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Metropolis can pay $8-12 million for assist turning 82nd Avenue into ‘civic hall’


It received’t be straightforward, however a marketing consultant must attempt to make 82nd, “engaging and secure for pedestrians”.
(Photograph: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The most recent step within the switch of 82nd Avenue from state to metropolis arms is a request for proposals (RFP) launched immediately by the Metropolis of Portland that seeks a marketing consultant to vary it from a busy, sprawling orphan freeway dominated by drivers and floor parking heaps, to a dense “civic hall” full of individuals and multimodal exercise.

The RFP additionally offers us new particulars on how the Metropolis of Portland plans to make use of the $185 million inflow of funding 82nd has not too long ago attracted ($35 million from Portland Bureau of Transportation, $105 million from ODOT, $80 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act).

Calling it the 82nd Avenue Civic Hall Transportation Funding Program, the Metropolis of Portland says the consulting company who wins this $8 to $12 million contract can be accountable for creating a brand new design of 82nd that strikes it towards turning into a “civic hall” as envisioned within the metropolis’s 2035 Complete Plan and that aligns with earlier plans already adopted by the town.

Civic hall is a selected land use designation outlined in chapter 3 of the Comp Plan. Right here’s extra from the plan:

“Civic Corridors are the town’s busiest, widest, and most outstanding streets. They supply main connections amongst facilities, the remainder of the Metropolis, and the area. They help the motion of individuals and items throughout the town, with excessive ranges of site visitors and pedestrian exercise. Civic Corridors present alternatives for development and transit-supportive densities of housing, commerce, and employment. Improvement in Civic Corridors is meant to be as much as mid-rise in scale, with decrease scale typically extra applicable in areas removed from the Central Metropolis or transit stations. Mid-rise growth sometimes ranges from 5 to seven tales.

Ample bushes and high-quality landscaping beautify Civic Corridors and offset the impacts of their massive paved areas. These corridors exemplify the advantages of inexperienced infrastructure by cleansing and absorbing stormwater runoff and minimizing city warmth island results, whereas additionally being satisfying locations to dwell, work, and collect. Civic corridors are secure for every type of transportation. Civic Corridors insurance policies apply to the roadway, the general public realm of the road, and the buildings that line the road.”

Civic corridors are additional outlined within the Comp Plan as locations, “which are engaging and secure for pedestrians whereas persevering with to play a serious function within the Metropolis’s transportation system.” 82nd is at the moment one of the crucial disagreeable and harmful locations for strolling in the complete metropolis.

The RFP particularly calls out 4 “overarching funding areas” which have intensive wants: security, transit, upkeep/restore, and equitable growth.

One other notable a part of the RFP says the marketing consultant may also lay the groundwork for a future mission alongside the 82nd hall that, “might embrace bus speedy transit or different transit investments in addition to different potential modifications to the roadway to satisfy the Civic Hall imaginative and prescient.”

The RFP says the marketing consultant’s work must be completed by 2024 to ensure that building to start out by 2026.

See extra particulars by downloading a PDF of the RFP right here.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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