Portland Mayor Charlie Hales jumped into the heated discussions about what will be built on the long-vacant lot on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Alberta Street. The relatively new advocacy group, the Portland African American Leadership Forum, drew a lot of criticism when Trader Joe’s backed out of the development deal that would have made it the anchor retail business.
This week Hales convened a meeting with leaders of the African-American community, neighborhood and business representatives. He announced he would work to bring Trader Joe’s back to the table. He also called on the city to allocate an additional $20 million dollars in affordable housing money that would go for housing in the Interstate Urban Renewal Area, which includes the NE MLK Jr. and Alberta lot.
Do you live in inner N/NE Portland? Do you live in affordable housing? Do you need affordable housing? What questions do you have about possible new housing projects?
- Maxine Fitzpatrick: Executive director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI)
- John Epstein: Lending Manager with the Community Lending and Investing Division of Wells Fargo Bank