Tag Archives: Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

King Graffiti Cleanup Saturday Morning, 7/23

The time is here! Meet us at 9:00 am for coffee and doughnuts at 4815 NE 7th and let’s put a dent in the surfeit of graffiti in our neighborhood. If we have enough volunteers, we can cover all of our surveyed areas on MLK, Alberta, and Killingsworth. The cleanup runs until 1:00 but feel free to take part for as long as you can. If you come a little late, that’s okay too.

EV Charging Station Opens on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

From PDC:

On Wednesday, June 8, at noon, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) will unveil a new electric vehicle charging station and solar canopy on a PDC-owned parking lot at 3620 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The grid-tied solar canopy, one of only two of its kind in Portland, was constructed by EV4 Oregon, which markets it as an Energy Transfer Merchant (ETM™); it is owned by Lease It Inc. The canopy was built locally, using photovoltaic panels manufactured by Hillsboro-based SolarWorld, and is available from North Coast Electric in Portland.

The canopy has two Ecotality Blink Level-2 publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations available for community use, with the capacity to fully charge six electric vehicles per day. The Blink commercial locations form a critical component of the charging public infrastructure to be developed by Ecotality as project manager of the EV Project.

“This project exemplifies innovative work that creates local green jobs and at the same time, enhances the community and reinforces our support for neighborhood economic development (pdf),” said Mayor Sam Adams. “It joins nearby businesses Yeebo and Conexiones, recent PDC clients, in demonstrating our ongoing commitment to neighborhood investment.”

William P. Emberlin, president of Lease-It Inc., expressed his enthusiasm to be a part of the progressive move toward renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest. “This solar canopy/charging station makes an important contribution to reduced oil consumption without adding additional stress to the electrical grid,” he said. “As a local business person I consider ownership of an ETM™ a good investment, and I hope to add more locations throughout Oregon and Washington.”

The installation represents the continued deployment of the charging station infrastructure necessary to support the continued roll out of electric vehicles. The charging station will be able to service cars such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF and a variety of electric vehicles under development by Drive Oregon companies.

For further information on Portland’s progressive EV strategy, please visit the city’s electric vehicle website, Chargeportland.com, powered by PDC.

New Subsidized Housing for Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

According to the Portland Tribune, a new housing project will break ground next year just south of the King Neighborhood on NE Cook and Martin Luther King. The development will feature ground floor retail, LEED certification, and serve residents earning 30, 50, and 60 percent of median area income.

New Dance Club Proposed for MLK/Alberta

We have received a liquor license application for a Restaurant in the KING neighborhood area and would like to know if you are aware of any concerns. ROGER RUMBA PRODUCTIONS located at 4911 NE MLK JR BLVD has 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). The contact for this application is ROGER MONTOYA – (503) 314-2639.
Following is the information captured on the business information form:
Seating capacity – 84
If you are aware of any existing problems or concerns at this location, please notify Theresa Marchetti (Theresa.Marchetti@ci.portland.or.us) or at (503) 823-3092, by MAY 15, 2010. If you have concerns regarding this license, please list the concerns in writing and remember they must be related to crime, alcohol, alcohol related behavior or drugs. Traffic, Parking and Trash are not considered during the licensing process at OLCC. Please let Theresa Marchetti know if you have any questions.


Bike Boulevard Improvements at Going/Martin Luther King Jr.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is beginning work on Northeast Going Street at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to construct intersection improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. The project will consist of extending the median barrier on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and two striped crosswalks where there are higher traffic speeds and traffic volumes on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and pedestrians and cyclists have difficulty crossing the
street. No parking removal is necessary to accommodate the median island on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. In addition, auto traffic will be regulated to right turns at this intersection only.

The project is scheduled to start in late March dependent on weather and construction crew availability. Construction of the intersection improvements should be completed relatively quickly within about a week and a half. This location was identified as a location where cyclists and pedestrians may have trouble navigating and crossing the busy intersection. This improvement will shorten the distance pedestrians and cyclists are exposed to traffic and will increase the visibility of pedestrians and cyclists to motorists and to each other. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to make a two stage crossing, with the benefit of a concrete refuge to wait for traffic to clear for a safer crossing. The project team has visited neighborhood associations after holding two initial public meetings to get feedback from neighborhood residents on North and Northeast Going Street so that feedback and neighborhood input could be incorporated into the proposal. Access will be maintained in the area during all construction phases. Some road access will be limited while work is occurring in the street but access will be maintained through the duration of the construction. No complete road closure is anticipated.

The Bureau of Transportation is sensitive to the use of this connection in the neighborhood and will endeavor to complete the work as quickly as possible to minimize the inconvenience these improvements may cause.