Marianne Banke and her Hollywood Community Acupuncture Office Manager Janine Holly are not looking forward to the next five to 12 months. They are resolved, however, to work with developers of a new four-story, 56-unit, dorm-like residence on the lot south of the clinic to make the next year as bearable as possible for their business and their patients. They are facing the specter of demolition of a private house, excavation and construction that will literally leave the clinic in the new building’s shadow.
“With less sunshine and noisier conditions, we’re most concerned about the construction,” Banke noted, “and then the long-term, permanent parking and traffic congestion on this street.” The City of Portland has mandated no additional off-street parking on Northeast 41st Avenue between Broadway and Halsey Street.
“We hope we don’t lose lots of clients during construction, and we’re going to adjust our hours to give our patients the best possible treatment experience,” Banke added, explaining that current morning and afternoon hours will have to be shifted to late afternoon and evening hours. Even though most clinic clientele are reassuring that they will stick with Community Acupuncture, Banke says she may be forced to look for another spot from which to operate.
Banke asserts that small businesses are being left behind as the City enables developers to radically change the Hollywood neighborhood and business district character. “What we need is a small business advocate, because, without a voice for us, we’re left to conclude that big business rules,” she added, claiming to have received no substantive response from City Hall to any small-business concerns.