Yesterday, crews from BIKETOWN installed new bike-share stations on SE 81st Ave just south of E Burnside Street. Its construction follows another recently built unit on NE Glisan Street west of 80th Ave. When completed, the 81st Ave location will house docks for up to six e-bikes available to rent through the BIKETOWN mobile app.
Last June, a survey conducted by BIKETOWN gathered community input on where to place new electric bicycle (e-bike) docks as part of the program’s East Portland expansion. A few months later, that survey data and other factors are guiding the placement of these stations. The BIKETOWN bike finder map currently shows the new station on SE 81st Ave as available for use. However, no bikes are listed there, and the stand is missing the vertical sign that displays user instructions. This bike-share location is near Walgreens Pharmacy on the road behind Hong Phat. The station’s proximity to the number 20 and 72 TriMet bus lines should reduce excessive walking for riders not directly on the bus route.
Several blocks north from the uncompleted station, BIKETOWN staff finished an identical installation on NE Glisan Street. Crews completed this location last week, and it is fully operational. Workers placed the docks on the sidewalk in front of Glisan Dental, away from traffic. The SE 81st Ave docks sit in the road’s parking lane, relying on white traffic delineator posts to protect the parked bikes.
BIKETOWN docking stations are simple installations that securely hold locked bikes. They do not provide any charging for e-bikes. Instead, BIKETOWN offers these locations as a reliable place for customers to find and return bikes. Throughout the week, staff redistributes bikes to these locations after collecting units left in remote areas. Each e-bike has a removable battery pack that employees can replace before putting them back out for use.
Since the expansion of the BIKETOWN network in late 2020, sightings of the iconic orange bikes throughout Montavilla and greater East Portland have increased. Often they are found secured to signposts and fences. The installation of more bike docking stations will transform the scattering of transportation options into a reliable network of mobility devices. Their new consistent location gives residents the confidence to bridge the transportation gap for short trips without a personal vehicle. Businesses near the docks should also see a boost in visitors, as patrons can expect to find a bike ready for them when they head home. Look for these docks next time you plan a short trip around Montavilla and see if an e-bike can enhance your mobility.
According to documents filed with the city last week, the owners of 235 SE 80th Ave intend to construct an apartment building on the property. The proposed development would replace the one-story residence with a twelve-unit apartment building. In addition, the complex would include seven onsite parking spaces for residents.
The California company, Eleay Properties, bought the 1949 era house in June of 2019. It’s currently a rental property and occupied by tenants. The site sits across SE 80th Ave from Montavilla United Methodist Church and next door to The Barn apartments. Several other apartment buildings are in the area, and this property is one block from Montavilla Town, making it an attractive place for housing density.
Developers of the project submitted Early Assistance 21-059086 seeking advice for the project from City staff. The process takes place ahead of submitting design proposals and plans for review. This portion of the process is one of the earliest stages and may not result in an actual project. If moving forward, the beginning of construction would be over a year away.
Apartment projects around Montavilla Town are becoming more common. Due to its strong commerce and cultural center, this neighborhood will attract projects that prioritize density within a hyperlocal community. A move away from single-family housing can cause concern for some residents. However, this apartment could create an appropriately sized multi-family building that provides enough parking to avoid overburdening the neighborhood. Look for more details about this project to surface over the coming year.
Dubbed the 70s Greenway, Portland’s newest bicycle and pedestrian path will run through Montavilla. Before finalizing plans, PBOT needs input from residents to help shape the project’s design. The Greenway will travel parallel to 82nd Ave, but contrary to its name, for the vast majority of its path through Montavilla will run on 80th Avenue.
PBOT’s surveyregarding the 70s Greenway design is open to surrounding residents and people who travel through the area. Portland Neighborhood Greenways prioritize human-powered transportation. Adjustments to roads accommodate safe bicycle traffic, consistent sidewalks encourage walking, and improved ramps accommodate everyone. Intersections along the path often receive new signaling and road markings to support stress-free crossing.
Thanks to improvements made on SE 80th this summer, some new segments of the 70’s Greenway already exist. Future Montavilla upgrades from this project will center around the safe crossing of busy streets and significant adjustments to NE Halsey Street.
NE Halsey Street could lose a car lane in each direction. In the Proposal, a protected bike lane on each side of the road will replace those removed lanes. Additionally, a center turn lane will run down the middle of the roadway. The intersection at 68th Ave receives improved bike and pedestrian crossings. A small roundabout at NE 80th Ave will help deal with a notoriously confusing intersection right before the NE Halsey Street Bridge over I84.
The proposed project’s full scope is viewable at PBOT’s website and BikePortland’s article about these projects. Participation in the survey will help PBOT make informed choices to improve the bike and pedestrian access within our neighborhood while keeping it functional for everyone else.
