The Foster-Lents Integration Partnership (FLIP) community engagement workshop is tonight. I know that was a mouthful, so here’s the skinny: the PDC formed FLIP through the Foster Corridor Investment Strategy, which was meant to address the many needs of Foster Road and its surrounding neighborhoods. FLIP was meant to be a collaboration between the various stakeholders in the neighborhood, and they would then be tasked with setting priorities for development along Foster. So, to get in on the action and make your thoughts heard, you’re invited to the first community engagement workshop…tonight. The meeting will be held at the Wattles Boys and Girls Club at 9330 SE Harold, starting at 5:30.
In other neighborhood news, plans are taking shape for this year’s FoPo garden tour. The date has not been set yet, but it’s expected to be in mid- to late-June. In the meantime, if you are interested in participating, potential garden hosts are invited to a planning meeting this Saturday, April 14, at 10:30. If you do want to participate, email email@example.com.
Speaking of gardens, Vicki Wilson has been hard at work for nearly a year trying to create a community garden at SE 62nd and Powell. The vacant asphalt lot is owned by ODOT, and supposedly covers what’s left of an old gas station. For that reason, Wilson’s original plan was denied. However, the original proposal involved taking control of and depaving the lot. Wilson amended her proposal and inquired about placing raised beds on top of the asphalt. ODOT appeared somewhat more amenable, and they are now reviewing the new plan. It is our hopes the coming months will reveal what ODOT can allow for the site. If and when we get the go-ahead, we’ll be soliciting the neighborhood for supplies (wood, soil, etc). Stay tuned for more.
Vicki Wilson, along with her husband, is also taking part in the creation of a mural on the old Phoenix Drugs building at SE 67th and Foster. Aided by a Graffiti Abatement grant from Southeast Uplift, the duo has sketched a few designs for the west-facing wall of the building, which would peer over the north side of Foster. Initial concepts include paying homage to the original owner of the building, John Leach (of the Botanical Garden fame), illustrating the phoenix-like qualities of the site (apparently a previous owner tried to burn the building multiple times to collect an insurance claim), and depicting Foster Road in some form. The artists will present a more detailed design at the next NA meeting in May.
Also in May will be our annual neighborhood cleanup, a fundraising effort for the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Associations. The cleanup will be held May 5 at Arleta Elementary, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Most of everything will be taken except yard debris and electrical items (it’s suggested you donate the latter to Goodwill). This is the NA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so please consider holding off on that run to the dump, and save your trash until May. The fee per car load will be less than if you went to the dump.
Finally, PHC Northwest has identified a site they want to locate their proposed charter school. Hoping to become the first public charter school in SE Portland that serves middle school kids, PHC Northwest will be submitting plans in July for a vacant, 18,000 square foot building on SE 74th and Center. The proposal calls for an eventual 300+ kids who will receive proficiency-based assessment, hands-on-learning opportunities, community and family focus, and preparation for high school academics. PHC Northwest is currently seeking neighborhood feedback, so feel free to share your ideas and concerns directly with them. Lynden Evans is the project director, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thats’ all, folks. Have a good week.