July 15, 2018 E-News
The Homestead Neighborhood Association normally meets the First Tuesday of every month,7p m at the OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center; 707 SW Gaines, Third Floor. 

It's almost PICNIC time!!! 

Please join us August 7 at the Lilac Gardens 6:30-9:00 pm near the intersection of Terwilliger and Sam Jackson.

We are still in need of help for the following tasks - set up and take down, 2 chefs to relieve or assist the two volunteer chefs, a large cooler that could be delivered to the person in charge of food (near St. Elizabeth's church on 6th Ave, Drive), a small gas grill (delivered to and from the picnic site), and assistance with delivery of flyers. If you can help contact Ann at 503-223-9637 or email .


The Homestead Neighborhood Association met July 3 to discuss the following issues and make decisions on positions or responses.
Southwest Corridor Draft Impact Statement (Proposed Light Rail Project)

This voluminous document was recently released requesting comments be returned by July 30. The study supplements the initial work that determined best routes to be used for this light rail project. The document is huge and divided into three segments. The segment directly affecting Homestead is Segment A. Inner Portland (downtown to Barbur near Brier Place).

At the July 3 meeting we reviewed a Southwest Corridor-Light Rail Project summary document prepared by Ed Fischer, President and Transportation Chair and Options for the Marquam Hill Connection. The board agreed to prepare the Homestead response that would include the following elements.

1. Support the initial route for a Barbur alignment

2. Oppose at-grade crossings of Terwilliger and support below-grade crossings as a product of the Marquam Hill Connector. Specifically, at-grade crossings with stop signs for lights would divert traffic into our neighborhood. 

3. Oppose the 'East Side Running' Light Rail option at Barbur Woods as it would negatively impact the traffic flow when light rail crosses traffic lanes.

It is very important to take time to review this document and send comments before July 30. You can find the entire document at  A review and comment link will be found on the main page.


Veteran's Hospital Seismic Retrofit Project

Margeaux Macchiaverna, VA Sr. Planner and John Dodier, VA Facilities Mgmt. attended to update Homestead regarding a proposal to retrofit the main hospital (bldg.100), the admin bldg. (101)., underground parking (bldg. 102) and skybridge that connects bldgs. 101-104 and possibly the skybridge between OHSU and the VA.

In order to continue operations during this major construction project, a new building will be constructed as a swing space. The project also includes the addition of 600 new parking spaces and the demolition of old bldg. (T51) and a trailer. The project will not effectively increase clinical services.

The design phase may begin June 2019, construction of new building completed 2022-26 with the entire project completed by 2027-31. Margaux handed out a VA Seismic Retrofit project timeline and will meet again with Homestead when the VA has selected the site of the new building.

Homestead stated it would most likely be opposed to adding 600 new parking spaces, especially when no added patient services are being added.


Trail News

OHSU has had new steps installed on a portion of Whitaker Trail. They are much less precarious and will hopefully stand up better to winter rains. Thank you OHSU!


Make your voice heard.........
The year ahead will be a busy one filled with discussions and important decisions that affect the Homestead area.  If you want to be part of the conversation you can become a member using the membership form found on our website. 

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Jackie Phillips 
Vice-President, Homestead Neighborhood Association 

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Neighborhood meetings are held at 7:00pm, the first Tuesday of each month during the school year at the OHSU CDRC, 3rd Floor, SW 6th and SW Gaines.

You are invited to join us for our monthly meetings and frequent park events!




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