Enhancements to SE 80th Ave’s paving and sidewalks have encouraged improvements to private property along that road. The Slavic Church Emmanuel has undergone an upgrade project to its parking lot, creating a new entrance onto SE 80th Ave. The new fence, gate, and lighting are nearing completion.
At the beginning of this year, SE 80th Ave received a complete overhaul from Bridger School to the Portland Community College’s southeast campus. For the first time on the section of the road sidewalks line the street. Additionally, a modern roadway now replaces the once deteriorated driving surface. Located at 2025 SE 82nd Ave, the church occupies a large lot that pushes back to SE 80th Ave. However, many drivers often avoided this section of the SE 80th due to its poor condition. Consequentially the church did not have access to the parking lot on that street.
Road construction cut into some of the church property on its western edge. Overgrown hedges and a small fence needed removal for the project, leaving the back parking lot exposed. The Slavic Church Emmanuel took the opportunity to install a black chainlink fence along the new roadway and created a curb cut leading to SE 80th Ave. Soon vehicles will have access to SE 80th Ave, in addition to the main entrance on SE 82nd Ave.
Beyond the parking lot’s border improvements, the asphalt parking surface has expanded. This weekend crews were at work spreading the oily rock several feet west. Now cars can drive right up to the back fence line. In perhaps the most useful upgrade, permit number 20-179802 will add “New parking lot lighting.”
These upgrades should make the parking lot safer and more accessible for members of the church. Additionally, this transformation to SE 80th Ave’s frontage will enhance the appearance of the street. The new parking lot light further illuminates the road, and the clean fence line makes the area look more active.
UPDATE – Due to Governor Kate Brown decision to pause reopening efforts, Montavilla Station announced they will not reopen as planned. The below message appeared on the bar’s FaceBook page.
“We are NOT able to open Friday June 12th. We MAY be able to open Friday June 19th. Stay tuned….“
Original Post from June 9th
Montavilla Station announced on their Facebook page, intentions to reopen this Friday. Opening is contingent on Multnomah county entering Phase 1 reopening. The below post appeared Monday evening:
“We are gearing up to REOPEN! IF Multnomah county is approved for Phase I reopening, we will re-open this Friday, 6/12 at 11:00 am. Things WILL be different, however as we need to adhere to state guidelines: Please do not come if you feel sick; table seating only (no bar seating); maximum of 10 people in a party seated together; maintain 6 feet distance from others not in your party at all times; wear a face mask when not seated at your table; no karaoke, pool tables, or live music; video poker machines will open with restrictions. Please be courteous and respectful to our employees and to other patrons and we can all stay safe! We look forward to seeing you all soon!“
A large road project on SE 80th Ave has completed after six months of work. Crews replaced the existing road down to its base and filled in missing sidewalks. The project encompassed SE 80th Ave from SE Grant Street to SE Market Street. Additionally SE Mill Street, from SE 80th Avenue to SE 82nd Ave, was included in the project.
Last year these Montavilla roads were in bad shape. Not only were there few sidewalks, but the roadway had deteriorated. Trees had grown so large that only one direction of traffic could pass at a time. The road edge was ambiguous, making it dangerous for all modes of transportation in the area. That alone would be cause for concern but these roads are directly next to Bridger School. Being next to a school creates an excessive amount of pedestrian and bike traffic in the area.
Instead of cutting down the trees that made this road difficult, crews built around them. This tactic has widened the road substantially but preserved the existing natural character of this area.
Coverage of the construction phase of this project can be read in the Montavilla News article from February. Trips that had taken Montavilla residents along SE 82nd Ave, now can rely on SE 80th Ave as a safer alternative to busier streets.
Work is well underway for the street and sidewalk improvements that are part of the SE 80th Avenue & Mill Street LID project. This project will stretch along SE 80th Avenue from 100 feet north of SE Grant Street to SE Market Street. The project will create sidewalks with modern pedestrian friendly intersections. Road improvements will eliminate gravel roads on a long neglected stretch of SE 80th. SE Mill Street from SE 80th Avenue to SE 82nd Avenue will also be receiving the same improvements as SE 80th in this project.
This work is an essential part of the Jade and Montavilla Multimodal Improvements Project. It will connect pedestrians and bicyclists to the SE PCC campus through a new Greenway that uses SE 80th for much of its path. The Greenway will also run right alongside Bridger School, adding to the useful orientation along SE 80th. Now more of the vulnerable travelers to PCC and Bridger can commute back away from SE 82nd Ave. Residents on these improved roads should also be excited for upgraded access to their homes.
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