The purpose of the Historic Albina Advisory 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. ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office formed the Board in December 2020 based on the project’s values and feedback from the community, including the project’s former Community Advisory Committee (sunset in August 2020).
The Board brings community perspectives into the project’s decision-making process concerning elements that most directly support community connections, urban design and wealth generation in the Black and historic Albina community. Areas of advice and recommendations 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 review project information, discuss and deliberate, and provide interest- and value-based advice and recommendations directly to the Executive Steering Committee to substantively inform its recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission.
Click here for the news release announcing the Historic Albina Advisory Board.