By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Lester Viles North Portland Project Association is awarding $10,000 to six organizations and small businesses serving North Portland.
A bequest from the estate of Viles, a North Portland businessman himself, founded the association in 2007 with the idea that strong businesses are an integral part of vibrant communities.
“We help North Portland businesses grow and thrive through community improvement micro grants,” said Steve Weir, board chairman of the association.
Kenton businesses receiving grants include Posies Bakery & Café, up to $1,500 for waterproof flooring and interior paint; Salvage Works, up to $960 to install a bike rack for patrons and staff to improve bike commuting, personal property safety and enhance the block’s appearance; Parkside Pub, $5,140 to install awnings, planters, a new marquee and a community board to increase visibility of businesses on North Willis Boulevard.
The Overlook Neighborhood Association and Viva La Free will receive $1,000 to complete a community mural, highlighting the area history, at 4001 N. Interstate Ave. In Arbor Lodge, the Inner Essence Healing Center will receive $600 to buy and install sidewalk planters in front of the newly renovated Brandon Building.
In St. Johns, the Aspire Project will receive $800 to install security cameras near entrances to its studio to make the area safer and improve the corner’s appearance.