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Monday, May 8, 2006

Portland Neighborhood Meeting of the Night

Posted by Amy J. Ruiz on Mon, May 8 at 5:43 PM

UPDATE @ 7:10 pm: This meeting is packed. Roughly 100 people are squished into a windowless room to talk development. Should get interesting…

mississippiavelofts.jpgI’ll be spending my evening at the Albina Youth Opportunity School, for May’s Boise Neighborhood Association meeting. On the agenda tonight:

Developers from the planned Mississippi Lofts building (N Mississippi & Skidmore) will present the updated designs for their project. They will once again ask the community for a letter of support. Discussion and Vote.

I wrote about the Mississippi Lofts project a few weeks ago—there’s a handful of very vocal neighbors who live in the shadow of the proposed building, and they’ve managed to drag enough people to the previous neighborhood association meetings to vote against supporting the project. They cite things like the building’s height and affect on privacy in adjoining backyards as reasons to oppose the project.

Reasons to support it include upping density in the city, replacing an eyesore of a warehouse on Mississippi Ave, and being in favor of green building practices. (I’m solidly in the pro-Lofts camp.)

I’ll be watching both sides collide, tonight at 7.


Aren't these meetings why we have interns???

Are you kidding? I live for this.

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