the final late winter Open House to solicit ideas and feedback on the Portland Road Corridor Strategic Action Plan.
Already the City "at your service" has poached $1 million in urban renewal funds for a stormwater project that was supposed to be funded privately by business and/or developers. After what looks like a City error in failing to bring forward the project's terms when the property was sold and changed hands, the City appears to have caved and funded it publicly.
|Still being debated|
At least theoretically there remains a bit more than $20 million for the project, and to do it as originally envisioned is estimated at about $30 million - so this is a big value-engineering project.
We should not lose sight of the ways facilities for people who walk and bike are so much cheaper than facilities for people driving!
On a map, Portland Road looks like an easy and direct way to the Kroc Center and to the new technical school.
On the street itself, conditions are anything but inviting and comfortable.
Let the City know they need to change this! You can also email City staff here.
The Police Station
While the "Blue Ribbon Committee" has been meeting since November, it hasn't been as much an inquiry and investigation as it has been the end of a sonata, a restatement of previous themes, reworked and developed somewhat, but nonetheless introducing very little in the way of truly new material. It's been just one giant "recapitulation" of he said, she said.
So there hasn't been anything new to say here.
The most interesting part was back in the fall, when folks toured the supposedly "perfect" Eugene facility. Notes from the tour describe problems with it:
- Short on parking
- Unclear site or building support needs for future
- Didn’t have sufficient funding to do it right
- Frequently cited: “would rather have had it this way” on tour; lots of clumsy space, wasted space (interior design could be managed much better); layout did not consider adjacencies or workflow
- Will have continued expense to make building work
- Weak security features
- Inefficiency associated with being separated from other functions, scattered around town; no savings with consolidating operations
- Technological inefficiency, compared to Keizer
- Hard to manage multiple locations
- Stuck in building indefinitely
"Cheap" might just be cheap.
At the same time, the need to build a parking garage for police vehicles at the Civic Center site really adds to the cost, and this alone is a meaningful reason to be very wary of the Civic Center site proposal.
From here the "Blue Ribbon Committee" has offered no additional clarity and failed to make a case for either the Civic Center site or a Eugene-model facility. It's just been bureaucratic churn.
|Rose Gardens/Epping Parcel (not latest cost estimate, however)|
|Detail from Action Plan Area Map:|
The Rose Gardens/Epping property is central!
There will be some travel inefficiency introduced by a site in the north half of town, but at least then you have located Police where people actually seem to want Police, are begging for Police. And by leveraging the Portland Road Action Plan, other "externalities" might become features rather than remain bugs.
The Committee meets tonight. Here's the meeting packet.
Here are SCV notes on it (largely critical of the City's efforts).
The meeting is Wednesday the 11th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at Broadway Commons, Rm. 205 (Keizer Room), 1300 Broadway NE.