In response to the story Rose City Park advises conditional approval for ‘TacoTime’ project, published in the March 2017 Star News, we published a letter in our April edition from Rose City Park neighbor John Nikkel – who is opposed to the six-story, 88-unit apartment building. Northeast Portland neighbor Lenny Anderson responds to some of Nikkels concerns in the letter below.
To the editor: Mr. Nikkel errors in suggesting that the proposed “Taco Time Apartments” will be the “only six-story building.” It is actually the first of many, and it’s about time. Sandy Boulevard has long suffered from an excess of parking lots, underused property, and even vacant lots. It’s great to see the market respond to Portland’s need for all kinds of housing by building and, more importantly, building up.
One way to mitigate impacts of larger structures on busy thoroughfares with excellent transit would be to allow duplexes, triplexes and even four-unit buildings throughout Portland’s single-family home neighborhoods, including my own. As for parking demand … a monthly charge for all parking in the public right-of-way would lay those worries to rest in an instant.
Lenny Anderson, Northeast Portland neighbor
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