This months EBNO meeting is on TUESDAY, AUGUST 19th 7 - 9 p.m, at Mayo St Arts (10 Mayo St). Alex Jaegerman, City Planning Division Director, will be presenting the proposed changes to the R-6 zoning ordinance. Please attend and share your thoughts!
« All EventsNational Night OutAugust 5 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMEvent Navigation« Music CampMusic Camp »East Bayside’s annual night out! For one night, neighbors turn off the telly, lock their doors, and enjoy an evening out with neighbors & friends. Come join us for live music, food, a parade, with special guests from East Bayside Neighborhood Organization, The Root Cellar, Mayo Street Arts, and more. Guest Chief Sauschuck, Fire Truck Tours, prizes for the kids, and performances by Club Hip Hop, and Raging Brass Reggae Band!
Parade starts at Mayo Street Arts at 6, party in the Peppermint Park from 6:15-8pm. Free!
Hello East Bayside Neighbors, tonight (August 5, 2014) 6:00pm to 8:30pm, is NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, an annual community event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partners… See More
There was a healthy turnout for last Wednesday’s meeting about the proposed Redfern Properties development at 3G’s property on Fox/Anderson St. Lots of great questions, comments, and thoughts. City Planner, Nell Donaldson was present and invited written comments/questions about this proposal. She will be the lead Planner for this application and her contact information is: email@example.com All e-mails will be forwarded to the Planning Board. There is a Planning Board workshop meeting about this proposal Tuesday July 22 at 4pm held at City Hall, Room 209. Public comment will be taken at this meeting so we encourage you to attend if you can!
Hi All! This is a reminder of tonight’s (Wed. July 16th) meeting to hear Redfern Properties’ proposal to develop the parcel where 3G’s Garage (Fox and Anderson Streets) is currently located. The meeting will be at Redfern’s Office at 178 Washington Ave at 6pm. If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to participate in the process we encourage you to write comments to Jean Fraser, City Planner, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighborhood Meeting for 3G's Garage Zoning and Development Proposal
Some of you may be following the proposal by Redfern Properties to develop 3G’s Garage on the corner of Fox and Anderson Streets. Please come to the neighborhood meeting which will be held on Wednesday, July 16th at 6pm at Redfern’s office on 178 Washington Ave to hear their proposal, ask questions, and gain more information. When considering an application for a zoning change the City of Portland requires applicants to hold a neighborhood meeting to get feedback. Minutes will be taken and submitted to the Planning Board. Here is the invitation from Redfern Properties that went out to property owners in the area. Renters, however, do not get these notices so we want to ensure that all community members know about this!
Today, Friday JUNE 6th, at 2:30 the East Bayside Community Policing Center, 44 Mayo St. a few concerned East Bayside residents and property owners will be meeting with our community policing coordinator and senior lead officer to discuss problems with INTOXICATED MEN LOITERING, TRESPASSING, DRINKING IN PUBLIC, URINATING, and HARASSING RESIDENTS on Cumberland Ave. between Boyd St. and Smith St. (around the Bayside Variety store).
This has been happening on a daily basis and we are hoping to develop a specific plan to address these problems. EVERYONE is welcome to attend.
East Bayside’s monthly neighborhood meeting will be tomorrow May 20, 7pm at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street.
Presenting will be:
Jonathan Cully, of Redfern Properties LLC, who is purchasing the 3G’s property on the corner of Fox/ Anderson St. He would like to meet with the neighborhood of East Bayside. http://www.redfernproperties.com
Blainor McGough Director of Mayo Street Arts, to talk about National Night Out that will be happening in August.
There will be a City of Portland Planning Division meeting for the proposed Avesta Housing. This is for 134 Washington Ave. (near the corner of Washington Avenue and Fox Street). The applicant is proposing 18 affordable housing units in a 4-story building. The meeting will be:
Portland City Hall City Council Chambers Tuesday, May 13th 4:00pm: Workshop 7:30pm: Public Hearing
Avesta wants to raze one building, then raise another
The Portland nonprofit proposes replacing a modest single-family home with a complex of 18 units to help alleviate a ‘crisis’ in affordable rents.
