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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland


This project is a plan to transform an under-utilized parcel of public land into a community asset. Through the analysis of construction, funding, site constraints, maintenance and stewardship options, the project team created a design concept and implementation plan for a parcel of land adjacent to the Interstate 5 freeway. The project team solicited input from community residents through a public involvement process and created an advisory committee consisting of stakeholders to provide guidance for the project. The plan documents the process of project initiation and the selection of alternatives. This plan may be used as a reference for enhancing publicly owned parcels in other neighborhoods.

The site is an unimproved 1.5-acre parcel abutting a raised portion of I- 5 situated on the west side of N. Mississippi Avenue between N. Monroe Street to the north and N. Stanton Street to the south. (See Figure 6) The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) owns the parcel Initial inquiries by the project team indicated that the Oregon Department of Transportation would be willing to allow improvements to the landscape on this parcel. After making preliminary contacts with the Boise neighborhood, the Albina Youth Opportunity School (A YOS) and the Mississippi Historic District Target Area (Mississippi Target Area), the project team, looking south found that the creation of a neighborhood gateway met the needs of the area. For this reason the Mississippi Target Area, which is involved in numerous neighborhood revitalization projects, was chosen as an appropriate client for the project.

Working with the concept of a neighborhood gateway, the project team conducted two public workshops to gather input from the neighborhood regarding the use and design of the site. Representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland Environmental Services, Albina Youth Opportunity School (A YOS), the Mississippi Target Area, the Portland Development Commission, and neighborhood representatives served on an advisory committee that reviewed design suggestions from the community.

This project was conducted under the supervision of Deborah Howe, Tom Sanchez, and Connie Ozawa.


Client: Mississippi Historic District Target Area


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