Saturday, August 16, 2014

BWNA Demolition/Development Resolution

(approved at Special Board Meeting on July 7, 2014)

Whereas, the preservation of a neighborhood’s historical heritage and architectural character are of prime concern to residents; and

Whereas, access to affordable housing is a citywide objective; and

Whereas, city building code regulations as currently stated do not address the preservation of architectural character or protection of existing affordable homes;  

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association supports the following action plan:

1.) revision of the building code to limit the size, lot coverage,setbacks, height, and floor area ratio of house construction to that of the average of existing homes within 200 feet.

2.) revision of building code to incorporate the requirement that local residents be        notified of proposed demolitions 45 days in advance of applying for a building permit   

3.) imposing of a moratorium on home demolitions or major remodels prior to code revision implementation

4.) encouraging the signing of a (non-binding) “Neighbor Pledge by homeowners to not allow their home to be sold to developers for demolition
       
5.) collaborating with other neighborhood associations in the drafting and presentation of a joint action plan to the Mayor and City Commissioners to address demolition/development concerns



6.) collaboration between neighborhood associations and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in recommending specific changes to the zoning code with respect to demolition/development concerns as part of a Comprehensive Plan update.
Neighbor Pledge



One of Portland’s greatest treasures is the distinct character of its neighborhoods. Few cities offer such diversity of homes for all tastes.

However, older affordable homes in neighborhoods well-served by established city infrastructure such as schools and transportation increasingly are demolished and replaced, often with houses many times the size of the original and sold for twice the value. New construction should not tower above existing homes, impinge on neighbors’ privacy, or limit others’ access to light or solar power.

City planners and city government have failed to protect the character and range of affordability of homes in the city’s neighborhoods. A city that prides itself on its commitment to sustainable practices and the environment has done little to stem the tide of demolitions. Homes are torn down with little regard to quality of materials and craftsmanship. As local preservationist Cathy Galbraith says, We try to recycle everything in Portland, yet throw whole houses away.

The stakes are high, and neighborhoods are at risk. Homeowners have the power to change this destructive trend. Even if homes are in need of maintenance or a remodel, many potential buyers would embrace the chance to buy into the neighborhood and restore a piece of Portland’s “first-growth architecture.” Demolition, on the other hand, removes a more affordable home, usually built of higher-quality materials, from the neighborhood forever.

With this pledge, homeowners show support for the history and value of such character architecture by envisioning a future for their homes, and providing criteria for potential buyers. If the number of sales to builders can be slowed, so can the wave of demolitions, and developers will be motivated to take advantage of vacant lots within the urban growth boundary instead of tearing down unique housing that’s stood for generations.

Even though the homeowner may be selling his or her home, no one else has more power in the face of that transaction to protect that home—and the neighborhood—for generations to come.

PLEDGE
If I sell my home, I will seek buyers committed to preservation. In addition:

• I will notify neighbors of my intent to sell before looking for a seller or listing my home.
• If I sign with a real estate agent, the agent also will be asked to honor this pledge.
• I will ask prospective buyers about plans to remodel or add to the home.
• I will not sell to a buyer who plans to increase the height or footprint of the home if I feel it adversely affects the character or livability of the neighborhood.
• I will sign and attach this pledge to my will if I have one, as a statement to my heirs of my preferences for the disposition of my home.

Signed: _________________________________________________Date: _______________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________


Demolition/Development Survey Questions
Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association
July, 2014

House demolitions, replacements, and infill are increasing trends in Portland neighborhoods. As a coalition of neighborhood associations we seek your opinions about this trend. Please complete this short questionnaire. We will let your coalition of neighborhood associations know the results of this survey. THANK YOU.

1)    Demolition of houses and replacement with new houses is a good trend for our neighborhood. (Choose one answer.)
a.    Strongly agree.
b.    Agree.
c.    Disagree.
d.    Strongly disagree.

2)     Demolition and replacement of houses is GOOD for our neighborhood because: (Choose none, some or all options).
a.    Removes houses in disrepair. 
b.    Builds more energy efficient houses, though most replacement houses are much larger.
c.    Increases the value of houses in our neighborhood.
d.    Creates jobs in our area.
e.    Enlarges the property tax base for the City of Portland.
f.      Other (please describe) ________________


3)     Demolition and replacement of houses is BAD for our neighborhood because: (Choose none, some, or all options).
a.    Wastes energy and material resources.
b.    Destroys good buildings.
c.    Prices first time buyers out of our neighborhood market.
d.    Destroys the character of established neighborhoods.
e.    Demolition process affects the health of immediate neighbors.
f.      Other (please describe) _______________

4)    Should there be any change in current City of Portland policy/code regarding demolition and replacement of houses?
a.    Yes (See question 5)
b.    No (Skip to question 6)

5)    If you agree that City of Portland policies should be changed to limit house demolitions and replacements, what changes in City code do you support? (Choose none, some, or all options).
a.    Automatic 120-day delay of all house demolitions.
b.    Neighborhood notification of proposed demolitions and replacements.
c.    Neighborhood review of proposed demolitions and replacements.
d.    Establish new code regulations such as: increased set backs, restrict height of new houses to correspond to surrounding houses, limit footprint of new houses to correspond to the neighborhood.
e.    Substantially increase landfill fees and permit costs to economically discourage demolitions and replacements.
f.      Other (please describe) _____________________

