The Portland Development Commission will be holding an open house this Thursday eve, May 28, at the Goodbuild showroom to present three design options for the Gateway and Heritage Markers.
The proposals include plans for transforming the ‘gateway’ into N/NE Portland, where MLK and Grand merge, as well as ‘Heritage Markers’ that will line the boulevard. The Heritage Markers are expected to include markers that provide directions and information for pedestrians on the boulevard, as well as historical images that are viewable by folks driving by.
The PDC’s Gateway and Heritage Markers Concept Master Plan (September 2008) describes the “primary functions” of the markers as:
- The creation of a clear ‘threshold,’ announcing arrival to a unique district of Portland and the emphasis of this distinct character along the boulevard
- The preservation, interpretation, and celebration of a broad and inclusive history of the area’s cultural communities.
The PDC hopes to transform the Gateway Site into a unique block with striking sculpture and pedestrian-friendly space, while the Heritage Markers are intended to provide historical background and information about the area.
The Gateway Site as it looks now, heading north on Grand to where it merges with MLK Boulevard:
Goodbuild is at 2106 NE MLK; the open house will be from 5 to 7 pm.