I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Historic Albina Advisory Board Meeting on April 6, 2021

For more information, contact: Tia Williams, 971-378-4295, Tia.Williams@odot.state.or.us

Project’s Historic Albina Advisory Board Meeting on April 6, 2021

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Historic Albina Advisory Board meeting.

On Tuesday, April 6, the Historic Albina Advisory Board will meet online from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page for more information.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting.

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting will be shared with board members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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Share Your Vision for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Highway Covers

March 3, 2020

We invite you to make your voice heard! Help determine the future development scenarios for the I-5 highway covers in the Rose Quarter area.

The highway covers can add new community space above Interstate 5 between Interstates 84 and 405 in the Albina area. They have the potential to add economic value through redevelopment that truly reconnects the community. The space could be used for affordable housing, local businesses, or community organizations and open spaces that reflect the historic Albina community. Your input is important and will inform and guide the direction of how the I-5 highway covers support the Albina neighborhood vision for generations to come!

An independent assessment team retained by the Oregon Department of Transportation, at the direction of the Oregon Transportation Commission, wants to make sure the project matches the community’s vision for the Albina area and invites members of the community to join a series of three online open houses. Your input will help the team define options for what the future highway covers can look like, assess the benefits of each and evaluate how they can function to reconnect the Lower Albina area to the rest of the historic community. Visit the website to have your voice heard!

 

Online Open House #1, Now through March 15

The first online open house will discuss how the highway covers can be used to support the community’s vision for neighborhood revitalization and provide restorative justice that supports the historic and local community’s desired outcomes and needs.

 

Online Open House #2, April 16-April 30

The second online open house will review and refine potential development scenarios, assessing how the design of each scenario supports the community’s vision and restorative justice outcomes.

 

Online Open House #3, June 4-June 18

The third and final online open house will review final development scenarios borne out of the vision and outcomes discussed in previous sessions and evaluate and rank each development scenario’s performance in relationship to the community’s values and feasibility.

 

Last year, in response to direction from the Governor and requests from project stakeholders, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to retain a consultant team of local and national urban design, engineering, and environmental experts to conduct an independent assessment of the highway cover designs included in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The requests from Metro, Multnomah County, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Albina Vision Trust shaped the creation of the independent assessment process.

 

The goal for this independent team is to understand the vision and goals of stakeholders in the project area, generate potential highway cover scenarios, and assess the impacts and benefits of these scenarios. Considering how to rebuild the neighborhood, promote economic development, and better serve the historic Albina Community, an independent cover assessment team is working to develop three design scenarios for the highway covers with influence from the Historic Albina Advisory Board and guidance from the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Executive Steering Committee. The team is also seeking direct input from Black community members from the historic Albina neighborhood and other stakeholders through a series of virtual workshops and is inviting broader community input through online open houses, surveys, and public comment opportunities.

In response to Governor Kate Brown’s directive to “Stay Home, Save Lives,” all Project public meetings are being held on a virtual platform. We are committed to maintaining accessibility and transparency for all public meetings. Look to the Project  website for opportunities to get involved. Visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page for more information.

 

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting

February 26, 2021

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend a meeting of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Community Oversight Advisory Committee.

On Thursday, March 4 the Community Oversight Advisory Committee will be meeting online from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page from more information.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting for up to one minute via phone (the number is provided at the beginning of the meeting and listed on the events page).

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Executive Steering Committee and Historic Albina Advisory Board to meet online in February

February 15, 2021

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend both the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Executive Steering Committee and the Historic Albina Advisory Board meetings.

On Monday, February 22, the Executive Steering Committee will meet online from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page for more information.

On Tuesday, February 23, the Historic Albina Advisory Board will meet online from 4:00 – 6:45 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page from more information.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting for up to one minute via phone (the number is provided at the beginning of the meeting and listed on the events page).

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting will be shared with committee or board members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

These are virtual meetings in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meetings will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Historic Albina Advisory Board to meet on February 2, 2021

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Historic Albina Advisory Board meeting

On Tuesday, February 2, the Historic Albina Advisory Board will meet online from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page for more information.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting (see the events page for more information).

