City Hall Update: Supportive housing pilot projects approved
Seventy-eight units of supportive housing will be created in two new affordable housing projects through a $12 million pilot program funded by Portland, Multnomah County and the state of Oregon. Ongoing services will cost around $350,000 per year.
Supportive housing combines affordable units with mental health and other services to help keep the chronically homeless permanently housed. Forty of the units will be in the Division Street Apartments, proposed by Central City Concern and Related Northwest, and 38 of the units will be in Findley Commons, proposed by Do Good Multnomah, HomeFirst Development and St. Marks Lutheran Church. Twenty more conventional affordable units also will be built in the two projects, for a total of 98 units.
Eastbank Esplanade to close for repairs
The Eastbank Esplanade between the Steel Bridge and the Hawthorne Bridge will be closed for repairs between Feb. 1 and April 1.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will open the protected Better Naito bike and pedestrian path on the west side of Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park between the two bridges on Monday, Jan. 28.
Esplanade repairs will include replacing degraded surfaces and amenities, installing new and improved lights, removing graffiti and trash, power-washing hard surfaces and repairing irrigation, removing dead trees and invasive plant species, planting native plants, and restoring art installations.
The work will be done by Portland Parks & Recreation, PBOT, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Development permits move online
At his Jan. 17 news conference, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that the online permit application system now is operational at the Bureau of Development Services.
Wheeler said 12 permits are being processed by the online system, which is intended to replace the slow method of physically carrying paper applications between the various city bureaus needed to approve development projects.
According to Wheeler, Development Services also is accepting electronic payments for permit applications instead of just checks, which had been required in the past.
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