Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. Please join us for a presentation about the future of the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center by Andy Nelson, executive director of Impact NW. Envisioned is a center that serves as a gathering and meet-up place for B-D neighbors, a well-stocked resource and information center, and an emergency services hub that offers cooling or heating during extreme weather events.
Other BDNA board business:
Action required: Approval of proposal to conduct an electronics recycling effort on April 1, 2023 at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. Approval to apply for funding from Metro’s Refresh Fund, which is available to Equity Focus Areas.
Action required: Approval of proposal to hold crafting class at the community center two or more Thursday evenings per month during 2023; class open to the community.
Black Futures Farm has wound up a 2022 growing season bountiful in produce, culture, solidarity, and influence. As a project of the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, BFF occupies 5.5 acres in Brentwood-Darlington’s Green Thumb complex. The farmers identify as Black- Diasporic and Continental African people who “work together to grow food and community.” In 2022, their big harvest baskets overflowed with vegetables, flowers, berries, grapes, and fruit. For more information, see https://blackfutures.farm.
Electronics Recycling. On April 1, 2023, recycle your old devices, chargers, cables, computer, printers, and more at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. Stay for a hands-on workshop on bicycle maintenance and repair, a seed exchange, and game-playing directed by Master Recyclers. The address is 7211 SE 62ndAvenue (9:30am-12:30pm). Mark your calendar. April 1st – THIS IS NOT A JOKE.
Master Gardeners. The Multnomah County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden has also wrapped up a productive year. The garden donated 1,576 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to local food pantries, received 345 visitors, and held an “Open Garden” in August. The Demo Garden is a teaching space open to anyone who wants to learn from or work with Master Gardener volunteers. They’re closed for the season now, but will be welcoming learners, volunteers, and visitors again on March 6, 2023. Email inquiries here.
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. Are you aware of the community center near Lane Middle School? Impact NW and BDNA are working on a plan for BDCC’s future. Along with rehabbing the building and working out legal issues, we are envisioning a space where friends can meet up, residents can connect with resources, and people can take refuge during extreme climate-driven weather events. As planning evolves, we will be reaching out to the residents of B-D to join us in shaping BDCC’s future.
Zoning changes proposed for Brentwood-Darlington. Many Brentwood-Darlington residents desire more shops and services closer to home. However, we have seen little commercial development in B-D to date because we are low density and low income compared with other parts of Portland. City planners working on the Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan have suggested zoning changes for stretches of 52nd and 72nd avenues north and south of Flavel Street that might attract developers.
The changes would allow for taller buildings than now allowed. The buildings could contain commercial or residential space, or a mix of the two. Zoning allows land owners to build new buildings, but only if they want to.
The Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan is also concerned with transportation and displacement issues. For detail on the entire plan, consult the draft Preferred Framework Report; see especially p. 25 for the zoning map, which also proposes zoning changes along Flavel Street east of 72nd Avenue.
Please join us for presentations by Black Futures Farm and Master Gardeners, followed by lots of motions, announcements, and reports starting at 7:05pm:
Action required: Approval of proposal to conduct an electronics recycling effort at the end of March 2023. Approval to apply for funding from Metro’s Refresh Fund, which is available to Equity Focus Areas.
Action required: Approval of BDNA effort to collect more information (including resident sentiment) on routing of Line 10 through our neighborhood; development of advocacy.
Announcement: Derek Covey – TriMet needs drivers!
Report: City of Portland trash-reduction effort – walking Duke St on Nov 30, 2022.
Report: How Brentwood-Darlington voted on charter reform
Report: Gas stoves are hazardous to your health
7:30 Update on TGM (Pam Hodge, PAC representative).Review of zoning changes proposed by the TGM planners from Planning & Sustainability. What do the proposed zoning changes mean for our neighborhood’s commercial and housing development? Report on draft anti-displacement plan.
7:45 Update on BDCC (Stephenie Frederick). Report on Nov 18, 2022 meeting with Impact NW director Andy Nelson to develop a plan to recast BDCC as a resilience hub and thriving community center; resolve legal issues surrounding the title and ground lease.
Zoning for More Businesses, Apartments. When surveyed, residents of B-D spoke up strongly for a more-businesses, more-apartments scenario. The area at SE 72nd Ave and Flavel Street should be named a commercial center; SE 52nd Avenue from Duke to Flavel should become a commercial corridor.
Altered zoning would permit mixed-use and apartment buildings in those areas to be as high as 4 stories (now the zoning restricts such buildings to 2-3 stories).
You are invited to join a land-use meeting on November 10th at 7:00pm to pose questions to city planners. For example: What does “mixed use” mean? How do developers respond to zoning changes? Would our areas change quickly? What would those parts of our neighborhood look like? Can we have a say in what types of businesses elect to settle here?
Our other board members are Gail Kiely, Derek Covey, Monica Hamm, Kim DiLeo, Casey Carlton, and Vivian Schoung.
Follow the BDNA over the months to come as we tackle exciting projects: taking local climate actions, putting the Lower Southeast Rising planning project to work for the neighborhood — and opening the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center as a meet-up place for all of us in Brentwood-Darlington.
BDNA is partnering with Multnomah County Master Gardeners, PSU’s Learning Gardens Lab, and Black Futures Farm to offer this community event!
Plants for the Planet ~ Proceeds for the Community!
Pick up your plants in SE Portland on Sept 30/Oct 1 – hosted by Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and the Green Thumb Garden Site. We’ll see you here: Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206)
(Scroll to the bottom of this post to see volunteer opportunities, including first dibs at the end of pick-up flash sale!)
Sparrowhawk Native Plants partners with community organizations to provide over 100 species of habitat-friendly and climate-resilient plants to local gardeners. This fall, they’re teaming up with Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association, and the Green Thumb Garden Site (that’s us!), Portland Community College Sylvania’s Habitat Restoration Team, Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Friends of Tualatin Hills Nature Park. By our powers combined, over 40,000 native plants will take root and about $20,000 will go back to these inspiring community partners.