Hope still remains for creating 'Moreland Woods'
After it seemed that Foundation Partners, the new owner of Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, would be using all of the undeveloped lot they own directly north of their mausoleum – for parking, and cemetery plots – it appears there is a change of plans.
This information was revealed at the end of the October 2 Sellwood Moreland Improvement League General Meeting, by Portland Memorial's Land Use Planning Consultant, Read Stapleton of DOWL.
Wilhelm's has already sold their south parking lot, bordering S.E. Bybee Boulevard along 14th Avenue – the current but temporary location of the Moreland Farmers Market. The sale to a property developer took place two years ago; and now the funeral home is considering selling the city-block size parking lot north of that one as well.
Stapleton said the land owners propose provide a smaller parking lot, but one they feels meets their needs, by removing five trees, for a parking area in the southern "Moreland Woods" property just north of the mausoleum. The result would be an east-west-oriented parking lot with 26 spaces.
However, Stapleton informed those at the meeting that the company no longer plans to create a cemetery on the northern portion of that property, and that section will remain for sale.
With the unused portion of the lot available for purchase, this means that much of "Moreland Woods," as organizers have hoped, may still be available for acquisition as a public park – If they are able to raise the funds to buy it in timely fashion.
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