art for the Expo Station,
plan was unanimously adopted by the City Council on            recalling the location’s historic function as the assem-
August 23, 2000.                                               bly point for detained Japanese Americans during
                                                               World War II.
To carry out the hard work of strategy development and
project planning, the Interstate Advisory Committee will       Brian Borrello is refining ideas for sculpture and other
split up into working groups which will meet over the          elements at the Rose Quarter station. Finalists for the
next 8 months. Working groups will be made up of 7-            Lombard and Kenton station are preparing proposals;
10 members of the Advisory Committee and 7-10 mem-             selection occurs in late October. Artists for the Albina
bers of the public at large, for a total of 15 - 20 mem-       and Overlook stations will be selected early next year.
bers per group. Working groups will represent a diversi-       Stacy Drake-Edwards and Mary Priester, Tri-Met’s art
ty of viewpoints, opinions and ideas that will allow for       program managers, are working with station area
the development of meaningful, creative, and sound             committees for these artist selections.
strategies. All meetings will be open to the public and
input will be sought from members and non-members                   INTERSTATE WORKING GROUP
alike. Participation for these groups was widely solicited               MEETING SCHEDULE
from the community and final appointments will be
                                                                The next Interstate meeting will be held at Kaiser Town
made by Mayor Katz.                                             Hall, 3704 N. Interstate Ave., on Monday, October
                                                                16th, 2000 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Working groups will
Working groups will prepare strategies for housing, eco-        convene at staggered times as-follows:
nomic development, transportation and community liv-
                                                                Economic Development            6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
ability. Strategies will provide specific actions related to
                                                                Community Livability            6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
principles in the urban renewal plan and guide funding
decisions for projects and programs. Draft strategies will      Housing                         7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
be reviewed by the full Advisory Committee and the              Transportation                  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
public in early 2001 and finalized in spring 2001.
                                                                 • All meetings are open to the community with public
       UPDATE FROM TRI-MET ON THE                                  participation encouraged.
  INTERSTATE MAX STATION AREA ARTWORK                            • Future working group meetings will convene on the
                                                                   third Monday of the month (with the exception of
With oversight from a Citizen Art Advisory Commit-                 January, when meetings will be held on January
tee, a number of local artists have begun creating                 22nd) from now until May 2001.
projects for Interstate MAX stations. Valerie Otani and         Light refreshments will be served. Childcare available upon
                                                                request by calling Jon Connor at 503-823-3367 by 10/13.
Brian Borrello, influenced by the shipyards at Swan
            REVITALIZATION                                     COMMUNITY EVENTS IN
Work on Interstate MAX Station Area Revitalization
Strategies is about to begin, which will result in
                                                                         O C TO B E R
design and development strategies for the blocks
                                                            Traffic Calming Summit for Neighborhood
surrounding five light rail stations along Interstate       Association Representatives
Avenue. This nine-month effort is open to anyone
interested in helping shape development and other           Saturday, October 14th, 2000
public improvements around the Lombard, Portland            8:30a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Boulevard, Killingsworth, Prescott and Overlook             King School in the Cafetorium located at
light rail stations.                                        4815 NE 7th at Wygant St.
                                                            The purpose of the summit is to give neighborhood
There will be a number of opportunities to partici-         representatives the opportunity to review the work
pate in the process. The primary focus of public            being performed by the Traffic Calming Master Plan
involvement will be four public work sessions               Citizen Advisory Committee and to gauge the level
between November and March which will involve               of desire among residents for traffic calming services.
the public in generating a design development               This forum will also provide an opportunity for
strategy for each station. At these sessions, the com-      neighborhood leaders to identify potential funding
munity will review existing conditions, identify key        solutions for traffic calming services.
opportunities and constraints within 1/2 mile of
                                                            The summit is free and open to individuals involved
each station, create alternative strategies for each
                                                            with neighborhood associations. The King School is
area and recommend preferred strategies.
                                                            wheelchair accessible. For bus service take the #6 or
                                                            #72. For more information, contact Will Stevens at
The Interstate Urban Renewal Goals and Objectives
                                                            503-823-2267. To register contact Kristine Shigley
and the Albina Community Plan form the founda-
                                                            at 503-823-5273.
tion of this effort. The selected strategies for each
station will be reviewed by the Interstate Corridor         African American Health Fair
Urban Renewal Advisory Committee in the spring              Saturday, October 21st, 2000
followed by the Portland City Council. For more             9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
information on how to get involved, please call Kim         Self Enhancement Inc., (SEI) at 3920 N. Kerby
Knox at 503/242-0084.                                       This event is part of the African American Wellness
                                                            Week Sponsored by African American Health
Now that Interstate MAX has received its funding            Coalition, Legacy Health Systems, Providence, Kaiser
grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation,           Permanente, OHSU, Black United Fund of Oregon
plans to celebrate the construction groundbreaking          and Casey Family Program.
in November are in discussion. Ideas are welcome;
call 503-962-2133.                                          African American Home Fair
                                                            Saturday, October 28th, 2000
                                                            11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
                                                            Self Enhancement Inc., (SEI) at 3920 N. Kerby
                                                            This event is organized by a committee of local
                                                            businesses and organizations. It is a special effort to
                                                            better assist African Americans in the home buying
                                                            process and to promote African American home-
                                                            ownership. The fair will be open to the public and
              For more information about the Interstate     free of charge.
              Urban Renewal Area or to be placed on our
              mailing list, please call John Southgate at
              503-823-3257 or Elissa Gertler at 823-3231.

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