The Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) is an all-volunteer community organization with free membership for anyone who lives, works, or owns property or a business in the Woodstock Neighborhood in SE Portland, Oregon. WNA’s purpose is to enhance community connections and livability in Woodstock and surrounding neighborhoods by promoting and supporting projects and activities that contribute to these goals, and to provide a means for citizen participation and communication in affairs that directly and indirectly affect the Woodstock neighborhood and the greater Portland area in which we reside. WNA meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month, at 7pm, at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave., at the corner of Knight St., just west of Bi-Mart). Please join us!
We need your help with this year’s Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale. The sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019, the day before Mother’s Day, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd Ave., Portland.
Proceeds from the sale help pay for routine maintenance, including custodial service and supplies, for the community center, as part of an agreement with Portland Parks that has helped keep the center open since 2004. Our volunteer “Friends of the Woodstock Community Center” coordinate all this.
We need volunteers on three different days
Thursday, May 9, from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM: Cover the community center’s North Room floor with red rosin paper, and get tables set up for sorting and organizing plants.
Friday, May 10, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM: Help bring plants into the Woodstock Community Center, and label, price, and sort plants into categories (herbs, ground covers, white perennials, etc.). We need 12 to 24 volunteers for as much time as they can spare; some plant knowledge helps, but is not absolutely necessary.
Saturday, May 11 (day of sale) from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM: Beginning at 7:30, set up outdoor display tables, carry plants outside and arrange them on tables. From 9:00 AM to the end of the sale, help customers find and transport plants, and help with plant information. From 2:00 PM on, help put things away and clean up in and around the community center.
Sign up online or in person at the WCC
- Select one or more shifts using our online signup page.
- Visit the Woodstock Community Center at 5905 E 43rd Ave and add your name to the signup sheet. The center is open most weekday mornings.
- Sign up at the Wed., May 1st Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting (7:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center).
The 2019 WOODSTOCK NEIGHBORHOOD PLANT SALE is Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd Ave.
It’s a tradition: A group of neighborhood friends who volunteer annually to help with the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale get together for a hypertufa party, signifying the start of the year’s plant sale preparations. What’s hypertufa? Equal parts Portland cement, perlite, and peat moss mixed with water to a moldable consistency.
Enjoying hot drinks and sharing conversation over a couple of hours, they mix and mold hypertufa into used plastic containers to make the plant pots that will hold Shelly Keach’s beautiful miniature sedum gardens, a popular Mother’s Day gift sold at the plant sale. The next step is looking for a variety of sedums to put in the pots.
With the onset of spring, now is the time for gardeners to begin potting up unwanted volunteer seedlings or extra plant divisions from their yards to donate to the plant sale. Some enterprising volunteers plant seeds for tomatoes and other veggies. If you have pots to donate, contact Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724. And see you at the sale!
Join Friends of the Woodstock Community Center for a PLANT DIVISION WORKSHOP led by gardening guru Melba Dlugonski, Saturday, April 6th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the WCC, 5905 SE 43rd Ave.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT
OF THE BLOCK THAT INCLUDES THE JOINERY
SE Woodstock Blvd to Martins St, between 48th and 49th Aves
- What is being proposed on the “Joinery block”?
As submitted to the City of Portland, the redevelopment proposes 178 residential units with 130 underground parking stalls. The building elevations provided by the developer’s representative show a 4-story building, with vehicle entrance to the underground parking via 48th Avenue. 5,000 square feet of retail is proposed on the ground floor as well. The proposed redevelopment would require the removal of the existing Joinery buildings, plus four residential properties within that block.
- Is the project already approved? What is the status?
The applicant and representatives presented preliminary plans at a Pre-Application conference convened by the Portland Bureau of Development Services on March 6, 2019. The applicant submitted the building elevations and a project rendering (a conceptual sketch of the project) to get input from City Bureaus regarding code and development standards, required road and sidewalk improvements, and required submittal items for their formal application. A Pre-Application meeting is the first step of the development process. Based on input received from the Project Architect, they are only 5% along in their design and permit process and their project timeline could take more than 8 months before final plans are submitted to the City.