Comments received by 11 a.m. the business day before the meeting will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Historic Albina Advisory Board Members Selected

January 4, 2021

Contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971.233.6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

Today, ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office announced the 13 members of the new Historic Albina Advisory Board. The Board will advise the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and its Executive Steering Committee about project design and how the project can support future development opportunities within the historic Albina neighborhood. This volunteer Board will include Black Portlanders with strong connections to historic Albina.

“The purpose of the Board is to elevate voices in the Black community to ensure that project outcomes reflect community interests and values, and that historic Albina benefits from the investments of this project,” said Megan Channell, Project Director.

The Board includes appointed members and at-large members selected through a public application process. The ten appointed members were identified by ODOT’s strategic engagement team led by Ericka Warren of Try Excellence, LLC., a third-generation Portlander, who will also serve as the Board’s facilitator. The members at-large were chosen and interviewed by the strategic engagement team through a collaborative process with ODOT and Metro as a project partner. “It was our goal to identify individuals with deep personal ties to Albina, whose professional and volunteer experience serve the community and who are willing to work collaboratively to bring positive change,” said Warren. “In line with doing business differently, ODOT empowered a team of strategic advisors deeply connected and invested in this community to lead this charge, which is a positive first step.”

ODOT brought Try Excellence, LLC to the table to help in strategy development as it pertains to community relations, particularly related to building connections and facilitating conversations between the agency and the Black community. “We felt that this was a great opportunity to help influence the potential for growth and change in this area,” said Dr. Steven Holt, Founder and President of Try Excellence, LLC and facilitator of the project’s Executive Steering Committee.

The Board was set up to advance the project’s values and provide meaningful opportunities for those with deep ties to Albina who have been impacted by past harm to influence the project design. “The Historic Albina Advisory Board really developed as a result of wanting to have measurable outcomes associated with the ideal of elevating the voices of the Black community and those that were historically harmed by past transportation projects,” Ericka Warren said.

When asked what success looks like for the Historic Albina Advisory Board, Warren said, “To me, success means thoughtful and authentic conversations between the Board and ODOT that lead to realizing growth and positive change in Albina.” She added, “Honest conversations and community-led outcomes will help to reduce the trust deficit between the Black community and ODOT after years of living in and with a systemically racist transportation system.”

The Historic Albina Advisory Board is scheduled to meet January 12, 2021. The list of members can be found here. Meeting materials and the agenda for the first meeting will be posted this week at https://www.i5rosequarter.org/events/.

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project receives final environmental decision from the Federal Highway Administration

November 6, 2020

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514 april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

PORTLAND, OR – Today, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, joined with a Revised Environmental Assessment. This marks the completion of the environmental review phase under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the project and provides direction to proceed with designing the Build Alternative.

In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Oregon Department of Transportation published the Revised Environmental Assessment and the Finding of No Significant Impact for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The Revised Environmental Assessment includes copies of all comments received during the 45-day comment period on the 2019 Environmental Assessment and a summary of ODOT’s and FHWA’s comment responses. In direct response to several public comments, including comments from the City of Portland, the project team took action to modify the design concept to avoid impacts to the Eastbank Esplanade. The southbound segment of Interstate 5 south of I-84 has been modified such that it no longer encroaches over the Eastbank Esplanade. With this change, the project will no longer require construction in the Willamette River.

Also in direct response to partner agency and stakeholder feedback on the Environmental Assessment, in January 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to conduct an environmental peer review of the project’s Environmental Assessment analysis on air quality, noise and greenhouse emissions. The peer review panel included air and noise quality experts from around the country who reviewed ODOT’s methodologies and findings to determine if they were conducted correctly. The Peer Review Report agreed with ODOT’s original findings for air quality, noise, and greenhouse gas emissions impacts for the project and did not suggest that ODOT conduct additional environmental studies. This Peer Review helped support the publication of the Revised Environmental Assessment .

