Know the FACTS Urban Development Group (UDG) of Beaverton is planning to build a four-story 81-unit apartment building on the corner of 37th and SE Division St. There will be several storefronts on the Division side of the building and the main entrance will be on 37th. The building will have no permanent additional off street parking. Construction is planned for the summer of 2012. UDG is owned by a group of people, but the main people involved are David Mullens, Wally Remmers, Dennis Sackhoff and Don Sowieja from Myhre Group Architecture. The zoning codes for this space are CSm and CSb, which means that the site is split between two different codes. This means that there are specific criteria that the building must follow to fit within this space.
What's the PROBLEM? As a resident of Richmond we love to see development in the Richmond neighborhood and especially along the Division St corridor, but we want it done in a responsible, sustainable manner that respects the concerns of the community members. We want to see developers offset their growth and enormous footprint on the existing community. Current zoning laws do not require community input or design reviews that allow for discussion between developer and community members. They do not ensure new development is compatible with and enhances the character and livability of Portland’s neighborhoods. Current rules do not ensure that increased density in established neighborhoods makes a positive contribution to the area's character.
Support for our ARGUMENT
RNRG is an entirely volunteer, community group that is pro-growth, that loves to see development in the Richmond neighborhood and especially along the Division St corridor, but we want to see it done in a responsible, sustainable manner that respects the concerns of the community members.
This development and others like it will increase the amount of traffic.
This development and others like it will significantly decrease the parking in the neighborhood.
Latest census shows anywhere from 2.1-0.6cars/family. That adds anywhere from 170-49 cars.
Such a significant increase in street parking will decreasing the value of the immediate surrounding residences.
It is out of character with the rest of the neighborhood as there are almost no other 4-story buildings. There are no nearby four story buildings. All are 3 stories or shorter. The design calls for no LEED certification. The current design does not fall within the Division St/Green St plan, which calls for a smooth transition to the neighborhood.
This building is being built to maximize profit and minimize space. There are no provisions for fixed income people such as the elderly or handicapped. They are mostly studio apartment that are around 320 sq ft. and run for around $885 dollars/month per the developer.
Increase the demand on public transportation while at the same time funding for Trimet is being cut.
So far attempts to create dialogue have been rebuffed by the developer as they move ahead with their plans.
Bring a SOLUTION There are many solutions.
Reduce the height of the building so it is inline with the surrounding neighborhood environment.
Increase the size of the apartments. There is no need for so many apartments in one space. There are many apartment buildings going in throughout East Portland and there needs to a check to the growth.
Include office space. This would reduce density and provide adequate rental space.
Include permanent parking structures. This would reduce impact on the neighborhood