- Is the project allowed at this location?
The site is zoned CM2, which allows for commercial mixed use in a variety of commercial centers and corridors in areas served by frequent transit. CM2 zoning allows for office, retail and residential uses. Building heights are 45 feet maximum, which is generally 4-stories, allowing for increase to 55 feet with bonus provisions. As submitted at the Pre-Application meeting, this project is 45 feet high and not seeking a height bonus provision. Development standards require that the building be “stepped-back” as it abuts residential neighbors, requiring upper levels of the building to be set back further from the street and residences. The proposal does show this along SE Martins. So based on the project submitted at the Pre-Application meeting, this project does meet City standards and requirements and would likely be approved.
- Who is the developer?
The Project Architects, Leeb Architects, attended the Pre-Application meeting. The elevations and plans submitted by Leeb indicated that Mill Creek Residential is the Developer. Mill Creek Residential is a national multi-family residential developer with regional offices in Bellevue, Washington. The plans list the project as “Woodstock Modera,” which is similar to their other “Modera” projects. There are six existing Modera projects in the Portland metro region. Those can be found at: https://millcreekplaces.com/portfolio/
- I would like to provide input for this project. How can I do that?
We welcome your attendance at the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee (LUC) meeting held the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave). Our LUC helps neighbors understand city planning and zoning issues, and provides a forum for discussion of neighborhood land use matters. However, the best opportunity for your input will be at the April 11th developers’ presentation held at All Saints Episcopal Church (4033 SE Woodstock Blvd) at 7 pm. As required by the City, the project team must present proposed plans at a public neighborhood meeting. At this meeting you can share your input with the project team.
- I have a busy schedule and don’t want to miss any project updates or important opportunities to comment. Is anyone tracking this project?
Again, the best opportunity to have your voice heard is the April 11th meeting at All Saints (see details below). We will work to provide information relating to any other opportunities for public comment, as well as any updates from the project team and from the City, and key dates for project timeline. We will continue to track any submittals to the City by the project team and any comments issued by the City or its agencies. Watch for updates on our website, social media (Facebook and Nextdoor), and at our monthly WNA and LUC meetings (as agenda allows).
We do appreciate your interest in the project and want to provide a forum for your input. Again, it is our goal to coordinate communications with the project team in order to be able to keep the Woodstock Neighborhood informed!
Upcoming Woodstock Neighborhood Association Meetings
- Wednesday, March 20: WNA Land Use Committee Meeting, Woodstock Community Center, 7PM
- Wednesday, April 3: WNA General Meeting, Woodstock Community Center, 7PM
- Thursday, April 11: WNA-hosted meeting with project developer, architect, and property owner, All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., 7PM
The Woodstock Neighborhood Association has received lots of questions regarding the proposed development for the property located at 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd (location is currently The Joinery). Please join us for a special presentation with Leeb Architects regarding this project. For current status of the application status you can see updates at Portland Maps
A special meeting will be hosted by the WNA on April 11, 2019 at 7pm at All Saints Episcopal Church 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd
Visit our Facebook Event, share with your neighbors, we will see you on the 11th!
CALLING ALL GARDENERS!
We depend on YOU for the success of our annual neighborhood plant sale benefit, which is largely made up of plant donations from generous gardeners in our community.
Though the sale doesn’t take place ’til May, the day before Mother’s Day, NOW is the time to begin potting up those plant contributions.
We are looking for perennials, as well as vegetable starts, herbs, ground covers, native plants, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrubs. We encourage you to pot up plants from your garden, or plant seeds for starts, by March or early April, in preparation for the sale.
Proceeds from the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale go to support volunteer efforts that ensure ongoing routine maintenance, including custodial service and supplies, for the Woodstock Community Center. The plant sale helps us hold up our end of the partnership agreement with Portland Parks that has helped keep the center open since 2004.
SAVE THESE DATES!
Drop your contributions at the Woodstock Community Center on May 10, 2019, between Noon and 7pm. If you need empty pots or an alternate drop-off time, call Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724.
