City Hall Update: Strip club to become affordable housing
Mayor Ted Wheeler announced last Thursday that the first new project financed by affordable housing bond funds will be built on the site of the former Safari Showclub at 3000 S.E. Powell Blvd. Portland voters approved the $258.4 million measure at the November 2018 general election.
The Portland Housing Bureau bought the 50,000-square-foot parcel in September with short-term rental funds. Although the exact size and cost of the project have yet to be determined, construction is expected to begin in early 2019.
"The bond gives us the resources to build and preserve an additional 1,300 units of affordable housing in Portland," Wheeler said. "Our strategic framework focuses on creating housing opportunities for families and individuals impacted by racism, housing discrimination, homelessness and displacement."
City: When in doubt, trash it
Following China's announcement that it will no longer buy contaminated recyclable materials from America, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability reminded Portlanders what can and cannot be recycled — and urged them to throw away anything they are unsure of.
In a posting on its website, BPS said the following common items cannot be recycled: plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, coffee cups/lids/pods, rigid plastics including "clamshells," plastic containers under 6 ounces, prescription medicine bottles, latex gloves, disposable utensils, produce baskets, plastic lids and caps, plastic bottles that have come in contact with motor oil, pesticides and herbicide bottles, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, other reusable dishware, freezer and refrigerator boxes, hardback books, light bulbs, drinking glasses, flower vases, ceramics, broken glass.
Museum pavilion approved
The City Council on Wednesday voted 3-1 to approve a controversial plan by the Portland Art Museum to build a three-story glass pavilion across a public space between the two buildings it owns on the South Park Blocks.
Although the museum says the public will still be able to pass between the buildings for free most hours, many people testified against the plan during a three-and-a-half hour hearing the week before.
Museum officials said the $50 million project named for abstract artist Mark Rothko will create a new entrance and improve accessibility by connecting the museum's two buildings across multiple levels.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted no and Commissioner Dan Saltzman was absent.