We are writing to provide you an update on the status of the 7-Eleven
planned for the corner of NE Killingsworth and NE 15th. We also have a survey
that we would love you to complete, so we can better understand your opinions.
As you may know we held a public meeting last week so that residents could voice their concerns about the planned 7-Eleven. The overwhelming majority of those in attendance expressed concerns about the negative impacts of another convenient store at that location. So a few volunteers met this past weekend to form a strategy on our next actions.
The Vernon Neighborhood Association Board has officially decided to oppose the 7-Eleven development due to the existence of three locally and minority-owned convenient stores within one block of the proposed location, which would be threatened by a 7-Eleven. We are also concerned about traffic safety impacts on bicyclists and pedestrians, especially the children walking to Vernon School each day and those that use the Number 8 bus. We also feel strongly that a 7-Eleven will not help improve the safety and livability of our neighborhood.
However, according to City officials, the CS zoning
at the location allows convenient stores to be built. Our plan is to put pressure on the City and the property owner (who is about to sign a 10 year lease with 7-11) to reconsider their decision. Neighbors around Portland have successfully been able to do this in the past. Your actions count!
How You Can Take Action
(if you are opposed to the 7-Eleven)
1) Please take our survey below
2) Please consider calling and/or emailing Commissioner Fritz: firstname.lastname@example.org
who oversees the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Commissioner Saltzman: Dan@portlandoregon.gov who oversees the Bureau of Development Services about your concerns
3) You can contact the new owner of the property: MAJ Development: 360-823-5125
4) If you have not already done so, please Like the Vernon Neighborhood on Facebook
so you can stay updated
4) If you would like to go door-to-door and talk to your neighbors to collect signatures in opposition, contact Adriane: email@example.com, who is heading up our public outreach team.