I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion

Our meeting on Monday 11-March included a presentation by No More Freeways PDX, which is a grassroots advocacy group in opposition to the Oregon Department of Transportation and City of Portland’s I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion project.

Video from the project’s website
Video from No More Freeways PDX

After the presentation and the discussion that followed, the consensus was that we, the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, oppose the I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion project. There are many reasons why this project should not move forward, which are summarized on the Public Comment page of No More Freeways PDX. One of the core reasons that we, as the Foster-Powell Neighborhood, would oppose this is that the $500 million dollars could be better spent on other projects such as:

  • Funds to complete the Jurisdictional Transfer of 82nd Ave and Powell Blvd from ODOT to City of Portland
  • Improvements to other modes of transit including Light Rail, Bus, Bike and Pedestrian paths

However, before the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association officially adopts a position of opposition to the I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion project, we agreed to survey our neighbors and ask their position on the matter. If more than 60% of survey respondents support No More Freeways PDX position, then we will publish a letter of opposition.

If you live, rent, work, or own property within the Foster-Powell triangle, you’re a member of our neighborhood. Please complete the survey below to state your position and help guide this process. Thank you!

The survey has been closed. Thank you for participating! We will be posting the results soon.


March Update and Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for the Kellogg Middle School

From the Kellogg Rebuild website:

March 2019 

The Kellogg Middle School Rebuild Project is moving forward toward construction of an innovative new middle school in SE Portland.  It replaces the 100-year-old Kellogg building that served several generations of students.  Demolition of the old school was completed in 2018 and materials from the that building have been salvaged for re-use in the new building. The final phase of design for the new Kellogg Middle School is underway and will be complete in early 2019.

In January the City of Portland approved the Kellogg project’s Conditional Use and Adjustment application. This opens the door for the project team to submit the Building Permit application in March, which the City has committed to include in their Fast-Track Review Process.
Planning for the new Kellogg Middle School program will be launched by the district in 2019. This process will include hiring a new planning principal.

Going forward construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2020. At that time the new building will be outfitted with furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in early 2021 to allow school administrators to train new teachers and staff ahead of the arrival of students in the Fall of 2021.

Ground Breaking Ceremony!

A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for Saturday, 1-June, at 10:00 AM. We will share more information about this event as it is available.


82nd Ave Study Open House

Join the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for a community open house on the 82nd Avenue Study and the study’s near-term transportation and zoning action items.

Tuesday, 5-March, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Portland Community College Southeast Campus
Community Hall Annex (campus map)
2305 SE 82nd Ave (map)

These near-term action items are in coordination with the 82nd Ave Study: Understanding Barriers to Development, led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. BPS and PBOT are working together to address barriers within the corridor. This joint planning effort is funded in part by a Metro Community Planning and Development Grant.

Come learn more at the community open house event. Join your neighbors to discuss the future of 82nd Avenue.