Portland’s Bureau of Development Services is calling on the owners of the property at NW Fourth and Burnside to produce plans for the lot, now that a community of homeless people have set up a tent city there.
The bureau’s Enforcement Program Section Manager Mike Liefeld sent a letter to property owners Michael Wright and Dan Cossette noting that the press has already reported on an a lease agreement and preliminary plans for the property, but nothing has been turned into the city. Liefeld has given the owners 10 days within receipt of the letter, dated Oct. 12, to produce a detailed plan for property use, occupancy and development of the property, along with the lease agreement.
Approximately 70 people have set up tents on the site, and have constructed a fence made of doors for privacy along Burnside Street. At issue is compliance with state and local laws on occupancy, including permits and land use regulations.
Meanwhile, the Old Town/Chinatown Livability and Safety Committee has invited the leadership of the Right 2 Dream Too group which has occupied the site to attend their upcoming meeting Oct. 26.
Posted by Joanne Zuhl