New Business! G.I.R.L.S. Gym

Help us welcome the newest business to Brentwood-Darlington, G.I.R.L.S. Gym!

G.I.R.L.S. Gym offers Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Fitness, Submission Grappling and Self Defense training for women, teenagers, and youth.  Classes offered 7 days per week, morning, midday and evening.  Be part of this amazing community of women!

Visit them online or at their location on SE 52nd, just north of Flavel St. between La Mota and the ASAP Market.

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October Meeting Recap

Thank you, everyone, who made it out last night!  We had a great turnout, including several new neighbors!  If you missed the meeting, here’s a quick recap:

Lane Middle School PTA President Esther Crowell-Duncan gives an update.

Community Announcements:

  • Lane PTA has volunteer opportunities open on Oct 16th and November 8-9th.  Contact PTA President Esther Crowell-Duncan or visit their website for more info or to volunteer.
  • New library events at Woodstock and Holgate. Library will soon begin taking submissions from local authors to publish as e-books.  For more info visit the library in person or online.
  • Girl Scouts of Oregon/SW Washington is actively working to start troops at Kelly, Woodmere, and Whitman.  Contact Alexandria Robinson for more information.

Alexandria Robinson with Girl Scouts of Oregon/SW Washington.

Upcoming Events:

  • Learning Gardens Lab is having its annual Harvest Festival on October 18th, 3:30-6:30PM.  Visit their event on Facebook for more info.
  • BDNA Spooktacular is October 22nd, 4:00-7:00PM.  Visit our event on Facebook for more info.
  • Next BDNA meeting: November 2nd, 7:00-9:00PM. Special Guest Mayor Ted Wheeler!  Visit our event on Facebook for more info.

Request for Endorsement/Support:

Representative Jeff Reardon at October 5, 2017 BDNA meeting.

Special Guest:

Representative Jeff Reardon spoke briefly about successes and disappointments during the last legislative session.  He brought an informational handout and took questions.  If you have questions for Rep. Reardon, you can submit them to us and we’ll pass them on.

Land Use and Transportation: 

  • New LUD discussed: 6628 SE 62nd Ave
  • Board Member Stephenie Frederick is taking a 10-week course from PBOT on transportation.

**Please note, this is a general summary and not official minutes!**

Photo and Video Credit: Derek Covey, Board Member

Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan Completion and Report!

From the GPS Consulting, PSU MURP Workshop Team:

Through the Master of Urban of Regional Planning (MURP) program at Portland State University (PSU), we have the pleasure of completing a practical and applied planning process with a client and community in a short 6 month timeline. Luckily, a group of six MURPs, took the opportunity to work with you, Brentwood-Darlington and the City of Portland to complete a Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan. We first would like to say thank you. Brentwood-Darlington is an amazing community with motivated individuals that influence positive change everyday. It has been a true pleasure meeting all of you, building important relationships, and working together to develop this plan. We could not have done it with you.

Based on the project proposal and initial conversations we had with Marty Stockton, Southeast District Liaison for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), we identified that increasing livability and stability for BD residents was the city’s primary goal. Additionally, the city wanted to better understand the most pressing challenges BD faces. In our first conversations with residents, you asked us how to strengthen neighborhood identity and engage diverse voices in the neighborhood. As well as, you wanted to build off of current momentum and understand how to be more effective advocates in addressing your infrastructure challenges.

From neighborhood walks to multi-cultural focus groups, we learned a great deal of information from the people in your community. The most overwhelming thing we heard from you was infrastructure deficiencies and sidewalk concerns. We learned about your amazing and successful grassroots organizing history from interviews with neighbors that have been in BD for over 50 years. Our neighborhood survey told us that many of your moved to the neighborhood for its affordability and the opportunity to buy a home.

All of these interactions with people within Brentwood-Darlington framed our conversations with technical and academic advisors, professional mentors, non-profit organizations and many more. These conversations outlined what all is possible for the neighborhood via collaborations with constituents around the city.

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan is meant to inform the City of your most pressing challenges and priorities for the future. We hope this project and our final plan serves as a guide and a touchstone; a reminder of where the neighborhood has been, and an arrow pointing the way to the community’s shared vision of the future.

Here are a short list of recommendations vetted by us and other planning experts, but that were inspired by all of you:

  • Maintain affordable homes like mobile home parks with the “right of first refusal”
  • Purchase naturally occurring affordable multi-family properties
  • Transform the property on the NE corner of 72nd and Flavel into a mixed-use development
  • Add a N/S route along 72nd Avenue that would link Brentwood-Darlington to Mt Scott Community
  • Center and the Foster/Powell neighborhood
  • Re-route the #19 bus that goes downtown over the Tilikum Bridge to cut down on commute time downtown
  • Make Cooper a “play street”
  • Designating SE 52nd as a neighborhood corridor
  • Seek rezoning some of the current R2.5 residential zoning south of Flavel Street
  • Bring back the community policing program
  • BDNA to connect with existing organizations, like the Vietnamese Community of Oregon or the Latino Network, which hosts a Latino Parent Group that meets monthly at Lane
  • Apply for an AmeriCorps to fund a paid position for the BDNA
  • Celebrate your successes with neighborhood placards in places like Harney Park and the Community Center

We invite you to celebrate with us, ask us your questions and discuss how the neighborhood can take action and move forward with positive change at our Neighborhood Celebration on June 25th at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. There will be an ice cream sundae bar, cake, yard games, and more! We hope to see you there to celebrate what an awesome community you have and one that we enjoyed to work with ever so dearly.

View the documents on Google Drive and see all the amazing work that these PSU students have put into our neighborhood!

BD Assessment and Action Plan – Combined Document (with appendices)
BD Assessment and Action Plan (stand alone)
Appendix A Planning Context Neighborhood Assets
Appendix B Community Engagement Report 
Appendix C Resource library

Did something strike a chord?  Join us for our next meeting on July 6th at 7:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center or contact us today!

Brentwood-Darlington Welcomes Starlight Knitting Society

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Brentwood-Darlington got a little bit softer in September with the addition of a lovely yarn shop!

Starlight Knitting Society, located at 7028 SE 52nd Ave, is Brentwood-Darlington’s newest local business. Owner Melissa and her staff have worked hard to make an inviting and beautiful environment.

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(Left to Right: Hillary, Melissa, and Charlie)

Thoughtfully curated yarns in a variety of textures, weights, and fibers line the walls. From Blue Sky Alpaca to Spud & Chloe to Universal Yarn, there’s something for everyone (and every wallet). A cozy fireplace with comfy seating and well-placed lighting invite you to sit and stitch a bit. Thoughtful details like a children’s play area, warm beverages, and a large work table make this shop a haven for the yarn inclined.

Starlight Knitting Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday 12-5pm, with open stitching nights Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9pm.