Tag: Jacksons Food Stores

82nd Ave Mural Guidance Meeting

A new mural is coming to the corner of 82nd Ave and NE Glisan as part of the Jacksons’ gas station redevelopment. Hector H. Hernandez will create the public artwork in the ceramic-tile mosaic style. However, community participation in guiding the mural project is needed.

Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) will host an online meeting to solicit public input regarding the art installation. The discussion is held via Zoom this Monday evening, November 30th, at 6:30 PM. Those unable to attend or who want to contribute in multiple ways can call 503-660-8659 or fill out an online form to provide written feedback. Callers leaving a voicemail should limit calls to 3 minutes.

Regardless of how community members choose to contribute to the project, MNA asks people first to visit the Land Use and Transportation page and read about the project and its chosen theme. As this project will be a visible marker of the neighborhood, it must reflect the diverse nature of Montavilla. Participation in this project will help all residents make a lasting mark on the local culture and its public perception.

Zoom Meeting signup link: https://forms.gle/iK9c6EokzMCs9rBv6


Main image is a recent painted mural by artist Hector H. Hernandez

Disclosure: The Author of this article serves on the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board.

Mosaic’s Artist Considered

Board members reviewed the works of artist Hector H Hernandez at the September 14th Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting. Hernandez is the preferred candidate to create Montavilla’s newest piece of public art. MNA is working with Jacksons Food Stores to create a tile-mosaic as part of the new gas station and store at 515 NE 82nd Ave.

The mosaic will be part of a new Pedestrian Plaza at the southeast corner of the property. It will face the intersection of NE Glisan Street and 82nd Ave and create a barrier between the gas station and the plaza area. The task of finding an artist from the community, and working with Jacksons Food Stores to commission the project, is the responsibility of board member Adam Wilson. Wilson sought community input at previous MNA meetings and searched within the Portland art community. Hernandez became the preferred candidate, based on the project requirements and his portfolio. 

The initial specification for the project calls for a four-foot by forty-foot mosaic. Jacksons Food Stores is willing to commit $10,000 towards the artwork. However, that may be insufficient for the size of the project. The artist estimates the costs closer to $20,000. MNA board members reviewed Hernandez’s work at the meeting and expressed a desire to find a solution to the funding gap.

Hector H Hernandez’s work includes many public murals in Oregon. Consequently, Hernandez has experience in creating artwork with direction from neighborhood associations and private businesses. In an email interview with Montavilla News, Hernandez described his approach to this type of project. Through a process of investigation and communication, Hernandez seeks to “creating an emblematic piece of artwork that will enhance the neighborhood aspirations and dreams.”

This piece of public art will last many years on a marquee corner, and its selection will comment on the neighborhood. As the selection process moves forward, there should be more public opportunities to view the design options. Follow the MNA Facebook for updates on this project and to share your opinions.


Cover Image courtesy of Hector H Hernandez

Store and Gas Station at NE 82nd and Glisan

A replacement convenience store and gas station’s site plan reveals an attractive property with many new public spaces. At a Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting earlier in the year, the architect for this project presented his designs. The presentation included a Site Plan and Implementation Plan for the new Jacksons convenience store and gas station located at 515 NE 82nd Ave. As part of the development, MNA will help select a mosaic-tile art installation facing the intersection of NE 82nd Ave and NE Glisan Street.

The mosaic will be part of a new Pedestrian Plaza at the southeast corner of the property. This area will include a 100 square foot covered area, 8′ long benches, and trash receptacles. In addition to trees and other plantings, concrete pavers and low-level yard lighting will further cultivate a mini parklike feeling at the plaza. It will provide ample space for those using the 72 bus stop or waiting to cross the busy intersection.

This new gas station and store will occupy the current Shell Gas station site and a former Pizza Hut property. Earlier this year, both lots combined into a single property. The City of Portland is currently reviewing demolition permits for the existing gas station, convenience store, and Pizza Hut building. Their removal is necessary to make way for this new development.

