Burger Barn preservation efforts continue: Community Unity Resource Building (CURB) plans in the works.

Helen Silvis of The Skanner has an update on Teressa Raiford’s activity to save the long-standing building at 3962 NE MLK from demolition, and keeping it active as a true resource for the community.

“A corner lot on Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard at Shaver St. is on track to become a soul food cart court and an education center where youth can learn about Black History.”

Teressa has been working to complete a plan for the building’s future as a community hub:

[T]he building is set to be renovated and renamed the Community Unity Resource Building. Under the guidance of Maija Anderson, head of historic collections and archives at OHSU, the building will house an archive of the site project as an example of historic preservation.

Soul food – Christopher’s specialty in the building’s most recent commercial use – will be part of the project:

The vision is to install a green, sustainable soul food cart court next to the Community Unity Resource Building. Livermore architects have volunteered to work on the design, which will include shrubs and greenery to shield the eating and meeting area from busy Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Thrill the World approaches; will Local set aside whiskey soup for an afternoon and join us?

Thrill the World Portland is coming, and I stopped in at Local Lounge this weekend to gossip with Fawn and invite the patrons of Local to join us at TTW-Portland. It’s a dry event, so Local yokels will need to set aside beers and zombie up for the afternoon.

Meanwhile, at Local…

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Keep up with Local events here; DJ Solo’s Afro-beat events at Local and Sengatera are listed here. Local is NE Portland’s queer+ bar, at 3536 NE MLK.

PCRI hosts Comp Plan public discussion on Thursday.

On October 8, 2014, PCRI will host a community meeting for residents and community members. The community meeting will share information about updates to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan and its potential impacts for residents and the community. Admission is free and registration is not required.

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland

Comprehensive Plan updates can also be found on the City of Portland Website, along with scheduled public hearings. For more information about the PCRI-hosted meeting, please call PCRI at (503) 288-2923.

PCRI is HQ’ed at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Coming to Lightbox Kulturhaus: Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop.

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Fashion: Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop

Date: Friday, September 26 thru Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 5 2014

Time: Friday: 1pm to 6pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 11am – 6pm

The Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop Comes to Portland – for Two Weekends!

Saint Harridan, designer and retailer of masculine clothing and accessories for women and transmen, is bringing it’s national Pop-Up Shop Tour to Portland for two weekends! Join us September 26-28 and again October 4 & 5 at Lightbox Kulturhaus. Slip into a masculine suit coat that understands the size of your shoulders. Try on a dress shirt that fits your neck, chest, and sleeve – all at once. Zip up a pair of men’s style trousers that knows you have hips but doesn’t accentuate them. Experience what if feels like to enter a shop where YOU are the expected customer, a shop staffed by people who live to make you look and feel your boldest, a shop filled with clothing and accessories made to fit your body and your gender. Mark your calendar now. More info at www.saintharridan.com.

We can’t wait to suit you up!

Location: Lightbox Kulturhaus, 2027 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212

Contact phone#: 510-473-5414

Website: www.saintharridan.com

PDC convenes public meetings related to Vanport (MLK & Alberta) Natural Grocers development.

The PDC tells us:

With the late-August announcement that property owned by the Portland Development Commission at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will be the site for Natural Grocers, the community process related to the project is getting under way.

Majestic Realty, with Colas Construction as the primary contractor and Natural Grocers as the anchor tenant, is proposing to construct an urban retail shopping center consisting of approximately 20,000 square feet of gross leasable area in two separate buildings to include commercial/retail lease space for between four to 10 businesses in addition to Natural Grocers, along with approximately 100 parking spaces.

Natural Grocers, a community-centric grocery store that focuses on free nutrition education and healthy food, is a Colorado-based chain with stores in 14 states. The company currently has eight locations in Oregon, including four in the Portland area.

A Project Working Group (PWG) has formed to provide input on building and site design, and to develop a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). The PWG membership represents a diversity of expertise and experience in the community including N/NE small business owners, long-time property owners, business assistance and workforce training providers, area residents, and community members.

PWG meetings are open to the public and meeting details can be found at www.pdc.us/mlkalberta.

The proposed development will serve North/Northeast Portland neighbors and businesses. It will increase the foot traffic and profitability of nearby businesses, introduce Portlanders to a high-quality, affordable grocer and revitalize a parcel of land that has sat dormant for 15 years.

PDC’s equity policy will apply and construction opportunities will be available for majority/minority joint ventures as well as subcontracting and workforce.

Meetings begin on Monday, and are open to the public; the list of planned working group meetings can be found here.

Something I hadn’t learned of today is the letter from Housing Land Advocates to the Patrick Quinton, director of the Portland Development Commission, in February, calling on the PDC to develop formal mitigation strategies to combat gentrification, both at Vanport and as overall development policy.