Minutes of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting
July 6, 2005
1. Convened at 7:00 pm by President, Don Baack.
Attendance : 19
Approval of Minutes of May and June meetings deferred.
2. Committee reports: None.
3. Monthly feature: Status of Housing in the Bertha
Sheila Fink appeared for the developer, also Bill
Nelson, architect, and Craig Kelly for Housing Development Center.
We learned that the project has taken title to the
triangle, and does not own the natural area north of the viaduct (PDOT
or ODOT does). There will be 2 bldgs, 3 stories to the north, 4 to the
south, accommodating approximately 50 seniors, separated by a central plaza,
open to the public. The eco-roof has been scratched and replaced with a
flat roof, with a small roof-top terrace area on each building. The central
plaza is roughly 100x40. This is a concrete deck over a parking structure
with 37 parking spaces, for both tenants and customers to the shops of
the first floor of the north building. To allow the public to know whether
the roof-tops will be seen, the developer will raise balloons to show roof
This is a landmark location, Nelson said, one that
will be seen from all quadrants approaching Hillsdale. The audience agreed,
and seemed to support the notion of a bell tower or steeple to mark the
spot. The architect agreed.
It was not known whether the project is subject to
design review, a status the developer promised to check and report to HNA.
Glenn Bridger also asked for water to the brought
to the natural area north of the viaduct, and an estimate of how much it
would cost to bring in adequate topsoil to support a landscaping scheme.
They will cost out the dirt for us, to undertake as a community project.
Don asked for water fountains, human and canine.
Emergency vehicle access will be along Bertha Court.
The project goal is to do Silver LEED buildings,
but may not be doable under the present budget. They are looking for funding
to meet that goal.
It was moved that HNA write a letter to the State
of Oregon Housing Authority, commending the developer for its continuing
community involvement. This passed unanimously.
4. Action items:
The second, and last focus group was held. On the
future of the Town Center. Again, 4 participants, and again, the need for
a public bulletin board was mentioned. Next month Meaghan will report on
the future of this project.
Discussion of a proposed land division at 1669 SW Sunset
Blvd was deferred due to the absence of the proponent.
HNA outreach. Meaghan MacKenzie.
Noise enforcement processes have started, as of
July 1. Truckers have been warned. The target area is I-5, Tigard to Marquam
Jake brakes. Scot Westerman.
The survey is on hold, honoring a request of Jim
Thayer, the new SWHRL president. A lawsuit contesting his election, as
well as other new SWHRL board members, has been filed by several members
of the ousted board. That suit is pending in state circuit court, on which
preliminary motions of several types will be heard on July 18, to move
the case along. Non-judicial resolution is also being sought by some of
SWHRL update. Aloha Wyse.
Hillsdale Park charette is set for Saturday, July 9,
8:45 am-1 pm, in the Portland Christian Center.
Wilson Pool opened in mid-June. The solar heating device
doesn’t work. It was moved that HNA send a letter to Dan Saltzman, the
Parks Commissioner, cc to the Parks Director, commending the City for the
interior design of the new pool, and expressing disappointment at the lack
of the promised north entrance and plea for a north entrance in the next
bond measure. We should also ask for directional signing, to be undertaken
with the consultation of the neighborhood.
Discussion of the Good Neighbor Agreement regarding
the Frisbee golf course was deferred due to the absence of the complainant
and the church.
Stephens Creek walkway. The Raz family is fundraising
for this project.
Our grant request was denied. Shall we try to collect
funds on our own, to plan? Whatever is done, Glenn reminded us to keep
the heat on for a walkway between Baker & Spice and Wild Oats. The
matter of how to keep the Town Plaza moving forward was referred to the
Board for a proposal.
5. Walking around Hillsdale. This was referred to the
Board for a proposal.
Hillsdale Plaza.. Don Baack.
6. New business.
Adjourned: 9 pm.
Route 39. John, from Collins View, asked for support
to turn the present little-used 39 bus route into a Lewis & Clark-Hillsdale-Multnomah
connector. This was enthusiastically received, A motion was passed unanimously
for HNA to contact TriMet and encourage 4 neighborhoods Colins View, So.
Burlingame, Hillsdale, and Multnomah) to band together to encourage a sensible
transport link via Bus 39 to connect the 4 neighborhoods.
School committee. Glenn Bridger wishes HNA to consider
whether SWNI should create a Schools Committee. He wants support of the
idea from HNA next month.
Submitted by John Gould, Secretary.