Category Archives: Economic Development

Woodlawn-King Sewer Project by Siobhan O’Leary, City Environmental Services Community Outreach



Woodlawn-King Sewer Project by Sibohan O’Leary, City Environmental Services Community Outreach



City of Portland Environmental Services is designing three large-scale sewer projects in North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods to replace or repair approximately 91,000 feet of public sewer pipes that are on average 90 years old and deteriorating due to age. This is the equivalent of over 17 miles of sewer pipes. The three adjacent project areas will include construction in the Piedmont, Humboldt, Woodlawn and King neighborhoods.

In the Woodlawn and King neighborhoods, the work will include repairing about 61,000 feet (11 miles) of sewer pipes. The sewer repairs will enhance livability by improving sewer and storm water infrastructure, increasing sewer capacity, and reducing the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets. Construction in Woodlawn-King will begin in early 2017 and take about a year to complete.

For more information, including a map of proposed work, please

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Portland combines sewer improvements that replace or repair Portland’s aging sewer pipes with green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds. Learn more

N/NE Community Oversight Committee – October 6th

N/NE Community Oversight Committee:
Next Meeting is October 6th

Tuesday, October 6th from 6pm – 7:45pm

Maranatha Church
4222 NE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

The Community Oversight Committee is a community-based group formed to oversee the Portland Housing Bureau’s work to increase housing opportunity and address issues of displacement in North and Northeast Portland. (Click here for a list of committee members). The committee meets quarterly to hear progress updates on the N/NE initiative. These meetings are open to the public.

This meeting will be an opportunity for more in-depth discussion and public comment on topics of interest from September’s meeting, and to learn about upcoming plans for Interstate funding. You can find Tuesday’s agenda here.

Oversight Committee meetings are open to the public.
Meeting schedules and agendas are posted here.

Community process under way for Natural Grocers project at MLK& Alberta.

Portland Development Commission has issued this announcement about upcoming Vanport working group meetings:

With the late-August announcement that property owned by the Portland Development Commission at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will be the site for Natural Grocers, the community process related to the project is getting under way.

Majestic Realty, with Colas Construction as the primary contractor and Natural Grocers as the anchor tenant, is proposing to construct an urban retail shopping center consisting of approximately 20,000 square feet of gross leasable area in two separate buildings to include commercial/retail lease space for between four to 10 businesses in addition to Natural Grocers, along with approximately 100 parking spaces.

Natural Grocers, a community-centric grocery store that focuses on free nutrition education and healthy food, is a Colorado-based chain with stores in 14 states. The company currently has eight locations in Oregon, including four in the Portland area.

A Project Working Group (PWG) has formed to provide input on building and site design, and to develop a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). The PWG membership represents a diversity of expertise and experience in the community including N/NE small business owners, long-time property owners, business assistance and workforce training providers, area residents, and community members.

PWG meetings are open to the public and meeting details can be found at The first meeting is this coming Monday.

The proposed development will serve North/Northeast Portland neighbors and businesses. It will increase the foot traffic and profitability of nearby businesses, introduce Portlanders to a high-quality, affordable grocer and revitalize a parcel of land that has sat dormant for 15 years.

PDC’s equity policy will apply and construction opportunities will be available for majority/minority joint ventures as well as subcontracting and workforce.

Learn more about Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, with Nan Stark of BPS: multiple upcoming opportunities.

The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) has released a draft of its Comprehensive Plan, which sets the framework for Portland’s development over the next 20 years.

Next Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00 pm, it’s time to roll up our sleeves a bit and dig into the Comp Plan with Nan Stark, our BPS Liaison. Nan will talk about how the proposed draft plan will impact North and Northeast Portland, and will give another tutorial on the Map App, where you can submit comments or concerns.

Nan will also be hosting a series of workshops and drop-in office hours in August and September to answer your Comp Plan questions.

Dates and locations:
Monday, August 25
North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St.)
Drop-in office hours: 4-6 p.m.
Workshop: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27
NECN (4815 NE 7th Ave.)
Land Use and Transportation Committee Meeting
Workshop: 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 4
NECN (4815 NE 7th Ave.)
Drop-in office hours: 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10
Central Northeast Neighbors (4415 NE 87th Ave.)
Workshop: 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 11
Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook St.)
Workshop: 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 15
Alberta Main Street (1722 NE Alberta St.)
Workshop: 7:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Claire at NECN:



“My Walk Has Never Been Average.” – this Saturday, 1 pm.

Join us this Saturday June 7th at 1pm as the August Wilson Red Door Project and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc, present “My Walk Has Never Been Average” followed by a Community Forum held at Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N. Kerby Avenue10300166_811079762243803_8797827115975049220_n North Portland.

Tickets are $10.00 and are available through at (503) 445-6658 or at this link:


The August Wilson Red Door Project and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (headquarted on MLK Boulevard in King) invite you to a staged reading of My Walk Has Never Been Average, written by Roberta Hunte and Bonnie Ratner. My Walk Has Never Been Average is a multi-media presentation adapted for the stage from in-depth, first-person interviews with Black women in all aspects of construction. These stories reveal great inner strength and accomplishment in the face of the multiple oppressions facing Black working-class women in America.

The reading will be followed by a Community Forum on race, gender, work, and the arts as a vehicle for social change. The Community Forum is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.