The plant sale is Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9am to 3pm. The Woodstock Community Center is located at 5905 SE 43rd Ave @ Knight St, Portland, Oregon.
1/14/19, 7pm: Final meeting of the WNA Organizational Structure Committee. Woodstock New Seasons (2nd Floor).
1/19/19, 2pm: Peg People, Winter Fairies: Bring your kids to the Woodstock Library and make a 2″ wooden peg fairy. Paint hair and clothes, even add jewels if you like!
1/23/19, 7pm: Friends of the Woodstock Community Center. Woodstock Community Center.
1/30/19, 2/4/19 & 2/21/19, 7pm: Affordable Childcare Conversation. Join Trinity United Methodist Church for a conversation about the rising costs of childcare and brainstorming solutions to these challenges. Children are welcome to attend and care will be provided at no cost during these sessions.
2/2/19, 5pm & 7pm: Crackin’ Crab Feast at All Saints Episcopal Church. $40 for crab, salad & bread, cash bar for beer & wine also available. All proceeds benefit Outreach Ministries at All Saints Church. www.allsaintspdx.org for tickets or call Nancy at 916-202-7132
2/5/19, 6pm: Woodstock Community Business Association Annual Meeting. Woodstock Key Bank, 4600 SE Woodstock Blvd. Your business is invited to attend the WCBA Annual meeting, find out what was accomplished in 2018 and goals for 2019. Join the WCBA for an evening filled with food, drinks and networking. Meet the board, renew your membership, or join for the first time! $15 per person, or two for $25.
2/6/19, 7pm: Woodstock Neighborhood Association Meeting. WNA Board meeting immediately following
Please join us for the first Woodstock Neighborhood Association Meeting of the New Year! This month we will hear from our Organizational Structure Committee on proposed upgrades to the WNA structure to a 501(c)3 non-profit. Come hear how this will help maintain and grow your WNA for years to come! January 2, 2019, 7:00PM at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd).
The holidays are a great time to spend some time with family looking at the wonderful lights displays around. Take a walk in your neighborhood, you are sure to see some spectacular lights.
Check out this list of large displays around town!
- Oregon ZooLights: 4001 SW Canyon RD, Through January 5, 2019 www.oregonzoo.org
- Christmas Ship Parade: Along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, through December 20, 2018 www.christmasships.org
- Miracle of a Million Lights: 1441 N McClellan St, through December 23, 2018 www.victorianbelle.com
- Winter Wonderland at PIR: 1940 N Victory Blvd, through December 26, 2018 www.winterwonderlandportland.com
- Peacock Lane: SE Peacock Lane between Stark & Belmont, December 15 – 31, 208 www.peacocklane.org
- The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights: 85th & Sandy Blvd, through December 30 (Closed Christmas Day) www.thegrotto.org
Come join us on Halloween for a party at the Woodstock Community Center. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association will be hosting our annual Halloween Party at the Community Center. Come by and party with your neighbors and meet your Neighborhood Association Board. Wear your costume (if you like) and join us for some music, games, snacks, candy and some awesome raffle prizes!
The party is from 4pm – 7pm at the Community Center 5905 SE 43rd Ave
Be sure to also head down Woodstock Blvd for some trick or treating at participating business also from 4pm – 7pm.
This is a free family-friendly event.
Woodstock Neighborhood Association is considering converting to our own 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization. Currently, we have a fiscal sponsorship through South East UpLift (SEUL) which is coordinated through Portland’s Office of Civic and Community Life (formally Office of Neighborhood Involvement, ONI).
With the conversion to an independent 501(c)(3), WNA would be able to apply for grants that are available independent from SEUL. In order to resolve board and community questions WNA will be holding a bi-weekly meeting to discuss and resolve questions that have come up concerning this conversion.
If you have any experience or are interested in helping your neighborhood organization with this we welcome your input! Please join us every other Monday starting October 8th at 7pm at the Woodstock Community Center. Agendas will be posted to the website along with meeting minutes.
If you have any questions about this conversion, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer them as best we can.
Updated information including meeting minutes will be posted here
Please join us if you can, it is a great way to get involved in your neighborhood!