Neighbors and Business Associations along NE Sandy Blvd. are invited to the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1
Sandy Blvd business owners have raised concerns about the Rose Lane Project and the anticipated changes with regards to removal of on-street parking. We are interested in getting your feedback about how this may or may not impact your business.
We have scheduled a virtual meeting on December 1, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm via Zoom with business owners on or near Sandy Blvd and any neighbors that will be affected as this project continues. Please contact Ronda Johnson at 503-823-2780 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in this meeting. A Zoom link has been provided at the end of this letter.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that Chloe Eudaly, Transportation Commission and Portland City Council worked over two years to create the Rose Lane Project and City Council approved it June 2018. Although there were meetings conducted by TriMet and the City of Portland for the public to attend and give feedback, some business owners and neighbors do not feel they were informed of the meetings or were given notice far enough in advance about when and where the meetings were being held.
There are concerns from business owners that projects such as the recent installation of a BAT lane (bus and turn lane) at the corner of Prescott Street and Sandy Blvd that removed on-street parking did not send specific notification to businesses and residents on or near Sandy Blvd. Unless you have researched the project you may not have been aware of the proposed changes.
There are also concerns about the impact of this project on businesses all along Sandy Blvd, not just east of NE 82nd Avenue. Concerns include the impact to mail carriers and businesses that regularly receive shipments and where they might park.
We have heard, but not had confirmed at this time, Sandy Blvd, a heavily used truck and traffic route, may become a “road diet”, and downsized to one lane each way, a bus lane AND a bike lane and NO street parking. One idea expressed which might be more cost effective and efficient would be to combine the bus and bike lane into one lane. We need to think about how this will affect the businesses and neighborhoods. Bus #12 route runs on Sandy Blvd from the Hollywood Transit Center and completes its route at the Parkrose Transit Center. It seems extreme to have only one vehicle lane in each direction when busses run about every 20 minutes. The east end of Sandy Blvd is subject to bus and vehicle traffic from Vancouver commuters. This traffic happens weekdays at high commute times.
At our first Zoom meeting, we plan on getting your feedback and sharing any information we have available. We are hoping to have some businesses attend that have already had this project completed in their areas and hear the impact it has had on their businesses. We encourage questions that we may then present to the Rose Lane Project Committee at a second public Zoom meeting in January or February of 2021.
–Alison Stoll, CNN Coalition
If you would like additional information about the Rose Lane Project, you may find it at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/753783 or https://www.portland.gov/transportation/rose-lanes/rose-lane-project
Thank you for your time and we look forward to meeting you and sharing feedback at the December 1, 2020 Zoom meeting.
To receive an invite to the Zoom meeting, please RSVP to: Ronda Johnson at email@example.com or 503-823-2780
Topic: Sandy Blvd Rose Lane Project
Meeting Time: Dec 1, 2020 06:30 PM PT
Meeting ID: 842 3403 6226
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