A Portland nonprofit is seeking approval to demolish a small house on the border of the city’s East End and Munjoy Hill neighborhoods to build a four-story apartment complex for low-income residents.
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Pictured Friday, this house at 134 Washington Ave. at the base of Munjoy Hill in Portland is the site of a proposed housing development by Avesta Housing. “It is directly in front of a bus stop, and that is important for folks to get around,” said Greg Payne, development officer with Avesta. “And it has a lovely view of the cove.”
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This is an artist’s rendering of the 18-unit complex that Avesta Housing is proposing to build at the site of 134 Washington Ave. in Portland.
Avesta Housing’s 18-unit proposal is part of a growing number of housing projects in a city with a notoriously tight rental market, especially for people at the lower end of the income spectrum. Greg Payne, development officer with Avesta, said the property at 134 Washington Ave. was selected because it is a large lot located on the peninsula close to services and shopping.
“It is directly in front of a bus stop, and that is important for folks to get around,” Payne said. “And it has a lovely view of the cove.”
Located on the boundary line between the East Bayside and East End neighborhoods, Washington Avenue is a mixed neighborhood of single-family homes, houses divided into apartments and businesses ranging from auto shops to photography and pottery studios.
Avesta purchased the single-family home in May 2013 and recently received approval for low-income housing tax credits from MaineHousing.
Avesta’s application to the Portland Planning Division proposes a $1.7 million building featuring 18 efficiency apartments, each measuring approximately 340 square feet. Standing 44 feet tall, the four-story apartment building would be one of the tallest structures in the mixed-use neighborhood at the base of Munjoy Hill.
Payne said Avesta plans to work with partner organizations to market the apartments to veterans, a group with higher rates of homelessness or housing insecurity. That approach is modeled after Avesta’s Oak Street Lofts project, which opened in January 2012 and was marketed toward artists in a section of town bustling with art galleries and studios but limited options for low-income artists.
Eight of the 18 units would be reserved for households earning 50 percent or less of the average median income – or less than $27,300 for one person, according to federal data – while the remaining 10 would be for those earning 40 percent or less.
The company’s application states that the Oak Street Lofts project showed there was “immense demand for efficiency apartments in the $525-$675/month range, which is affordable for many low-income workers but in extremely short supply in the Portland area.”
“We want to make sure the housing we are building is the type of housing that people need and are looking for,” Payne added.
The average rent for a studio apartment (including heat) in Portland in 2012 was $695 a month while a one-bedroom apartment was $875 a month, according to annual surveys conducted by the Maine Real Estate Development Association. Those averages were 17.5 percent and 10 percent higher, respectively, than in 2010.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the “fair market” rent for an efficiency apartment in Portland this year is $688. The fair market rent for one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments is $819 and $1,012, respectively.
But price is not the only potential obstacle for those seeking rental housing. Availability has become a major concern in recent years.
A 7 percent vacancy rate is considered healthy for rental housing. Portland’s vacancy rate has been hovering around 2 percent.
“That really amounts to a housing crisis, and the people this really hurts are the low-income folks,” said Mark Adelson, executive director at the Portland Housing Authority, which administers Section 8 and other federal housing assistance programs in the city.
But Adelson noted that for the first time in 20 years developers have begun building new “market rate” apartment complexes – apartments where rents are not subsidized – precisely because the rising rental rates mean the owner can recoup building and financing costs. And that is important, Adelson said, because adding new rental units at all income levels helps to moderate the overall price.
• Units would range in price from $535 to $1,000 a month.
• Residents would make between $18,000 and $45,000 a year.
After just over three hours of public testimony and deliberation, the board voted 5-2 Tuesday night to endorse the rezoning of a significant section of land owned by the Portland Housing Authority to allow the agency to build an affordable housing project called Bayside Anchor.
The recommendation will go to the City Council, which has final authority over any zoning changes.
The rezoning proposal was highly controversial because the city’s planning staff recommended that the entire Portland Housing Authority campus and seven blocks next to the authority’s properties be rezoned. The measure that was endorsed by the board affects less land and far fewer properties.
