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City Hall Update: Old Town to get next affordable housing bond project
The Portland Housing Bureau has announced the next affordable housing bond project will be the redevelopment of the Westwind Apartments at Northwest Sixth Avenue and Flanders Street.
The Old Town building currently provides 70 units of single-room occupancy (SRO) housing to extremely low income and vulnerable tenants. It will be demolished and replaced with a new supportive housing apartment building that will include services for its residents.
The cost of the project is estimated at $24 million. The purchase price is $3 million, which will be paid for out of Downtown Waterfront Urban Renewal Area funds. Subsequent redevelopment costs are estimated at $21 million. Multnomah County has committed $4 million to the project.
Rains call attention to storm drains
Portlanders got a reminder to be prepared for emergencies last Wednesday when a rainstorm passed over the city. Uncleared storm drains caused flooding in several neighborhoods, including Laurelhurst, where several intersections were inundated with water.
Although the storm water sewer system is maintained by the Bureau of Environmental Services, it does not have nearly enough employees to clear the drains along city streets from leaves and other debris when the rainy season approaches. Nearby residents are encouraged to clear drains they see are blocked, especially when rain starts falling.
In a related matter, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will stop charging fees for leaf collections, according to a recent report from the Portland Mercury.
Wheeler appoints oversight committee members
Mayor Ted Wheeler announced his 13 appointees to the newly created Portland Committee for Community-Engaged Policing last Tuesday. They include two high school students.
The PCCEP created the committee on Sept. 5 to replace the disbanded Community Oversight Advisory Board. Such a citizen body is required by the city's settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over complaints of the police historically using excessive force against minorities. It will monitor progress made by the city toward reforms required by the settlement.
This is about more than the Settlement Agreement: The PCCEP represents a unique and important opportunity to improve the community's relationship with the Portland Police Bureau," Wheeler says. You can learn more at: tinyurl.com/y93hhdlr.
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