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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!

FAQs re: Woodstock Blvd development proposal

picture a 45-foot-high building here….

AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT
OF THE BLOCK THAT INCLUDES THE JOINERY
SE Woodstock Blvd to Martins St, between 48th and 49th Aves

[click to download a PDF of this overview]

  • 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

Proposed Development 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd: Neighborhood Presentation

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!

Raid Your Garden for the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale

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.

Neighborhood Events, January 2019

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

WNA January 2019 General Meeting

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).

Holiday Lights Around PDX

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!

Halloween Party at Woodstock Community Center

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.

WNA 501(c)(3) Conversion Meetings

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 info@woodstockpdx.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!

Come Celebrate WCC!

This year our beloved Community Center is celebrating 60 years as a Community Center! Built in 1928 it was a firehouse until Portland Parks and Recreation turned it into a Community Center in 1958.

The Friends of the Woodstock Community Center are throwing a family friendly Birthday party on September 9, 2018 at 2pm immediately following the Woodstock Farmer’s Market. Join us for some live music, class demonstrations and some tasty treats. The party will be on 43rd avenue between Woodstock Blvd and Knight St.

Portland Parks offers Preschool classes during the weekdays from September – May, 2 or 3 days per week. You can find out more about the preschool classes through Portland Parks here. Classes start on September 5th for the 2018/2019 school year.

There is also a variety of different recreational activities offered through Portland Parks and Recreation. Everything from fitness classes, to personal enrichment. Lots of activities for all age groups from the young to the young at heart. Check out the schedule posted by Portland Parks. The schedule gets updated quarterly so be sure to bookmark Portland Parks’ page for the Woodstock Community Center.

Recycling 101

 

Bonita Davis, Master Recycler, came and did a presentation on recycling in Portland at our August Neighborhood Meeting. Our recycling program is not perfect, but the most important thing to remember is to reduce contamination of good recycling, be sure not to put things in your blue bin that does not belong there! Recycling programs will be different based on what can be sorted and taken at the centers.

Did you know all food scraps can be placed in your compost bin? Yes even meat & seafood! When recycling, it is about the shape of the item. Plastic bottles (6oz or larger), tubs (6oz or larger), plant pots (4″ or larger), buckets (5 gallon or less) can all be recycled. Keep all boxes that come from the freezer ore refrigerator section of the grocery store out of the blue bin.

Be sure to check out the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website for more information. See this easy to print guide you can reference if you have questions!

Remember:

When in doubt, throw it out!

**At our Board Meeting, we have decided to postpone the special meeting regarding registering the WNA as an independent 501c(3). If you were interested in attending this meeting, keep an eye out on the website and Facebook for any updates as we will update when more information is available.

Don’t forget, the WNA Land Use committee meets the 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Join Ed and Zaq to hear about upcoming Land use issues in the Woodstock Neighborhood.