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Land-banking and a panel discussion are planned for the Jan. 16 event at the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A Keep the Southwest Corridor Affordable meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 - 8 p.m., at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road.A "Keep the Southwest Corridor Affordable" meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 - 8 p.m., at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road.

Discussion items will include land-banking and how it could help future affordable housing and small businesses along the proposed 12-mile light rail route from the Portland Transit Mall near Portland State University to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin.

The meeting is being sponsored by Proud Ground, Unite Oregon and the City of Tigard. Lauren Scott, community engagement coordinator for the City of Tigard, said officials from Tigard, the City of Portland, Washington Country, Metro and TriMet have been invited to the event.

Those who have confirmed they will attend include Tigard Mayor Jason Snider, Tigard City Councilor Tom Anderson, Washington County Board Chairwoman Kathryn Harrington and Dave Unsworth, Trimet's director of capital projects.

Scott said the gathering is the first time all the respective groups have come together to discuss issues along the corridor.

The first half of the meeting will address commercial and small businesses concerns as well as affordable rental properties and affordable home ownership along the route. The second half will be a panel discussion by officials regarding plans on how to keep portions of the Southwest Corridor affordable and strategies on what cities are doing to accomplish those goals.


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