On February 21, Rose City Park Neighborhood Association chair Tamara DeRidder wrote the Land Use Services section of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services that the association’s land use and transportation committee recommended approval of the proposed development of the property at 5036 N.E. Sandy Blvd. “subject to conditions regarding safety and other concerns.” DeRidder sent the letter after a committee meeting the previous week attended by more than two dozen neighbors.
Developer Vic Remmers is proposing to raze the vacant former Taco Time restaurant and combine the property with a residential parcel to the south to construct a mixed-use, six-story building with 88 units of apartments on the top five floors and commercial space, apartment lobby and 21-space parking on the ground floor. Most of those attending the meeting opposed the development because of its height and lack of adequate parking, also citing pedestrian safety and traffic concerns.
DeRidder said the 65-foot tall building should prompt a study of how the new structure would block sunlight. “This proposed six-story structure will have a dramatic impact through the loss of all western sunlight on residents to the east of the site,” she wrote.
DeRidder also said the committee was unanimously opposed to the proposed eight-foot-wide parking stalls and recommended that nine-foot standard width be used.
The committee did give majority support for a variance to the city code to allow the installation of “tandem/stacked parking without the need for a valet to be on hand.”
The committee also recommended more off-street parking, because “there is a finite amount of on-street parking available within a two-block perimeter/within walking distance along Sandy Boulevard.” The committee added that customers for local businesses and new residents both will need nearby parking: “Without such parking neither will thrive.”
DeRidder told the bureau that new pedestrian crossing striping should be installed at Northeast 51st Ave. and Sandy Boulevard, with a proposed curb/sidewalk bump out for this project where the Rheinlander restaurant is slated for redevelopment. The committee said the crossing configuration would “create a safe pedestrian crossing for new residents to access TriMet stops and to legalize a current pattern of crossings by customers accessing the Laurelwood Public House.”
The period for comment on the development closed February 22.