Upcoming Elections: Calling All Candidates

Want to become more involved and help your community? The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, a volunteer organization, will hold elections at its May meeting. Nominations are open for five positions (of nine total), including President, Secretary and three General Board positions. The Board engages the community and sets the agenda for monthly Board and bi-monthly General meetings. You can find details on the duties of individual positions in the Bylaws section of the website at SunnysidePortland.org. If you are interested in being on the Board or know someone who is, please contact [email protected]. Remember, Portland is what we make it! 

Inner Eastside For All

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association has been asked to sign onto a letter supporting the rezoning of Sunnyside and other eastside neighborhoods to allow for more multi-family housing. The group requesting our support, Portland: Neighbors Welcome, is a volunteer organization that advocates for housing abundance and tenants’ advocacy. The “Inner Eastside for All” concept proposes to re-legalize a broader range of housing types, up to multi-family mixed-use buildings throughout the Inner Eastside beyond transit corridors. The suggested boundaries for this rezone run from SE 12th out to 60th and from NE Fremont down to Powell Blvd. According to the letter, “Rezoning to allow additional mixed-use and multifamily buildings in large parts of the district will serve many more residents and allow many more homes within several blocks of shops and transit,” and the “vision is for the Inner Eastside to achieve a more equitable version of the NW Alphabet District: a dynamic, walkable
neighborhood with a mix of mid-sized apartment buildings, single-family homes, and every type in-between, well-served by transit, and with commercial centers, corner stores, and shared neighborhood spaces.” Matt Tuckerbaum from Portland: Neighbors Welcome will be at our March meeting to tell us more about this proposed concept.

Love your library? Help make it better!

The Belmont Library is one of the busiest in the country and after an upcoming renovation it will be bigger, too. Plans are underway to renovate the existing building and add an addition for a total of 15,000 square feet, more than doubling the available square footage. After the design phase, construction is expected to begin late next year with a ribbon-cutting in late 2025. But first, we need to hear from you. Library director Vailey Oehlke and the project architect Jeanie Lai will be at our General Meeting Thursday, November 9th to provide an update and hear your thoughts on the most important features for the renovated building. We hope to see you there.