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What’s new?

The next General Meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association will be December 2nd at 7:00pm. Watch for agenda highlights.

Miss the meeting on the development at the Chinese Presbyterian Church site? Read the minutes here.

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New Construction in Woodstock

Below are currently the significant construction projects in various stages in the Woodstock Neighborhood. Please note that the start/complete dates are WAGs (Wild A** Guesses) NOT supplied by builders.

Joinery block redevelopment: The Joinery and four homes south of it will be demolished, and replaced by a 5 story, 194 unit apartment building with 120 underground parking stalls. It’s progress awaits permits and financing. Start ~March 2021, Completion ~mid 2022.

5111 SE Woodstock: Demolished building will be replaced by 28 micro apartments. No parking is required or provided. Construction started 07/20 and should complete 12/20.

Chinese Presbyterian Church Building: Existing church will be replaced by 4 story building, 84 apartment units of various sizes, and 1800 sq. ft. of retail. No parking is required or provided. Construction may start ~02/21, and might complete ~09/22.

Chinese Presbyterian Church Parking lot: Existing parking lot will be replaced with a new Church. Start/Complete times are unknown at this point.

6005 SE 51st Street (at Woodstock): Construction of a 3 story, 4-unit apartment building. Construction began 09/19 and should complete 11/20.

See something not mentioned here? Send an email to IKnowWoodstock@gmail.com with “Construction” in the Subject.

Fossil Fuel in our Homes

Portland gets downright cold in the winter. Most of us are glad that if we give the thermostat a slight twist, our homes get warmer. For almost all of us, that twist means opening a valve to burn more natural gas, a fossil fuel whose consumption adds carbon dioxide to our atmosphere. Ouch.

Some of us are looking for an alternative, and the best we’ve found is electricity. True, much of our electricity is generated from burning fossil fuels, but the percentage goes down every year. Our local supplier, PGE, uses 25% renewable energy right now, and is committed to 50% by 2022, a little over a year away. The best part is that the trajectory is upward.

New construction should be all-electric. Cities like Berkeley, California already require it. Changing an existing home from gas to electricity is more expensive, but doable. Many of us feel something must be done about climate change. We need to ask ourselves how strong that feeling is.

September Meetings

We will have a full schedule of meetings in September, although all will be virtual using Zoom. Connection information will be available here near the end of August. There is no need to download any software. When you click on the links that will be provided, you will be taken directly to the Zoom meeting.

  • WNA General Meeting   September 2nd, 2020   7pm

https://zoom.us/j/97984723663

Or join by phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 979 8472 3663

  • WNA Board Meeting   September 9th, 2020   7pm

https://zoom.us/j/95703624713

Or join by phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 957 0362 4713

  • WNA Land Use Committee   September 16th, 2020   7pm

September Meeting Canceled

  • WNA Friends of Woodstock Community Center   September 23rd, 2020   7pm

July Board Meeting

Until further notice, Woodstock Neighborhood Association will be conducting its public meetings in a virtual meeting space. This month’s meeting  of the Board of Directors will be at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 8th via Zoom.

There is NO NEED to download anything to join this meeting. Just click on the link below and you will be automatically directed to the meeting space.

Join the WNA Board Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/760325712

OR CALL IN:
+1 (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 760 325 712

The link to Zoom for iPhone can be found here
Zoom for Android

Zoom website  

THE WNA HAS A NEW MEETING SCHEDULE. GENERAL MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY and JUNE.

BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY IN JULY, SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER, JANUARY, MARCH, and MAY.

June General Meeting and Election

WNA will be electing a new board on June 3rd, 2020 at 7 pm.

The WNA Board of Directors currently has several open seats. The board is particularly seeking a chair-person or co-chairs.

Acting as an Area Representative is a simple way to begin serving on the WNA board. Board positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Area Representative (5), and various Committee Chairs.  No experience is necessary: all you need is enthusiasm! The Board will meet six times over the next 12 months, and will hold nine General Meetings.

Living or working in Woodstock neighborhood qualifies you for WNA membership. The purpose of the association is to improve the livability of the City of Portland and of the Woodstock neighborhood; to promote and support projects and activities that contribute to these goals; and to provide a means for citizen participation and communication in determination of affairs which directly and indirectly affect the Woodstock neighborhood.

To Join the General Meeting, at 7pm on Wednesday, June 3rd, use the link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/999251486

Or call in:

+1 (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 999 251 486

For organizing and representation purposes, the neighborhood is subdivided into five geographic sections as illustrated in this simplified map. The Board has positions for an Area Representative from each geographic area. For questions: info@woodstockpdx.org

WNA Land Use Committee May 20th Agenda

WNA’s Land Use Committee will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm.
Time: May 20, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89804205725
To join via phone #1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 898 0420 5725

Agenda:
Status of Development Projects
  • The Joinery– status of building permit and demolition permits. Updated closing date for sale of property.
  • Chinese Presbyterian Church– Early Assistance meeting held. Proposal includes 87 rental units, 1,800 SF of retail. 4 stories.
  • 5111 SE Woodstock– 28 unit “micro” apartments. Building permit issued, not sure if developer is delaying project?
City Projects
  • Bureau of Development Services (BDS)– status of permit counter and how permit reviews are being conducted during COVID.
  • Residential Infill Project (RIP)– proposed draft code amendments released by City. Online testimony may be submitted until early June. Review applicable amendments.
  • Design Overlay Zoning Amendment (DOZA)– provide update on City timeline and status.
As time permits, discussion for potential LUC topics or presenters for upcoming meetings. Also, note upcoming June WNA Board election.

Proposed WNA Bylaws To Be Voted On May 13, 2020

Click here: Woodstock-BYLAWS v2 191121 

At the end of 2018, the WNA board voted unanimously to create a subcommittee to investigate and make recommendations for our organizational structure status, named the Organizational Structure of the WNA committee. The committee, open to all board and general members, came to the consensus that the federal 501(c)3 non-profit status would fit the needs and future goals of the WNA board. The committee presented their finding of pursuing 501(c)3 status to the board, and the board voted to move forward with the 501(c)3 status. The committee met twice monthly for over a year, reviewing the lengthy and detailed documentation and legal requirements of the IRS. The committee recommended (and the board approved) submitting the final draft application (including the bylaws and articles of incorporation) to a local attorney office specializing in non-profit law (The Center for Non-Profit Law). The attorney’s office determined we qualified for the IRS “short form.” They also determined our bylaws as they stood were not in compliance with IRS regulations, and recommended we start anew over line-item editing, which is what the committee elected to pursue.

Above are the bylaws that have been edited by our attorney for submittal to the IRS for  consideration for 501(c)3 status.

Changes to WNA meetings and elections

For the foreseeable future, all WNA meetings will be hosted virtually and publically on Zoom. It is not necessary to download anything to access these meetings.  Telephone attendance is possible for these meetings.

**BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 3rd**

First Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 8:30 pm – Woodstock Neighborhood Association General Meeting

Next scheduled meeting: Wednesday, June 3rd at 7 pm

Join the Zoom Meeting!

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/999251486

Or call in:

+1 (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 999 251 486

Second Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 8 pm – Woodstock Neighborhood Association Board of Directors Meeting

Next scheduled meeting: Wednesday, May 13th at 7 pm   

Join the WNA Board Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/760325712

OR CALL IN:

+1 (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 760 325 712

Third Wednesday of the month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm – WNA Land Use and Sustainability Committee Meeting

Next scheduled meeting: Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm

Fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Friends of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association Meeting

Next scheduled meeting: Wednesday, May 27th at 7 pm