Update from Reed Board Member, Nadyne Rosin:
Rail Yard Study and Possible Support: There will be a study of the potential relocation of the Albina Rail Yard. The Albina Rail Yard Relocation Project is a long term plan to move the switching needs of the railroad to another location outside of the city center. This could include the Brooklyn Rail Yard as well if the railroad modernizes the entire metropolitan area at once, which has historically been the process in other major cities. This modernization of this 19th century technology would include elevating or trenching the railroad throughout the city, thereby eliminating all crossing conflicts, noise and lowering pollution. To determine the viability of this idea, a $30,000 engineering study would lay the foundation for a preliminary meeting of primary stakeholders.
Mo Badreddine from the Albina Relocation Project and Terry Dublinski-Milton, former SE Uplift Chair, will present this idea and officially ask for SE Uplift funding to help this study. Rail relocation projects in general offer many benefits that extend beyond crossing safety and operations. Possible additional benefits may include:
• Improved environmental air quality resulting from decreased noise and air pollution.
• Improved land use & appearance
• Enhancing public safety- eliminating possible obstructions to emergency vehicles
• Safer routes for hazardous material movements
• Improvements in the railroad’s operational efficiency
• Large parcels of land could open up for redevelopment and park space. The highest concentration of diesel exhaust stems from Brooklyn Yard. Tonnage by truck is expected to double from now-2040 and triple in value. Feel free to reach out to Terry before the meeting if you want more info. The attached document describes the scope of the study.
The SE Uplift board then proceeded to vote for adding Brooklyn Switch yard to the study and would match a Dollar for every two dollars raised.
On April 10, the Reed Neighborhood Board approved donating a sum of $300. SE Uplift will add $150. $7,000 has already been raised.
To view the Albina Rail Yard Relocation study, click the link below:
Albina TO1 Railroad Evaluation SCOPE_FINAL (1) (1)
Reed Neighborhood Meeting, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the Reed Performing Arts Bldg. Room 104
Meet and Greet: 6:30 pm
Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm
First on the agenda will be our annual Reed Neighborhood Board Elections. If you would like to meet neighbors and be involved, please join your neighborhood board!
Also, The Reed Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will introduce newly trained members, discuss the NET’s mission, fill us in on Reed’s current state of preparedness, and how you can become involved.
Greg Bourget, from Portland Clean Air, will talk about current efforts to measure diesel air pollution, and give updates on other clean air efforts across the city.
CORRECTION! I previously posted that we would have a meeting on May 13–this was incorrect! Our next meeting is Wed, April, 10.
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Meet and Greet, 6:30, Meeting, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Reed College Performing Arts Building, Rm 131
6:30: Meet and Greet
7:00: Welcome and Introductions (5 min)
7:05: Create 2019 Schedule and Communications Plan (40 Minutes)
Election (and NET presentation?) May 8
Picnic, August 4
Clean Up ?
Collected Email Addresses
7:45: Review of Minutes/Agenda (5 min)
7:50: Approve last meeting’s Minutes & current meeting’s Agenda (5 min)
7:55: Treasurer’s Report (5 min)
8:00: SE Uplift Report (5 Minutes)
8:05: Land Use Report (10 min)
8:15: Recap of Meeting & Adjourn
Join us at the next Reed Neighborhood Association Meeting! We will discuss our communications budget and plan for 2019. Our goal is to increase attendance to meetings and other events like the picnic, neighborhood cleanup, etc. Let us know if you would like to volunteer your communications skills!
Wednesday, May 13, 2019 | Meet and Greet at 6:30, Meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Reed College Performing Arts Building, Rm 131
March Neighborhood Association Meeting
The City of Portland’s proposal to significantly change the zoning code to increase building density on currently zoned R2.5, R5, and R7 residential lots is now moving through revisions at BDS and City Council. This program will allow construction of 4-plex apartments, triplexs, and duplexes, and provide one or two additional ADU “granny flats” on most residential lots in Portland, as well as, various combinations of single family homes, multi-plexes, and ADUs on one lot. This proposal also significantly alters the existing rules for development standards of height, size, FAR, type, and layout plan of new residential construction. This will affect most of the zoned lots in the Reed Neighborhood.
You can find out more about this, here:
You can see the map app overlay of this, here, and search for any property address:
You can check out some of the project literature from Portland’s BPS, here:
This process continues to go through public comment, legal challenges, and modifications at the city level with expected City Council vote some time this summer. If you are interested in these proposed Land Use changes and Zoning changes, we encourage you to learn more about this and get involved by submitting comment to the City of Portland or checking out some of the other resources on this.
The class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass for air pollution of the surrounding neighborhoods has been settled and is set to finalize April 6, 2019, if not appealed.
About half of the Reed neighborhood is within the Class Area.
Did you own a home or live in this area on February 3, 2016? You may be a member of the Class?
If you lived within the Class Area on Feb 3, 2016, please read the information about this and learn about what rights and settlements are available to you.
Did you incur expenses related to soil testing or air purification at your residence? You may be eligible for payments.
Are you interested to have your soil tested for heavy metal contamination and you live in the Class Area? There is money from the settlement available for this.
As part of the settlement, long term air monitoring of this area will be conducted and the results available to the public, and posted to the website. This information will also include air monitoring for toxic diesel air pollution.
Neighborhood coalition groups seek to strengthen and speed up City and County proposed resolution on Clean Air Construction Standards. City and county are seeking input from the public, now.
City of Portland is proposing new updates to the zoning code for housing density including updates to the zoning overlay “a” map. City of Portland is currently accepting comments on this plan through the end of the year 2018.
PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) plans to update the speed limit on SE Steele between 28th and 52nd. The speed limit will drop from 30 mph to 25 mph. Signage will be updated in the next few weeks.
Learn more about PBOT projects