Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Special meeting about a proposed apartment complex

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

7 PM @ North Harbor Marriott Courtyard

1231 N. Anchor Way, Portland, OR


Special Meeting to discuss the plans of Trammell Crow Residential to construct an apartment complex on the land at the west end of Bridgeton Road.

Sam Rodriguez and Thomas DiChiara from TCR have asked for a meeting of the neighborhood to discuss the issues around their proposed development of a 250 unit apartment complex. One of the issues is the city requirement of a paved connection to the end of Bridgeton Road for emergency vehicle access.

Please attend this meeting to help plan for our neighborhood’s future.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Meeting Tonight - June 18th

June neighborhood meeting is tonight at the Mews....

7 PM

The Mews is the condo building near the I-5 bridge .

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Board Meeting on Wednesday

From Leslie - the BNA Chair

We are holding a Bridgeton Neighborhood Association board meeting on June 12 at 7 pm [in a private home]*
This meeting is to get the board together to discuss their interests and what we want to do for this next year and the future. It is an open meeting where we want to look at potential committees to enhance the livability and quality of life in our neighborhood.
One item we will be discussing in addition to potential committees is the neighborhood boundary. I am proposing a change to the wording in our by-laws that will clarify the eastern boundary and take to NE 13th Ave on the north side of Marine Drive.

Leslie Sawyer, BNA chair

* call Leslie for the address

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

June 18th Meeting

Agenda and location information - the meeting is NOT at the Columbia School

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 7 PM

In the Recreation Room of the MEWS at North Harbor Building
905 North Harbor Drive, Portland, OR

New I-5 Bridge Draft Impact Statement - final proposals for the new I-5 Bridge

This is your last chance to become informed about the Columbia River Crossing Project and to respond to the draft impact statement. Representatives from the Columbia River Crossing Project will be present to discuss the five options presented in the Impact Statement. We will use their input and that of those present to prepare a statement from the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association and hopefully for other entities in our area.

We need to make our opinions heard. In addition to written statements from organizations, there needs to be many statements from individuals. We plan to make information available for people to prepare their own responses to a list of individuals and organizations that need to be contacted. We need to send e-mails and/or letters to the officials who are going to make these decisions. We encourage everyone to be heard.

Please attend this meeting to help make sure that our opinions on the CRC project are heard by the city, county, state, and federal officials who will be making decisions on our future. We need everyone to mail and/or e-mail informed responses before July 1, 2008.

Direction to the Recreation Room at the MEWS at North Harbor:

1) The recreation room at the MEWS is at the east end of the building. We will have a BNA sign at the open door. Go up the stairs to a large conference room.
2) There is limited parking on N Harbor Drive so many of us will walk west on the levee to the condo units, go down the levee on the east side of the units, and west to the first (east) entrance into the Mews.
3) Exit Marine Drive north onto N Harbor Drive (at the Subway) and circle west and north around the Harbor Court Apartments. Go past the main entrance to the Mews to the east side of the building.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Wicke's endless sale

Wicke's has been going "out of business" for so long now it's a joke. A neighbor went there to see what was for sale and said the store is full of furniture.

He was reminded that oregon law allows these bankruptcy or going out of business sales to be done by sell-off companies [liquidators] who can keep bringing other stuff to add to what was originally in the store.

I found this out when a sporting good store was going out of business and as I had bought a lot of good stuff there - I went to look. what I found was merchandise that had never been sold at the original store and knowing prices - I found the sales prices higher than what the item could be bought for elsewhere.

So beware these going out of business sales in Oregon. They can be rip offs if you do not know comparable prices...They remind me fondly of stores in New York that we called "going out of business" as it's name because that was the sign in the window for years and years - until NY changed its laws and disallowed that lie to persist.

The Wicke's "sale" will go on thru June - I think it started in March...

Remember - caveat emptor

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Bridgeton Neighborhood Association Minutes for May 21, 2008

The neighborhood debt has been greatly reduced! Matt announced that we are able to pay $13,500 on our debt. Matt thanked everyone for their support (esp. with the concert-silent auction). He noted that Cherry Ann Kolbenschlag will be missed on the board. She has put in many hours on committees and worked with Jim Miller to make the concert a great success. He also tried to go through the names on others who worked so hard on the concert.

Walter reported on the tree negotiations. It is almost over and things should be signed soon. Trees will get marked and cutting permits obtained for cutting to start in August. They will remove the trees and most of the roots with machinery-no chemicals. There are plans to widen the levee in several places (esp. near the school), to beautify around garbage bins, to add sidewalks and some plazas and to get power lines underground. It is an ambitious project. Walter is going to work to bring in funds and other contributions. We need at least three people to volunteer to be on an advisory committee to help allocate funding and contributions. Matt thanked Alise, Tom, and Walter for all of their hours of tiring work to get to this point.


The by laws were changed allowing 15 board members and 15 people were elected to the board. They are Richard Brown, Karen Jeffers, Julie McKinney, Ann Neuenschwander, Chrys Pappas, Dustin Pruitt, Debbie Robertson, Elizabeth Sanders, Leslie Sawyer, Brian Stipak, Kim Swenson, Lynda Taylor, Walter Valenta, Matt Whitney, and Chuck Wilson.

Officers were elected by the new board members present. They will be Leslie Sawyer as chair, Karen Jeffers as co-chair, Chuck Wilson as treasurer, and Richard Brown as secretary.

Developers from Trammell Crow Residential (Thomas A DiChiara and Sam Rodriguez) were present to talk to us about their plans to build a two hundred unit "up scale" rental complex on the land above the Blue Frog. They want a committee of local people to work with them. We need volunteers for that committee. Brian Stipak has already said he will be on this committee. We need more people from Bridgeton Road and from the MEWS and the other west side condo unit. If you are interested please let Brian or Leslie know.

We will be holding a general meeting on the 18th of June to discuss our joint and individual responses to the proposed I-5 bridge plans. This is very important and we need to be heard.

Everyone thanked to Matt Whitney for all of the hours he has put into being chairman of BNA for the last six years.

There were 20 members in attendance and 4 non-members.