You want neighborhood involvement? We got neighborhood involvement.
Well, we don’t have neighborhood involvement, but we can certainly point you in the right direction.
For all the shortcomings the Foster area has, there’s one thing we do well (or at least a lot of): meet to discuss, plan, and process neighborhood goings-on. Whether you’re interested in collaborative consumption and the green economy, land use applications, neighborhood events, or development in the urban renewal area, the Foster area has a meeting for you.
Here’s a look at the month ahead, as we give you an idea how you can get involved if you’re so inclined:
Wednesday, October 3 (tonight): The Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Mt. Scott Community Center. These meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and discuss the happenings from the south side of Foster to SE Duke, and between SE 60th and 82nd.
Wednesday, October 3 (tonight): The Green Lents Community Tool Library has its monthly meeting every first Wednesday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This usually involves the founding and participating members of the tool library, as they continue to discuss fundraising opportunities, how to expand, and schedule/volunteer times. The meeting location sometimes rotates, and RSVP is requests. Generally, though, these meetings take place at the tool library, at 9211 SE Ramona Street.
Monday, October 8: The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meets every second Monday of the month, and discusses happenings from the north side of Foster to Powell, and between SE 50th to 82nd. These meetings take place at Bar Carlo, at 6433 SE Foster Road, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8: The Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association meets the same second Monday of the month as Foster-Powell. The boundaries that the PGNA cover range roughly between SE Division and Powell as it stretches from 82nd to I-205, and then south as it weaves toward Foster Road and east toward SE 142nd.
Tuesday, October 9: The Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee (URAC) meets every second Tuesday of the month (for about half the year…check website for actual schedule) from 7-9 p.m. at Lent Elementary, 5105 SE 97th Avenue. These meetings discuss the planning process, finances, and development of the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area, which covers the area around the Foster/I-205 interchange, as well as Foster Road as it extends west toward SE 50th.
Tuesday, October 9: The Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The meetings, which take place at Grout Elementary, 3119 SE Holgate, cover the goings-on in the area spanning from Powell Blvd to the north, Holgate to the south, and between SE 26th and Foster Road.
Tuesday, October 16: Our very own Foster Green EcoDistrict has a steering committee, and they meet every third Tuesday of the month at Portland Youth Builders, 4816 SE 92nd. It’s still a little unclear as to what Foster Green will bring to development along Foster Road, but their goal is to shape future investment in a way that improves the environment and general quality of life in the neighborhood. These meetings run from 6 until 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23: The Lents Neighborhood Association meets every fourth Tuesday of the month to discuss the happenings inside the approximate boundaries of SE 82nd and 112th to the east and west, and Powell Boulevard and the county line from north to south. Being within an urban renewal area, and having a freeway and MAX line run through the neighborhood brings a whole array of issues to discuss. These meetings are held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, at 8835 SE Woodstock, from 7 to 9 p.m.
In addition the above, regularly occurring meetings, two others are worth pointing out:
- The Wikman-Arleta Building project will be holding its steering committee meeting this Thursday, 10/4, at the Y Arts Building at 6036 SE Foster Road. This will be the final meeting to finalize plans for the Wikman site, at which point the plans will be readied to present to the county. This meeting will start 6:30 p.m.
- Finally, as discussed in an earlier post, the Foster-Lents Integration Partnership (FLIP) will be hosting another open house next Wednesday, 10/10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is a meeting that impacts a much larger portion of the Foster area than any one neighborhood association would, and the implications for any development plans have a much larger impact, too. Please feel encouraged to attend this.