Through engagement and feedback from the project’s former Community Advisory Committee (sunset in August 2020) and other stakeholder outreach, ODOT acted and formed the Historic Albina Advisory Board (HAAB). 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 directly benefits from the investments of this project.
The HAAB brings community perspectives into the project’s decision-making process concerning elements that most directly support community connections and wealth generation in the Black and historic Albina community. Areas of advice and recommendations may include the following:
- Highway cover design responsive to community economic development needs, public health and aesthetic desires
- Connections between the highway and local streets and paths to improve movements for people within and through the project area
- Input to partnership opportunities to support community wealth generation through project area re-development, including potential partnerships between ODOT and other agencies, businesses and organizations
Board members will review project information, discuss and deliberate, and provide interest- and value-based advice and recommendations directly to the Executive Steering Committee (ESC) to substantively inform its recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC).