City Hall Update: City beating deadline on promised affordable housing projects
Portland is ahead of schedule on its affordable housing bond commitments, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday.
The City Council promised to create or preserve 1,300 units of affordable housing by 2023 with the $258.4 million approved by voters at the November 2016 election. Wheeler says that four projects totaling at least 564 units already have been purchased or are being planned.
Those projects are the 263-unit Ellington Apartments in Northeast Portland purchased in February 2018; a 200-unit project planned on property at 3000 S.E. Powell purchased in February 2018; a 51-unit apartment building at Southeast 105th Avenue and Burnside Street purchased in June 2018; and at least 50 units being planned for a parcel in the Cully neighborhood purchased in July 2018.
Infill work sessions set
The Planning and Sustainability Commission has scheduled two more work sessions on the draft recommendations of the Residential Infill Project, which would limit the size of new homes and allow smaller multifamily housing projects in many single-family neighborhoods, among other things.
Although the City Council originally was set to receive and act on the final recommendation by the end of the year, the deadline has been delayed until March 2019, at the earliest.
In the meantime, the PSC will discuss the recommendations again at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Both sessions will be held at 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., Portland.
You can learn more at www.tinyurl.com/ybqfdezz.
Bike contest winners displayed at City Hall
The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced the winners of its annual Bike to Books Coloring Contest last Tuesday. The contest was open to students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. The winning entries are on display at City Hall until Aug. 24.
The first-place winning art will be installed on four bike lanes by the PBOT striping crews later this summer. Second-place winners received four full-day passes to the Lumberyard Bike Park, including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed, and third-place winners won a bike helmet of their choice from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets.
Approximately 450 entries were submitted from students across Multnomah County. You also can see the winners at www.tinyurl.com/y7euurcr.