Archive for December, 2010

Washington High School Community Center Status Meeting, January 17th

December 20, 2010

We received an e-mail from Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong with Portland Parks and Recreation on December 17th about an upcoming community meeting to discuss the status of the Washington High School community center effort. The text of the e-mail is below:

 

Dear Community Center Supporters,

Please join us to disucss the most recent developments in the creation of a community center in Inner Southeast Portland.

The Project Manager will discuss the project report (available online after January 7th), discuss and reveiw options and refine the location of the drop-off and entrance.

The meeting will be:

Monday, January 17th
6:00 – 8:00 PM
location tbd….

Childcare is available – please request childcare no later than January 10th.

Stay Tuned…

E-

Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong
Community Engagement and Public Involvement Manager
Portland Parks and Recreation
(503) 823-5113

Please note – my email address is now –
elizabeth.kennedy-wong@portlandoregon.gov

 

We’ll post further details when we get them.

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Activity on the Washington High School Front

December 17, 2010

Portland Public Schools is talking to developers about Washington High School:

After a plan to redevelop Washington High School into a community center for Portland Parks and Recreation failed to pencil out earlier this year, the school district in November issued a Request for Information from developers interested in reusing the structure, according to Kerry Hampton, property development manager for Portland Public Schools.

Via the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Gun Turn-in: Saturday, December 18th

December 17, 2010

(Information provided by Mary Tompkins, Crime Prevention Coordinator)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The City of Portland is partnering with the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation to host a Gun Turn-In event on December 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum in the North Benton Parking Lot. All guns, operable or inoperable, will be accepted with no questions asked.

The event will provide an opportunity for those in possession of unwanted guns to dispose of those firearms. In a letter of support, District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk confirms that anyone “who voluntarily and peaceably delivers and abandons a firearm to a sworn law enforcement officer” will not be prosecuted.  “Gun turn-ins are happening in communities across the country, and are a safe, anonymous way for people to dispose of unwanted guns,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Participants will receive a $50 Fred Meyer gift certificate per working gun (limit of three working guns to receive three gift certificates) and a $5 Burgerville gift certificate for each non-working gun, BB or pellet gun. The turn-in will help raise awareness of the responsibilities and risks of gun ownership, including the importance of safe storage.

“Many casual gun owners – those who are not strongly attached to their firearms for ideological or other reasons – will relinquish them when offered something of equal or greater value,” said Shawn Alford, President of the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation. “This has extraordinary implications when you consider that the first and fifth leading causes of injury deaths in Oregon are suicide and homicide, and, in both instances, more than 50 percent of the deaths are caused by firearms.”

With the exception of 2009, Ceasefire Oregon has facilitated gun turn-ins every year since 1994, collecting a total of more than 7,000 guns.

“Gun turn-in programs allow for individuals to dispose of unwanted guns with no questions asked,” said Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. “Disposing of these guns reduces the likelihood they will end up in the wrong hands — such as criminals or youth — and used for a violent and illegal act.”

For more information, contact Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation at 503-220-1669.

Liquor License Application: Dig A Pony

December 8, 2010

On Monday, December 6th, the BCA received notice of a liquor license application for an establishment in the Buckman neighborhood. Any comments or concerns with this application can be forwarded to Theresa Marchetti at Theresa.Marchetti(at)ci.portland.or.us or at (503) 823-3092, by January 6th, 2011.

Establishment: Dig A Pony

License Type: Applied under new ownership for a Full On premises sales license (which allows the sale of liquor, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the premises).

Address: 736 SE Grand Avenue

Seating capacity: 90 (24 outside included)

Entertainment: Recorded Music, Live Music, DJ Music

Menu: NW Cuisine

Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 4pm – 2:30am

Getting Creative with Fire Station No. 7

December 3, 2010

Interesting article on the recently renovated Fire Station No. 7 at SE 11th Avenue & Stark:

The adjacent shop addition was completely revamped to become the new headquarters for Bremik Construction, while the original Fire Station has become home to a variety of companies, including a salon, a research and development group, a marketing company, and a designer of smart phones apps.

“There’s an authenticity of the history that’s also been reinvented too,” Emerick said. “I think that’s an appealing combination. And southeast is a hotbed of creativity. It seems a lot of the artists and the providers for the building trades have moved over. It’s funny: people look to places like South Waterfront for growth, but the Central Eastside is what’s interesting to me.  Part of the transformation is being driven by the changes in the industry itself. It’s still an industrial sanctuary, but most heavy industry isn’t able to use that kind of property effectively. Many of them have moved out to the ‘burbs. The B&O warehouse was full of artists working there without heat even before they renovated it.”

via Portland Architecture.

Liquor License Application: Rum Club

December 2, 2010

On Thursday, December 2nd, the BCA received notice of a liquor license application for an establishment in the Buckman neighborhood. Any comments or concerns with this application can be forwarded to Theresa Marchetti at Theresa.Marchetti(at)ci.portland.or.us or at (503) 823-3092, by January 2nd, 2011.

Establishment: Rum Club

License Type: Applied under new ownership for a Full On-premises sales license (which allows the sale of liquor, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the premises).

Address: 720 SE Sandy Blvd

Seating capacity: 51 (12 outside included)

Entertainment: Recorded music

Menu: American contemporary

Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 4pm – 2am