Meet your neighbors at happy hour!

Yes, it's that time again! The first Friday of the month is December 1, and that means Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Happy Hour. Treat yourself to a slice (and maybe a pint) and meet some friendly neighbors.

We will be at Lucky Lab on Killingsworth at 5:30. Look for our little table topper with the Arbor Lodge logo.

Kids are welcome, and you are too!


1805 N Rosa Parks Development - meet the architect 12/7 @ 6:30p

As the official land use connector for the City of Portland, Arbor Lodge will be hosting a meeting with the architect and development team for a proposed apartment complex at 1805 N Rosa Parks.
Meeting Details
  Thursday December 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM
  Kenton Firehouse
  8105 N Brandon Ave.
  Portland OR 97217

You can view the architectural drawings here. In brief, the complex as proposed will be:

  • 3 Stories, 18 units. 
  • Expected height is ~31' tall, which is appx the same height as the peak of the existing structure. 
  • Predominately 1 bedroom apts, with a mix of 2 bedroom + studio apartments as well
  • Total Square footage of 10-11,000 sq ft
  • Two entrances, both facing Fenwick
  • No onsite parking
  • Market Rate rents, not affordable housing as defined by the city
  • 10' setback to the north, 5-7' graduated set back to the west. Standard 2 to 3' set back south + east
  • One Douglas Fir will be retained on the NW corner of the site


November 16th Meeting Agenda

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday Evening, November 16th, 2017
Historic Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

6:30 – 6:45

Overview and Background on Board Roles, Sub Committees, Naming of Current Projects to get new members up to speed.

6:45 - 6:50 Statement on Houseless in Arbor Lodge

6:50 - 6:55 Request to PP&R to keep all North Portland park restrooms open year round

6:55 - 7:00 Update: 1805 N Rosa Parks 

7:00 - 7:05 Grants – Keep Arbor Lodge Pesticide Free

7:05 - 7:10 Tree Team Update

7:10 - 7:15 Funds in honor of Brian Duncan

7:15 - 7:20 Air Quality 

7:20 - 7:30 Treasury Report

7:30 - 7:40 Communications and Neighborhood Engagement

7:40 - 7:45 Review of Minutes


Do you use parks year-round?

We'd like feedback on the accessibility of restrooms in parks.

Please click here and tell us >>>  Should park restrooms stay open all year?


In case you missed it - N Greeley Neighbors Showed Up Big Time

Thank you to the 60 neighbors who packed the Madrona Hill Cafe for a North Portland Traffic Safety Open House October 25th. Sharing stories of traffic impacts on our neighborhoods makes it clear that we have so much work to do to improve safety. Keep showing up! If we all work together, we can make our neighborhoods the safe, walkable, bikeable, playable places that make living here so beautiful. Thank you to BikePortland.org for showing up and writing about the event, to Madrona Hill for hosting, and our passionate neighbors for organizing. 

We will be in touch with people who shared their emails with us to pull together a follow-up meeting in the beginning of 2018 - after the holiday season settles down. With that said, we offer some concrete short-term steps that people can take in the meantime:

Registering your concerns with the Vision Zero program: Call 503-823-SAFE.

Signage: Sign up to bring home some of those orange "Slow Down" signs

Continue to submit your concerns to our survey: Here

Follow the Arbor Lodge Traffic Safety Google Group: Here.

Creative Block Parties: Host an early-morning block party. It's as easy as completing an online permit request, paying $10, and setting up some barricades. 

Intersection Repair: See pictures of Intersection Paintings that have been supported by the City Repair Project. Learn more about how they can help you with your own project here. 

Advocate with State Reps: Show up to our State Representatives' Town Hall November 4: Please join Lew Frederick, State Senator, Oregon District #22, Representative Tawna Sanchez, and Tina Kotek for a town hall on November 4. They will debrief the 2017 session, discuss some community issues, and share what they’re hearing about the 2018 session. Bring your questions and priorities for North and Northeast Portland!
WHEN: Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: PCC Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall Auditorium
(on the corner of N. Kerby and N. Jessup)

Track State funding for transportation and weigh in on behalf of traffic safety for all users: Follow the Oregon process for distributing money to transportation projects in the 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Projects in the STIP are funded with taxpayer dollars, so ODOT is making every effort to get input from Oregonians about how they spend these funds. Check it out at oregon.gov/ODOT/STIP: On the website you can: Take a survey to provide input on funding priorities; Sign up for our STIP email list to get regular updates; Watch a new video to learn STIP fundamentals; Keep current by viewing videos and materials from the Oregon Transportation Commission meetings and read monthly STIP updates.