East Bayside is a sprawling neighborhood that’s bordered by Franklin Street, Marginal Way, Anderson Street and Cumberland Avenue.
Several East Bayside residents said the process that the city used to inform neighbors about the proposed zoning change had not reached everyone – especially renters – and urged the city to postpone action. However, most of the residents who spoke said they supported the plan to build affordable housing.
Planning Board members heard the criticisms and agreed that the public outreach probably could have been handled more effectively. They also said it is important to support a project that promises to create affordable housing.
“I feel like we haven’t done our due diligence” regarding the sweeping proposal that would have rezoned most of East Bayside, said Planning Board member Jack Soley. “We’ll have to drop leaflets and change hearts and minds before that happens.”
Instead, the board recommended a more modest zoning change that would affect the parking lot at Boyd and Oxford streets where Bayside Anchor would be built.
The project would consist of 45 multifamily units, including 36 affordable units and nine market-rate units. The zoning change, if approved by the City Council, will allow a more densely developed four-story building and smaller setbacks than current zoning permits.
The change would also affect the Portland Housing Authority community center and two nearby properties. Board members rejected a proposal that would have rezoned all of the housing authority’s properties in East Bayside, including Kennedy Park, Bayside Terrace, Bayside East and 47-49 Boyd St.
“This is a very long brush to swipe across East Bayside,” said Cynthia Cochrane of Hammond Street.
Cochrane said she learned of the proposed zoning change on March 31.
Michele Kastner of Anderson Street urged the Planning Board to hold off on making a recommendation.
“I don’t think (achieving) density is a vision. It’s an objective, a goal,” Kastner said.
Planning Board Chairman Stuart O’Brien urged his colleagues to act.
“I agree that we could have more (public) process. It could take more time, but I wonder what would change.” O’Brien said. “I don’t think this zone change is going to create dramatic changes and I don’t think this is an experiment. It’s time for us to take the next step.”
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Many of you might not know (and for those of you who do) there is a proposal to change our current residential (R)-6 zone to R-7 zone in all/part of East Bayside. This proposal was initiated 6 weeks ago. There is a final Portland Planning Board meeting that we want you to know about. It will be held Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm, City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor. This will be the last meeting and opportunity to share your thoughts before the Planning Board votes and makes a recommendation to the City Council. To view the application for this proposal please visit: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/planning.htm#Current_Backup_Material
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We hope that you are able to make this very important meeting. If you are unable to make it however, you can submit written comments to Rick Knowland, Senior Planner at email@example.com or phone 874-8725. We also encourage you to contact City Councilor Kevin Donoghue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you all there.
East Bayside’s monthly neighborhood meeting will be today April 15, 7pm at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street.
Evan and Sasha from Bild Architecture will discuss the design options for Greenleaf Street. We will then discuss the the City Planning Board’s proposed zoning change from the current R-6 to R-7 for the entire East Bayside residential area.
Please come get informed so that you can take part in the decision-making of our neighborhood
This is a reminder of this months meeting Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 PM. This month we will be meeting at Zero station 222 Anderson St. We will discussing Jan Piribeck’s East Bayside King Tide Party.
King Tides are the highest tides of the year. Elevations flooded during todays King Tides will be flooded more often in the future as sea levels rise. King Tides offer a glimpse of the future here in Portland, and around the world. In 2013 there are seven tides with a predicted height of 11.6 feet or above in Portland. The only King Tide predicted to occur during daylight hours in 2013 is expected on December 4th.
We will be meeting our new Senior Lead Officer Jeffrey Druan, who will be working with Suna in the community policing center on Mayo Street.
This is a reminder of this months neighborhood meeting is Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 PM. We will be meeting at the Compass Project. 219 Anderson Street, accessed by walking all around the drive to the back of the building.
August 6th, 2013 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT (Parade and Block Party)
Tuesday August 6: East Bayside’s National Night Out – Neighborhood Parade & Bock Party
For one night only, families and neighbors are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors, and come out for a PARADE and BLOCK PARTY to promote neighborhood solidarity, safety, bicycles, art, music, and fun.
