City Hall Update: City Council gives marijuana-related businesses a break
The City Council lowered licensing and other fees for marijuana-related businesses in Portland last Wednesday, including providing financial incentives for small companies that are partly owned by or employ a percentage of people previously convicted of marijuana-related crimes.
The changes were submitted by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the Office of Community and Civic Life, which manages the city's role with marijuana-related businesses.
"Though Oregon voted to legalize cannabis in 2014, cannabis prohibition still negatively impacts individuals and entire communities today," Eudaly was quoted as saying in a news release.
Filtration project manager chosen
The Portland Water Bureau has picked a California company to manage the project to build the filtration plant approved by the City Council to remove contaminants from Bull Run water.
Portland must build the plant by 2027 under a compliance schedule with the Oregon Health Authority. The management contract with Brown and Caldwell approved by the council on Aug. 29 is not to exceed around $68 million. The total project currently is estimated at $500 million.
The council approved construction of the plant after the potentially harmful cryptosporidium parasite repeatedly was found in water in the Bull Run Watershed, the primary source of the city's drinking water.
Historic preservation project moves forward
The Historic Landmark Commission approved a project on Sept. 24 to preserve and expand the historic Buck-Prager Building as a 148-unit affordable housing project.
The building at 1727 N.W. Hoyt St. was built in 1918 as a maternity hospital. It had been proposed for demolition but now is scheduled to be redeveloped by Northwest Housing Alternatives for seniors and low-wage workers.
Some area residents oppose the project as too large and the Northwest District Association now is deciding whether to appeal the approval to the City Council.