New landscaping at former Dairy Queen site: Construction has begun on what will be a new Chase Bank on the lot at S.E. Tolman and Milwaukie Avenue where the Dairy Queen used to be. Seeing some tree removal underway, a disappointed reader contacted THE BEE on June 11. We contacted David Schoellhamer, Chair of the SMILE Land Use Committee, for details of what's been authorized there, and he quoted the city permit: "They are putting in a ten-foot-wide landscape buffer along the east property line, and preserving five trees. 'The applicant has taken steps to increase the functionality of the site, and bring some elements into conformance with current standards, such as the 10-foot, L3 high-screen landscape buffer along the east side of the site, adjacent to a residential site; new perimeter parking lot landscaping along the west property line; and more robust landscaping along the north property line. . . The landscaping on the site will be significantly increased over current conditions, and will exceed the minimum 15 percent of landscaped area. The proposal will plant ten medium trees and one large tree, in addition to retaining five existing trees along the east property line. The large tree, a London Planetree, will be planted on the new landscape bed just north of the curb cut on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, providing shade and softening of both the parking area and the stacking lane'."Windermere Real Estate Donates $690,000 to local food banks: Inspired by a matching donation of up to $250,000 from the Windermere Foundation, the Windermere Real Estate offices in 10 states – including prominent efforts from the Inner Southeast "Windermere Moreland" office on S.E. Bybee Boulevard – recently raised $690,000 for food banks in their communities, exceeding the original goal of the fundraising challenge of $500,000. The company reported, "The emergency fundraising campaign was accomplished in just 13 days in response to a drastic increase in the need for food assistance nationwide, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic."
Venture Portland backs off – a bit: We reported last issue that "Venture Portland", a business-association-supporting nonprofit overseen by the City of Portland and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, had decided to dismiss its Board of Directors, composed of representatives of the member Portland Business Associations. The WCBA delegate to Venture Portland, Stacey Lennon, reported at the June WCBA virtual meeting that there had been an unofficial meeting of many of those disenfranchised former Venture Portland Board Members to discuss this, with the Hawthorne Business Association taking the lead and meeting with Venture Portland. As a result, Venture Portland has reinstated all its Board Members for another year, and Board Meetings will now take place monthly, instead of quarterly, to make it more of a working Board. However, Venture Portland still intends that its new Executive Committee should constitute the organization's overall leadership – and it wants its meetings to be private, in violation of the Venture Portland bylaws. "So there are still issues," she said.
Asia Alvarez Zeller
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