Pedestrian access in this area will significantly improve as a result of this project. Sidewalks around the site will increase to meet the new width specified in the 2019 82nd Avenue Plan. Curb cuts for vehicle access will move away from the intersection, giving pedestrians defined areas where cars will travel through the sidewalk. Currently, a vehicle could cross the sidewalk at practically any point along the properties edge.

The new 4,452 square-foot connivance store is being constructed in the northern half property but close to the center. A new raised concrete walkway protects customers walking from Glisan Street to the store. It will run along the west side of the property and curve around to connect with NE 82nd Ave. Additionally, the walkway could help the walking public avoid all gas station traffic when traveling between Glisan and 82nd by safely cutting across the property.

Nine onsite spaces provide parking for the store, with one dedicated for accessible parking. Four parking spaces are positions on the south side of the building, and the remaining five are on the north side. The replacement fueling canopy and pumps are comparable in size to the existing station. Pumps will shift to the west by a few feet.

The site plan includes a significant number of trees around the parameter of the property. An esthetically pleasing change from the massive concrete lot that exists there today. This location will remain a car-centric establishment, but its many human-scale amenities help it blend into the area successfully. If built as proposed, this will be a positive example of the changing nature of 82nd Ave.

Demo for Mega Gas Station

Two new demolition permits have been submitted for the corner of 82nd Ave and NE Glisan. Both demolition sites are part of a new combined lot at 611 NE 82nd Ave. The permits reference an alternative address of 621 NE 82nd Ave and could become the final address of the replacement gas station being built.

Application 20-152293 seeks to demolish a restaurant and remove surrounding concrete sidewalks, ramps, parking lot asphalt, and wheel stops. No basement is onsite, so minimal fill will be needed when removing the foundation. The site will be cleared of all debris and utilities will be capped. This location had most recently been a Pizza Hut restaurant.

The linked demolition permit, 20-152279, will demolish the Jacksons Food Stores and carwash. Removal of the Shell fuel canopy, with concrete dispenser islands and gas pump equipment, is part of this application. The 96 square foot trash enclosure, concrete sidewalks, ramps, parking lot asphalt, and wheel stops are all being removed from the site. Similar to the other demolition, the site will be cleared of all foundations and utilities will be capped.

Demolition and construction could have been worked on in phases for this project. However, it seems that the site will be cleared of all structures prior to construction. The replacement fueling station will have more pump stations and a new connivance store. The store will have walk-in refrigerators and freezes, as well as a kitchen. These features could indicate the connivance store will house an in-store restaurant.

When completed, this will be the largest gas station in Montavilla. It will reshape the corner, mostly along NE 82nd Ave. The change will likely be positive for the area. The new gas station placement could make for safer pedestrian use of sidewalks around the site. Currently people using the bus stop or crosswalks at this location, have to contend with vehicles crossing over the sidewalks in close proximity to where people stand. The longer lot will allow for vehicle access away from the heavily used corner, giving a buffer for pedestrians.

Construction at this site will also help modernize the sideways. Sidewalk width should be increase as part of the 82nd Ave walkability improvements, and is trigged by construction of this size.

Although this will still be a car centric project, pedestrians should see some benefit. If done well, the new gas stations should add to the general revival of NE Glisan as a walkable business district.

Mega Gas Station

Work will soon begin on the expanded Shell gas station at the corner of NE 82nd and NE Glisan. The former Pizza Hut lot has been combined with with the existing gas station to form a massive single property, 611 NE 82nd Ave.

Building permits are already in review for construction of a “new convenience store with walk-in coolers and freezer, restrooms, kitchen.” Early Assistance documents were submitted when the address had been 515 NE 82nd Ave and indicated all structures, on the combined properties, would be replaced. “Scope of work includes removal of existing convenience store, fuel canopy, fuel dispenser islands and restaurant. Construction of a new convenience store, fuel canopy and 4 fuel dispenser islands, landscaping, curbs and paving. Existing underground storage tanks to remain.”

The Size of the new lot would allow for a phased construction schedule and it would be possible for the gas station to remain open during construction. However the actual project plans are not publicly known at this point. When done, this will change the appearance of the intersection, hopefully for the better.