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Poster Art about the Corona Virus, drawn by May, 7, and Margaret, 5.
The new Pocket Park at All-Saints Episcopal Church
The Woodstock Community Center (and one-time Firehouse!)

WELCOME!

Become a member of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association! It is an opportunity to meet people who care about Woodstock, and the more members we have, the stronger our voice will be on issues we all care about. Follow this link and fill out the form. It will take you about a minute! Click here to see who we are! We have several exciting projects planned for 2021/22. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us!

The WNA Newsletter publishes every month. If you’re not receiving it, click “Sign up for our Newsletter” under Stay in Touch in the right column.

Got 3 minutes to learn about homelessness in Portland? Click here!

Have you noticed those “Little Libraries”, shelves of books by the streets? Thanks to Ken Huey, we have a map of their locations in the Woodstock area.

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 deconstructed, and replaced by a 5 story, 194 unit apartment building with 120 underground parking stalls. Although the sale has gone through, no work, including demolition, is expected until this summer. Start ~August 2021, Completion ~early 2023.

5111 SE Woodstock: Nearly complete building with 28 micro apartments. No parking is required or provided. Construction started 07/20 and should complete 4/21.

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. The large Douglas Fir at the NE corner will be removed. Deconstruction of the existing church started 4/21, 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.

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.

For more information about avoiding natural gas, click here.

WNA Adopts PDX Main Streets’ Design Guidelines

Following the October Woodstock Neighborhood Association general meeting, where Heather Flint-Chatto gave a presentation on the PDX Main Streets Design Initiative, the WNA board voted to adopt PDX Main Streets’ voluntary design guidelines for application to Woodstock’s core commercial Main Streets. The PDX Main Streets Design Initiative is a not-for-profit coalition of community and business leaders, architects, designers, planners, artists and community advocates. Its mission is to raise design literacy and empower community members to manage growth and change. This program is especially suited for Portland neighborhoods that were originally oriented around a street-car or trolley line, with central main streets that remain a source of pride and vitality to this day. The design guidelines are crafted to help new development fit better within our most historic areas while leaving room for creativity and innovation.

Woodstock Neighborhood Association looks forward to working further with PDX Main Streets on recommendations to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Development Services (BDS) about the upcoming Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package of proposals to update and improve both the process and the tools used in design review. The first public hearing on the amendments proposed as part of the DOZA Proposed Draft will be held on October 22nd at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor, from 5 to 8 pm. The public is invited to attend and to provide testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and Design Commission. Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee plans to lead a discussion of DOZA at its next meeting on Oct 16th, from 7-8:30 PM at Woodstock Community Center.

PDX Main Streets’ design guidelines have previously been adopted by Sellwood-Westmoreland Improvement League, Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association, and Brooklyn, Richmond, Creston-Kenilworth, and Hosford-Abernethy neighborhoods.

 

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.

  • I have a busy schedule and don’t want to miss any project updates or important opportunities to comment. Is anyone tracking this project?

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!

Recycling 101

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!

Don’t forget, the WNA Land Use committee meets the 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

Welcome to Our Neighborhood!

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 at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave., at the corner of Knight St., just west of Bi-Mart). Please join us!

A Brief History of Portland Fish Market

Portland Fish Market is the dream of Mike Shirley and Ben Berkowitz. Ben explains, “Mike and I have called Oregon home for over a decade and in that time we have spent countless hours fishing the coast. Our dream was to create a sustainable supply chain of fresh retail seafood directly from the boats we fished on and around, without the use of large corporate wholesalers/middlemen. Today Portland Fish Market has done just that. We buy directly off hard-working boats that catch the freshest seafood in the Pacific Northwest.”

tuna boat display

WNA: Why choose Woodstock for your business?
Ben Berkowitz: Agnes and I have lived in Westmoreland for 13 years and have always thought of Woodstock as an extension of our neighborhood. We felt like we hit the jackpot being able to open our business in our own back yard.

WNA: We love your Fish & Chips Window! Are there any new additions to the menu or market this year?
Ben: Thanks, opening the window has been a long-term goal of ours. We have thoroughly enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm the window has brought to our shop and to our seafood. As for new additions to the menu I only have one word: Shellfish!

WNA: Top three personal favorite products that you carry?
Ben: If I had to choose three, I’d say Smoked Black Cod because it’s so rich and satiating. Next, Dungeness crab, we are so lucky to have access to this especially sweet resource. Last but not least, our fish and chips, because it’s just so darn good.

WNA: Share your most interesting product request?
Ben: At a fish market we get a lot of interesting requests; fish from far off lands, cuts we never imagined eating. I enjoy these orders the most, because they allow me access to seafood I never thought I’d see or work with.

WNA: What other businesses would you like to see pop up in the neighborhood?
Ben: As Woodstock continues to grow in leaps and bounds, I’d like to more owner-operated businesses come in to enhance the sense community.

Portland Fish Market has indeed enhanced our community! Look for Ben and Agnes at their Woodstock Farmers Market booth on Sundays this season!


Thanks to Cora Schleicher for conducting the interview and contributing photos for this post.

Resources for Tenants

homeforrentWoodstock Neighborhood Association is not a homeowners association and it is not a membership association. It is an association that is open and welcomes the involvement of anyone and everyone who lives, works, or owns property here. Because of all the comments we received on a recent Facebook post regarding a family that had been evicted from their home this winter (their school community was helping raise relocation funds via a crowdfunding campaign), we decided to dedicate our March 1st meeting to tenants’ rights.

We want to thank Margot Black of the Portland Tenants Union for responding to our invitation to speak at the meeting by creating an extremely informative slideshow to bring people up to speed on tenants’ struggles in Portland and legislation currently pending in the Oregon State Legislature that would give renters more protection from gigantic rent hikes and sudden, no-cause evictions.

Margot shared a lot about all the hoops people have to jump through just to get housing, with application fees, screening criteria, fickle selection processes, and agreement terms that give tenants very little security and undermine their stability.

She explained the difference between no-cause, for-cause, and FED, or forced-entry and detainer evictions. She said studies have shown that eviction is more often the cause of poverty than an effect.

Yes, Oregon has a number of tenant protection laws on the books, but if a landlord tramples on those rights, the only recourse is through the courtroom. Unfortunately, many renters cannot afford to hire a lawyer, and Legal Aid can only handle 18 percent of cases. Furthermore, it can take a year or more for a complaint to work its way through the system.

Did you know that, at this time, any rent increase, by any amount, is legal in Oregon? That there is no limit on the amount of a security deposit? As property values go through the roof in Portland, so do rents. This is a citywide problem that has received much coverage in local media.

Rent Stability leads to –> Housing Security, which creates –> Better Neighbors

What to do something? Here’s Portland Tenant Union’s “Quick List”

Other resources:
Renters Rights Hotline: 503-288-0130
Community Alliance of Tenants: http://oregoncat.org/
Legal Aid: 503-224-4086