Parade Line-Up at Mayo Street Arts (10 Mayo Street) at 5:30 pm…parade departs at 6:00pm sharp, winding through the neighborhood, and ends at Peppermint Park on Cumberland Ave for a FREE BBQ and live music by neighborhood drumming ensemble BURUNDI BEATS!
FREE BBQ at Peppermint Park on Cumberland Ave to follow, with live music by Burundi Beats drum ensemble, a display of specialty police and fire vehicles, and kid’s activities and prizes. Guest speakers to include Chief Sauschuck, Herb Adams, and Mayor Brennan round out the evening.
Come march in the parade – join Burundi Beats drum ensemble, Nessie the Sea Dragon, puppets by the Children’s Puppet Workshop, MECA, and assorted neighborhood youth groups. Marchers/musicians/puppet carriers needed!
National Night Out is a collaboration between Portland Police, Community Policing, Mayo Street Arts, Portland Housing Authority, East Bayside Neighborhood Organization, Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Opportunity Alliance, The Root Cellar, Target, and MaineStay.
June 18th, 2013 monthly mtg, Mayo St Arts basement, 7pm
Hey All, just a friendly reminder that tonight June 18th is our monthly East Bayside Neighborhood meeting. On our agenda is a presentation by Lisa Fernandes from the Resilient Hub on Portland’s redesign of the Bayside Trail using edible landscaping. Blainor will talk about planning National Night Out. So far she haas participation from Mayo Street Arts, Target, Portland Police, Community Policing, and CPPC, and Blainor is hoping EBNO can shine at the event too!
Hope to see you all there 7pm at the Mayo Street Arts basement.
Join Mayo Street Arts this Sunday Dec 2nd, for the 2012 Big Chill arts, crafts and vintage sale. The Big Chill will benefit the Mayo Street Arts Center with 100% of the proceeds from vendor fees and our shiny, brand new silent auction.
Improvements for East Baysiders' walkways! Your input is needed.
Dear East Bayside Residents,
This Thursday, October 18th, 6:30-8pm a City project manager will be presenting BIG plans for improving our pedestrian pathways. Neighborhood folks are invited to come and participate. The meeting will be held at the Root Cellar on 94 Washington Ave.
Projects include: •Washington Avenue Shared Use Pathway - convert the existing 5’ sidewalk along Washington Avenue from Eastern Promenade to the Tukey St ramp to a 10’ shared use path with a 6’ esplanade (separating the path from Washington Avenue) •Tukey Street Ramp Pathway - convert the approx. 26’+ off-ramp to a 16’ ramp with 10’ shared use pathway from the Washington Avenue off-ramp to Anderson St/Bayside Trail with pedestrian flasher at the ramp crossing •3 Safe Routes to School Projects - pedestrian crossings at Washington/Eastern Promenade; Presumpscot School; Washington Ave at Maine Ave.
This months October 16th, Tuesday, 7pm, EBNO meeting WILL NOT be held at the Root Cellar on Washington Ave, it will instead be held at Tandem Coffee Roasters. Tandem is one of a few exciting new businesses that have made a home in East Bayside. They are located on 122 Anderson Street this months meeting location.
Weather update!! Come on over to Mayo Street Arts for the kickoff at 1pm. 10 Mayo Street https://www.facebook.com/mayostreetarts Then join us at The Root Cellar for the McKenzie Family Story hour at 1:30.
Join the East Bayside Organization on Saturday, September 29th from 1 to 5pm at Peppermint Park & Fox Field. We’re gonna celebrate!
Celebrate what exactly? Celebrate The Meeting Place’s year long arts-based community development project.
The Meeting Place is a multidisciplinary arts project designed to help five of Portland’s neighborhoods increase their capacity to meet these challenges by developing relationships, skills, knowledge and goals through tapping into the transformative power of the arts with a year long partnership with 10 professional artists and over 50 artists that live in the participating neighborhoods.
Maine Historical Society, in collaboration with Art at Work’s Meeting Place project, is collecting stories from four Portland neighborhoods, and we need your help. Please join us at MHS for a series of interactive, place-based storytelling workshops