August 6, 2003 |
Bureau of Development Services
Land Use Review Section
Attn. Duncan Brown and Kate Green
1900 SW Fourth Ave, Ste. 5000
Portland, OR 97201
cc: Brian Rohter, President of New Seasons; Susan Pearce, Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood association; Douglas Klotz, Richmond neighborhood association; Nancy Chapin, Division/Clinton Business Association
Re: Case File LU 03-125469 CP ZC AD (New Seasons Market)
Dear Mr. Brown & Ms. Green:
We, the undersigned, have concerns about the above referenced case that is scheduled for hearing on August 18. We feel that the rezoning changes as currently proposed will have adverse affects on Southeast Portland, specifically the Hosford-Abernathy and Richmond neighborhoods. Here are some of the concerns we are bringing to your attention:
- Automobile and truck traffic will increase on neighboring streets. SE Division, a major traffic corridor, will become even busier, further endangering cyclists and pedestrians. Worse yet, Clinton St. and 21st Avenue will also see increases and both these streets run through primarily residential areas with many children, bicyclists, and pets. Additionally, the intersection of 21st, Division, and SE Ladd Avenue is already clogged; waits there are lengthy for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike and will become worse. Air pollution will worsen from the increased number of waiting vehicles.
- The loss of the house at 1924-1926 SE Division will result in a loss of housing in the neighborhood. People live in this duplex, and they will have to move if the zoning change goes through and the building is demolished or moved. Even if the house is moved, it might be impossible to find a suitable location for it in the same neighborhood, which will result in a net loss of housing in the local area. The property at 2024-2038 SE 39th Avenue, which is being offered to replace it, is currently unsuitable for housing' the result will be a net loss in housing at the city-level until replacement housing is built there.
- The loss of the house at 1924-1926 SE Division will negatively change the character of the neighborhood. The house, which dates to the earlier part of the 20th Century, is representative of the character of the surrounding streets, which are primarily residential with leafy trees and flower gardens. If a commercial establishment takes over this spot, an important contributor to the flavor of the neighborhood will be lost, especially if the new establishment puts dumpsters there, right next to the St. Philip Neri convent.
- The zoning designation for 2543 SE 20th Avenue, "CN2", is inappropriate for a commercial establishment of the size and scope planned by New Seasons. CN2 is "intended for small commercial sites and areas in or near less dense or developing residental neighborhoods. Emphasis of the zone is on uses that provide services for nearby residential areas, and on other uses that are small scale and have little impact." The surrounding neighborhoods are established, not "developing", and are fairly well filled in, not "less dense". The New Seasons store as planned is not "small" or "small scale" when compared with other businesses in the area, and will certainly have more than a "little" impact.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
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