A safe and positive place to gather and grow
At Straight Path, Inc., we recognize that people need a safe and positive place to gather and grow. To support this unmet need in NE Portland, we have articulated a plan to restore and transform ten acres of vacant property on 42nd Avenue, near Killingsworth (the old Whittaker school site) which is owned by Portland Public Schools. Our project is the 42nd Avenue Family Village.
There is enormous community support for a project resembling ours. In March 2010, the Cully-Concordia Community Action Plan was updated. The plan outlines 4 goals which are:
1. Enhance the capabilities of schools to serve as multi-purpose centers of community life.
2. Expand community business and economic opportunities for the benefit of area residents and businesses.
3. Identify and pursue improvements to neighborhood amenities and infrastructure that affect neighborhood livability.
4. Contribute to community-building, connectedness and stability.
All aspects of the 42nd Avenue Family Village support these goals.
Additional community support was demonstrated during an event called “Connections” sponsored by “Our 42nd Ave” in March 2014. At the event, 132 comment cards were filled out. From those cards, the Top 7 Community Themes follow:
1. Community Center
4. Gathering public space
5. Place to play
6. Community garden
7. Gym/health club
The 42nd Avenue Family Village we are proposing fulfills 6 out of the 7 themes requested by the Cully-Concordia community members.
The building blocks of the 42nd Avenue Family Village contain three components; education, recreation and jobs. Each and every part of our project supports at least one of these three components, and several support a combination. Our vision includes an elementary school, a recreation/community center, a performing arts center, a library and retail outlets. Every building in our plan is named after local African Americans who have made significant contributions to the livability of the Portland community.
Another important factor in Straight Path, Inc.’s plan for the 42nd Avenue Family Village is approximately 270 parking spaces. Providing ample parking will prevent any burden on the surrounding community.
We, at Straight Path, Inc., believe that we have come up with a plan which is well thought-out and of great benefit to the NE Portland Community. The plan is in line with the Cully-Concordia Action Plan and the surrounding community’s needs as demonstrated by the comment cards from the “Connections’ event. In addition, the 42nd Avenue Family Village is in line with Straight Path, Inc.’s mission to assist in restoring families by facilitating opportunities for a “Fresh Chance”. Families in the area will greatly benefit from the education, recreation and jobs created at the 42nd Avenue Family Village.