KEEP PUBLIC LANDS PUBLIC
Preserve the publicly owned, strategically-situated GREENSPACE adjacent to WOODS MEMORIAL NATURAL AREA.
This lovely greenspace connects three SW Neighborhoods - Multnomah, Ashcreek & Crestwood. This strategic parcel of sloped land is a source for Woods Creek and abuts Woods Park property. Neighbors have long prized it for the opportunity it provides for completing SW Trail #7 and linking Ashcreek and Crestwood Neighborhoods with the Multnomah Village business district. Several species of bird, raccoons, coyotes, deer, even an elk use this natural corridor.
In 2012 the Portland Water Bureau, which owns the land and the tank on the top of the hill, entered into a sales agreement with a private developer at a bargain price without engaging the public, the owners of this land, in a discussion of the best use for this precious greenspace. Neighbors, who had asked about the property over the years, found out about this sale only by chance, almost nine months after the real estate agreement had been signed. The sale has not yet closed.
Several irregularities surrounding the deal led neighbors to question its validity. A committee was formed in the Multnomah Neighborhood Association with the support of the Ashcreek and Crestwood Neighborhood Associations and Friends of Woods Park, to investigate the legality of this agreement.
Join us in letting City Hall know that the public matters! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your organization as a supporter.
Day in court. Hearing for our request for a Writ of Mandamus to stop the Sale. Read brief Oregonian news summary.
Lucky Monday! Legal FUND RAISER announced!
Lucky Lab Brew House
7675 SW Capitol Hwy.
FEBRUARY 24th, 6-8 PM.
Live music by the Ben Rice Band.
Multnomah Neighborhood Association files its detailed comments & concerns regarding the proposed partition of the Freeman Water Tank property.
The Portland Tribune today published two articles today related to the Freeman Water Tower sale. The first is an editorial letter by Dean Smith, President of Ashcreek Neighborhood Association addressing Nick Fish's remarks about the small scale of the opposition to the Freeman Water Tower sale. The second is a related article by Jim Redden.
CUB's Organizing Director, Jeff Bissonnette, sent 2 letters of inquiry, one to the Water Bureau and the other to the Bureau of Environmental Services. The letters are inquiries examining how the bureaus handle property assets and reviewing the processes to ensure that ratepayers get full benefit of disposed property and assets.
Moses Ross, MNA chairman, spoke to the City Council today. (His remarks begin at 26 minutes into the video).
Moses described his experience from the viewpoint of the MNA chair as he first learned about the Water Tower sale from neighbors, through his experience in helping us organize and obtain fiduciary support from SWNI. Commissioner Fish responded with an up date of his own.
Read the latest news articles on our continuing efforts:
Legal council, Kristian Roggendorf, submitted a request for a temporary injunction to stop the sale of the Freeman Water Tower property to Multnomah County Courthouse today. A hearing date is set for Friday, Jan. 31.
MNA-WPA resumes fund-raising for pending legal action. Please donate now!
OregonLive and the Portland Tribune report on the latest updates about the proposed mediation.
SW Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) endorses WPA! This issue truly resonates with folks throughout Portland.
The Multnomah Village Business Association endorses WPA in a new letter to the city! Retaining the Freeman property in public ownership makes good economic sense, both for local businesses and the neighborhood's long-term economic well-being.
We sent a new letter today to Commissioner Nick Fish, reiterating that he reconsider the pending sale and offering to assist in the development of a new vision for the public property.
KOIN TV reports on our lawyer's letter and Commissioner Fish's response. OregonLive and Portland Tribune both feature articles on the legal demand letter submitted by our lawyer, Kristian Roggendorf.
JAN 2nd, 2014 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Our support is growing! Tonight we garnered two more endorsements. Thank you!
SWNI Parks Committee endorses WPA!
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District endorses WPA!
Our attorney, Kristian Roggendorf, submitted a letter to Commissioner Nick Fish outlining the legal case for rescinding the sale of the Freeman Water Tank Property and possibly transferring that property to Parks at book value per City Code and State Statute.
OREGON WILD endorses WPA! Oregon Wild has been keeping Portland a special livable city and Oregon a great place to live, work and play since 1974. Thank you!
Sarah Lyons' talk with the City Council of Dec. 11th is now available online. (Her talk starts at 12:26 minutes and ends at 17:33.) Check out her interesting exchange with Commissioner Nick Fish of the Portland Water Bureau.
We met our fund raising target and SWNI sent a check to the lawyer on Friday! Thank you!
We learned that the buyer submitted a revised partition proposal asking to waive the sidewalk requirements, prior to the Dec. 4th deadline imposed by the Bureau of Developmental Services. Issues of storm water were not discussed directly. BDS has not approved this latest proposal.
Our very own Sarah Lyons addressed City Council. Thanks, Sarah!
Thanks to your generosity, the
fund raising drive to hire the lawyer we've selected is almost there. Last chance to support us with your tax-deductible donation!
Multnomah Neighborhood Association approved our choice of lawyer for Woods Park Advocates committee.
LEGAL FUND RAISING DRIVE launches through Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
6 PM at Lucky Laborador Pub
Thanks to all who showed up. It was great to have time to chat!
TRAIL MAP Friends-of-Woods-Park proposed trail through Freeman Water Facility Property.
Check out our TIMELINE of important events about this property
NOV. 20th Neighbors Carol McCarthy & Jane Peterson speak to City Council
NOV. 14th Neighbor Jeremy Solomon speaks to City Council