Tree Team October report

The Arbor Lodge Tree Team met this week - here is a very brief summary of our meeting:

**Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 8, 7pm at the Lucky Lab on Killingsworth come join us

We took action on 3 things:
1.  We will put together info on how to report a traffic sign obscured by either a tree or shrub to PBOT for pruning.  We will encourage property owners to do their own pruning too.  If PBOT does the work it does not require us to get a permit, or to haul the debris.  We hope this will increase car/bike/pedestrian safety in Arbor Lodge and prune trees and shrubs for health.
2.  We are planning a "Tree Walk".  We will announce this as soon as it is ready for walkers.
3.  We shared info with Urban Forestry about Arbor Lodge Park as they create the "story map" of the Park which will include Park Tree Inventory information.  It will be published online.  We may ask for a tri-fold pamphlet to distribute at ALNA events and to have in the Park Kiosk.

Other issues that need more discussion:
1.  We will publish the Tree-of-Heaven Eradication Now! website to encourage folks to remove this highly invasive tree asap.
2.  We may host our 3rd Spring Street Tree Pruning Event next April/May - will discuss in Nov.
3.  We may participate next year in Urban Forestry's Free Yard Tree Giveaway.    This would be about a year from now in the fall.  Free trees for private property - no permits required.
4.  We hope to participate in a Bureau of Environmental Services program next summer/fall to plant trees in front of commercial buildings and multi family buildings in Arbor Lodge.   This is free and includes 3 years of watering to help the trees get established.
5.  We encourage everyone in Arbor Lodge to volunteer with Friends of Trees, even just a yard sign to promote their work.  It all adds up to more trees in Arbor Lodge that offer us beauty, cleaner air, reducing our heat island issues, lower crime rates, higher public health outcomes - all documented via the US Forest Service and others.

2 books recommended for your reading pleasure:
Lab Girl - by Hope Jahren
The Hidden Life of TREES -by Peter Wohlleben


N Greeley Traffic Safety Open House

We have heard numerous concerns about N Greeley and surrounding streets feeling unsafe for walking, biking, and driving a car. Have you felt unsafe? If so, please join us for an Open House to discuss these issues on Wednesday October 25 from 6:30-8:00pm at Madrona Hill Cafe at 5937 N Greeley Ave.

Your input is important. You'll help identify where and when dangerous driving is endangering walkers, bicyclists, and other drivers in our neighborhood.

Free refreshments will be provided. Come enjoy mingling with your neighbors, and help us draw attention to this issue with city agencies.

You can also tell us about incidents you've witnessed by filling out our Arbor Lodge Traffic Survey. Call Traffic Safety & Neighborhood Liveability at 503.823.7233 and pick option 4 to report incidents.

Many thanks to Madrona Hill for providing the space. We hope to see you there!


Neighborhood Elections October 19 - You're Invited!

Join us for our Annual Membership and Elections meeting Thursday, October 19th, 2017.  All positions are open to new candidates each year, so if you are interested in being part of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Board, let us know!

Email board@arborlodgeneighborhood.com or simply attend our October 19th meeting, 6:30PM at the Kenton Firehouse on N Brandon and Schofield.

Board members contribute a couple hours per month towards projects of their choice. We expect everyone to regularly attend our monthly meetings, and then put a few hours towards some other project (new or existing) on behalf of the association some other time of the year.

Positions are open to people who live, own property and represent organizations and businesses in our neighborhood. ("Live in the Neighborhood" means that we also welcome renters' perspectives - come have a say and advocate for tenants' needs!)

The people below have already declared that they're interested in serving in the following positions, however all positions are open. We are eager to include everyone and all ideas and energies in ALNA. Neighbors who we know are running for the board as of our September 2017 meeting:
Ginger Edwards, Allen Wheeland, Nate Young, Amber Dennis, Star Dell'Era and Dale Crawford

We hope you'll add your name to the list!


Help us put the Park to bed - October 14

Just one week until the final work party of 2117 at Arbor Lodge Park. Join us to weed, spread bark mulch, flame weed curbing and baseball back stops and dug outs.  We'll provide snacks and water, then take up to 30 volunteers out for a free lunch at Azteca Burrito at noon.  Come meet neighbors, and help your Park.  

See you at 9 on October 14th!

"Put the Park to Bed for the Season"
What:  Work party to maintain spray free status at Arbor Lodge Park
When:  Saturday, October 14th, 9-12, noon
Where:  Arbor Lodge Park, meet at the west baseball diamond near Dekum (tool shed)
Why?    Help us keep our pesticide/herbicide free status and our Park looking good!


Funding Available for Community Projects

The 2018 North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) Small Grant Program Application is now available!

Is your organization looking for funding for community activities that engage people in the North Portland Neighborhood Services area? Submit a project proposal! This year a total of $13,000. is available to neighborhood
and community organizations. Grant proposals generally range from $500-$3000.

The goals of the Small Grant Program include building strong and diverse community participation, leadership and community connections. Review the 2018 grant application and find out about the grant program, goals, and requirements. Visit our website for more details: www.npnscommunity.org

Grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for:
September 19 th 7:00-8:00 pm
October 5 th 7:00-8:00 pm
at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon.

You will learn about grant writing, the application and selection process, meet with committee members, hear about other projects seeking grant funding for possible collaboration, and how to get individual help with your grant.

Project Proposals due:
Monday, November 13, 2017 by 2:00 pm