SGNA Letter of Comment to Portland Sustainability Commission
Christine A. Tanner
Chair, Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association
SGNA Board Action
July 12, 2016
The Board of Directors for the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association shall send a letter on Central City 2035 to the Portland Sustainability Commission requesting a step-down of allowable building heights in the plan for the Lloyd District along its eastern border with Sullivan’s Gulch (NE 15th/16th Avenue from Holladay to Weidler Streets). We request a maximum building height of 75' that is consistent with the proposed step-down in heights along the northern edge of the Lloyd District bordering the Eliot and Irvington neighborhoods.
8 in favor; 3 opposed; 3 abstained.
We are concerned that opposing greater allowable building heights in this area does not consider all the other important factors related to planning new development. Thoughtfully and sensitively designed tall buildings have the potential to be architecturally significant, and they may contribute to increased social and cultural activity in the area as well as to the image of Portland as a dynamic and architecturally interesting American city.