The Project Director, Megan Channell acknowledged while this is a milestone for the project there is still more work to do. “While this closes the chapter on the Environmental Assessment, now the real works begin,” she stated. “We are excited to work with the community and our project partners to design and build a project that provides the most community benefit. Moving forward we are centering the project’s process to elevate the voices of the Black community.”

The next chapter includes convening three advisory bodies, the Executive Steering Committee, the Historic Albina Advisory Board, and the Community Oversight Advisory Committee. The Executive Steering Committee convened in May 2020 and is made up of elected and local leadership. The Historic Albina Advisory Board is still being formed but will be made up of community members with ties to historic Albina. Both groups will help shape the look and feel of the highway covers and local streets for the final project, and will meet on a regular basis moving forward. The Community Oversight Advisory Board convened in March 2019 and provides an oversight for the project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and workforce program.

“The Project is only at 15% design,” said Channell, “and these three committees along with extensive and intentional outreach to community members will guide ODOT and inform the project moving forward.” In addition to the outreach, ODOT announced hiring a Construction Manager/General Contractor team that will unlock opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises which includes minority- and women-owned businesses.

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To read the Report which includes Appendices, please visit: https://www.i5rosequarter.org/library/

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Executive Steering Committee Meeting September 28

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Executive Steering Committee meeting.

On Monday, September 28, the Executive Steering Committee will meet online from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The committee will hear a project update, seek adoption of its values and charter and learn about the Independent Highway Cover Assessment.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting.

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting and will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project convenes new community board in response to stakeholder input

For more information, contact April deLeon-Galloway, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us, 971-233-6514

PORTLAND — ODOT announced today it is ending the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s current Community Advisory Committee and replacing it with a board of individuals with historic ties to Albina. The move will intentionally center voices of the Black community to shape the project.

“In response to community input, and consistent with the shared values we have with current and former partners around restorative justice, we need to elevate Black voices to advise the project’s design,” said Brendan Finn, Director of ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office. “We are putting words into actions by prioritizing the formation of a new Historic Albina Advisory Board.”

Megan Channell, Project Director said, “After focused engagement with the Black community and hearing the input, we are taking action to achieve an even greater focus on the voices of Black Portlanders as we begin to make design decisions.”

In addition to engagement with the Black community, the project recently convened an Executive Steering Committee, which is developing a set of values, with the need to address past harms at its core.

Finn said “We also have expanded our project team to include community leaders to help us build relationships with the Albina community, make sure we do it right, and make sure the board is comprised of members with deep ties to the area. We thank the Community Advisory Committee members for their service and input. Their valuable comments and feedback will live on in the work we do and will inform the work of project partners and this new Board,” Finn concluded.

The Historic Albina Advisory Board will advise the Executive Steering Committee on project design elements, including the highway covers. It will have up to 17 people, with 11 appointed by ODOT and partners and six at-large. The board will conduct its work in partnership with the Executive Steering Committee and the Oregon Transportation Commission.

Applications for the at-large positions will be online in late September. Members of the Community Advisory Committee will have the opportunity to submit an indication of interest for the new committee. The new board is expected to have its first meeting before the end of this year. Channell said: “We want to do this right and take the time we need to develop long-term relationships with the people on this Board and the Black community.”

About the project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is committed to supporting a safer, more just and inclusive Albina community and greater Portland region. The project will make local, regional, and international travel more predictable and reduce frequent crashes on the I-5 corridor, supporting Oregon’s economy, and will create new community connections to support future economic development. We must ensure the historic Albina community benefits from the investment of this project.

On I-5, the project will add auxiliary lanes and shoulders to improve travel reliability and safety and will smooth traffic flow between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates meet at the top traffic bottleneck in Oregon.

The project is led by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The Oregon State Legislature identified the project as a key transportation investment in 2017.

Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at: www.i5rosequarter.org

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Community Advisory Committee will meet online July 23

July 16, 2020

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Advisory Committee meeting.

On Thursday, July 23, the Community Advisory Committee will meet online from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The committee will hear ODOT’s response to last meeting’s listening session and learn about the Project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Workforce Program.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting.

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting and will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Meetings are open to everyone

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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