6)    What area of the City do you live in?
a.    North Portland
b.    Northeast Portland
c.    Southeast Portland
d.    Northwest Portland
e.    Southwest Portland


7)    How long have you lived in your neighborhood?
a.    More than 30 years
b.    20-30 years
c.    10-19 years
d.    5-9 years
e.    0-4 years

      8.) Do you have any other comments about demolition/development in

           your neighborhood?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Julianne Johnson and Michael Allen Harrison Headline
L’Arche Portland’s 4th Annual Benefit Concert
October 18, 2014
Portland, OR, – L’Arche Portland announced today it will host its fourth annual benefit concert featuring renowned Northwest artists Julianne Johnson and Michael Allen Harrison. The concert, on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Madeleine Parish at 3123 NE 24th Avenue, will directly support L’Arche Portland’s work of creating home and building community for people with and without intellectual disabilities. The concert will celebrate L’Arche International’s 50th Anniversary, joining festivities in 146 communities around the world to honor this golden “Jubilee.”
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event will also feature a raffle for a 7-day stay at a condo in Las Vegas, including airfare.
The concert will showcase a new song by Johnson in honor of the 50th Anniversary of L’Arche, as well as guest performances by the Portland Community College choir Voices of Soul.
 
 
About the Artists
Julianne R. Johnson has astonished Northwest audiences for more than 25 years. This past year Johnson continued to amaze with her performance in “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” reprising the role she played on the national tour. She performs a wide range of musical genres including jazz, R & B, Motown, Broadway, Gospel and Blues. What sets Johnson apart is not only her enormous talent, but also her ability to connect deeply with her audience.
Michael Allen Harrison touches his audience with his passionate renderings of jazz and classical piano. Harrison is the founder of the Snowman Foundation, which has raised more than two million dollars for music education.
About L’Arche
The Portland L’Arche community is a part of an international federation, with 146 communities in 35 countries, L’Arche International, founded in 1964 in France, is a global leader in engaging, honoring, and celebrating people with intellectual disabilities. L’Arche differs from conventional group homes in that caregivers live as family with adults with intellectual disabilities. The community creates a culture of equality, founded on a belief in the unique value of every person and our need for one another.
There are many ways to support the work of L’Arche Portland – purchase tickets and attend the annual benefit concert; make a financial contribution; provide an in-kind donation (please see online Wish List); invite a member of the Speakers Bureau to present at your community group, church or school; volunteer. For more information, please visit www.larche-portland.org or call L’Arche Portland at 503.251.6901.
Contacts: Tamara Yates, Director of Development and Communications, L’Arche-Portland
Sean Ducey, Event Coordinator, L’Arche-Portland
971.303.8239 | seand@larche-portland.org
 
Jaime Smith

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Makers’ Faire
behind the scenes on 42nd Ave
Saturday, August 23rd
12:00 – 6:00 pm

We invite you to participate in our 5th annual 42nd Avenue signature event - our Makers’ Faire. This event conveys the economic diversity of our Avenue and is designed to bring vitality to our business district while giving our greater community a place to gather and buy each other’s wares. To be a vendor, complete the information below and include a check made payable to the 42nd Avenue Business Association.

Send the application and check to

42nd Avenue Makers’ Faire Vendor
C/O Myo DeMayo
4650 NE Simpson St.
Portland, OR 97218.


If you have any questions, please email Myo at cullyfarmersmarket@gmail.com
     Vendor Registration Form

Business Name:

Vendor Name:  

Email Address:

Phone:

Describe what you make and will be selling:




NOTE: All items must be handmade. No mass-produced or imports allowed.

Describe what activity/demonstration you will use to engage participants in your booth:



Fee Structure:

42nd Avenue Business Association Members                                       $0

Businesses off the Avenue                                                               $60

Neighborhood Makers                                                           $50

Neighborhood Makers who demonstrate how to make products or services              $25

Non-profits community beneficial organizations                                $40 (sliding scale)












WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY

As a vendor, I understand that this waiver of liability must be signed in order for me to participate in the 42nd Avenue Street Fair. I understand and acknowledge that my services will be provided only at the booth site assigned to me and may consist of all or some of the following Vending Services: arts & crafts sales, food vending, garage sales, not for profit fundraising activities. I understand that in order to receive a booth site(s), I must assume all responsibility and risk associated with all conditions, hazards and potential dangers in, on or about a site, whether they are open and obvious or concealed. I hereby RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND WAIVE, any claims, actions or suits of any character, name and description, that I may have against the 42nd Avenue Street Fair, the Fair coordinator, and its planning committee, agents and employees and owners/lessees of a booth’s site, as a result of any injuries, damages or death received or sustained by me in connection with the Vendor Services performed on, in or while I
am participating in any 42nd Avenue Street Fair activities. I hereby agree to INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS, 42nd Avenue Street Fair, the Fair coordinator, its planning committee, officers, agents and employees and owners/lessees of a booth’s site, from and against any and all liabilities, losses, claims, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees), damages, obligation, judgments or deficiencies of every kind and description, contingent or otherwise, resulting from or arising out of any of my acts or failure to act in connection with my services provided during the 42nd Avenue Street Fair activities.



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Signature (date)


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If under 18, signature of representative (date)