This & that.

A few notes about some local events & issues that have caught my eye lately:

  • The Portland Development Commission is considering changes to the Oregon Conventional Center Urban Renewal Area (URA) and the Interstate URA. My understanding is that the city seeks to move MLK Boulevard from the Convention Center URA to the Interstate URA, thereby providing longer-term funding for development on MLK Boulevard. Public meetings about changes to the URAs commence this week with an ‘urban renewal area town hall truth telling.’  Access the schedule of public meetings here.

Predevelopment work is underway for an education and family-housing project on the former Lutheran Church site at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and NE Skidmore in Portland, Oregon. The site is currently home to Albina Head Start’s Carolyn Young Center and Traci Rose House and is zoned for high density residential uses. Based on preliminary design work, the current concept includes 23,631 SF of commercial space on the ground floor and 32 residential units on the second through fouth floors.

  • The African Film Festival at PCC-Cascade began this weekend. Check the month-long schedule of films at http://www.africanfilmfestival.org/. Queen of Sheba and Horn of Africa, both on MLK, are among the festival’s sponsors.
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