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City Hall Update: Police crack down on camping in retail core
Police are increasing patrols and enforcing the city's no-camping ban in the retail core following a meeting Nov. 21 between business owners and Portland and Multnomah County leaders.
The invitation-only meeting at City Hall was held in response to growing complaints from business owners that aggressive homeless people are scaring employees and driving away customers. Among those in attendance were Mayor Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw and Marc Jolin, director of the city/county Joint Office of Homeless Services.
The increased patrols could be expanded to the Lloyd District and other retail areas if they are successful.
Affordable housing in wooden high-rise
The Portland Housing Bureau has awarded $6 million for 60 units of affordable housing to be included in the Framework building currently under construction at 430 N.W. 10th Ave.
The award came through the bureau's Fast Starts program, which is designed to get shovel-ready affordable housing units built as quickly as possible. The rental units will be priced so that households earning 60 percent of the area's median income pay no more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing.
Framework is being developed by project^ in partnership with Home Forward, and designed by LEVER Architecture, on land currently owned by Beneficial State Bancorp. The building is the first high-rise in the nation made largely from wood.
Off-road bike plan released
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released a discussion draft of the controversial Off-road Cycling Master Plan for public comment before final recommendations are forwarded to the City Council in 2018.
The plan is meant to increase off-road and single-track cycling opportunities for mountain bikers, but critics say new proposed trails will hurt habitat, especially in Forest Park.
Local wildlife biologist Marcy Houle is a prominent critic, saying that in Forest Park, the plan violates special Forest Park Natural Resources Management plan protections. The city says it won't be violating the plan with its approach to developing new trails.
There is an online open house to learn more about the master plan, and people can comment through an interactive map, an online form or in person through Dec. 31. Find out more: portlandmaps.com/bps/offroadcycling/