Update: Last week, crews poured new concrete sidewalks and curbs along E Burnside Street and NE 72nd Avenue. This walkway expansion work was required due to a recent lot division and the construction of a new single-family residence at 7171 E Burnside Street. Cement masons also reconstructed an existing curb cut on NE 72nd Avenue that now leads to the new home’s driveway. Workers will soon take down the construction barricades surrounding the two lots.
Article originally published on October 25th
Sidewalk reconstruction work is currently underway along E Burnside Street and NE 72nd Avenue. A recent lot division, and subsequent construction of the new single-family residence at 7171 E Burnside Street, triggered the pedestrian zone upgrades. Workers will completely replace the sidewalk and expand curbside planter strips. Landscapers will plant five River Birch street trees in the curb strip with some additional sidewalk adjacent plantings on the private property.
As a condition of the redevelopment, both lots relinquished an additional four feet from the original property line. This land dedication to the City of Portland was necessary for an expanded public right-of-way that now meets current design standards. As a corner lot, the original 1900-era home at 7 NE 72nd Avenue forfeited more property when accommodating the new sidewalk and planting strip than the newly completed home. However, the century-old 880-square-foot building still sits comfortably back from the street and has an adequate yard.
When completed, this once-narrow walkway along a busy street will feel more comfortable for pedestrians. That extra space only extends for half the block, and it will take further redevelopment along E Burnside Street before whole segments of the pedestrian zone are rebuilt to modern standards.