Green King project removes asphalt, makes way for native plants

On Saturday, Oct. 26, volunteers from the King neighborhood joined Depave and other partners to remove a strip of asphalt from the parking lot on the south side of King School. On Nov. 9th, volunteers will add native plants to the de-paved area.

The project — funded by the Community Watershed Stewardship Program and sponsored by NECN — is expected to alleviate flooding issues in the parking lot, which is home to the King Farmers’ Market on Sundays, May-November. Check out video of the de-paving below, and visit the Green King project online for more info.

Pitch in for the volunteer planting party on Nov. 9th, 10am-1pm, at NE 7th Ave. & Wygant St.

Brownfield redevelopment discussed at NECN forum

10/22/13 brownfields forumPanelists and community members discuss resources for brownfields redevelopment. L-R: Rep. Lew Frederick, Jenn Blidersee (BES), Stephen Green (PDC), Cassie Cohen (Groundwork Portland), Tyler Bump (BPS)

October 23, 2013 — At a public forum last night hosted by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods’ Community Economic Development Council, five panelists discussed legislation and resources aimed at supporting the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields. Brownfields are underutilized or vacant properties that are either confirmed or feared to be contaminated as a result of past use.
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10/22: Turn Brown into Green w/ Brownfields Development

NECN’s Community Economic Development Council (CEDC) cordially invites you to…

Turn Brown into Green: Brownfields Development
presentation and discussion featuring State Rep. Lew Frederick
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-9:00
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th Ave

Entrance at corner of 7th and Wygant Street, Bus lines 6 and 72

This is an event for non-profits, churches and small businesses that are interested in purchasing brownfields (potentially contaminated land) at very low cost and re-developing them into community gardens, meeting spaces, art venues, commercial spaces, low-income housing and more. Panelists will provide information about funding opportunities and examples of successful projects.

Panelists:
- State Representative Lew Frederick, District 43
- Tyler Bump, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)
- Jenn Bildersee, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)
- Cassie Cohen, Groundwork Portland
- Stephen Green, Portland Development Commission

RSVP’s are requested but not required to: info@necoalition.org or 503-388-5004

Free Trainings and Events in October

We’re gearing up for a busy month of trainings and events and we want to be sure you know about all of the upcoming opportunities!  We hope to see you at some of these free activities!

Understanding Domestic Violence
Ways to Support Friends and Neighbors
Brought to you by NECN & the YWCA Social Change Program
 Thursday, October 3rd
6:30pm – 8:00pm, 6pm networking & snacks
NECN Office, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
Space is still left! Please RSVP to info@necoalition.org or 503.388.6088

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