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July 27, 2021


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My dad used to sell dairy products in the Medina Ohio area and drove an old DIVCO.

I always wanted to 'hotrod' one, but they are very rare. And if you do find one it'll cost you!

With the auction "fees" the cost was $36,000

The City would have filled the space with homeless or low cost housing.

Allen, there is a serious need for lower cost housing. We are all getting older, and for those who live (?) on Social Security, SSI, etc, cannot afford 1300.00 and more for a small apartment. Been homeless, not fun, but it taught me a few things. Not supporting those who want to be out there, just seniors, disabled, the broke, like me.

I never expected The City That Works to show the slightest bit of interest in saving Alpenrose. And our "leaders" didn't disappoint me.

For those of you who think Alpenrose should be saved, there's still hope. There have been few signs that anyone has an eye on the property. So, the land could still be saved, not by the city but by Metro with has $155 million of a $475 million bond issue passed by voters to protect property from development.

The land, which is the only value the property has (anyone interested in buying a tiny old dairy), is valued at a paltry $13 million. Get Metro to pony up the $13MM and you can save some of Alpenrose.

Dairyville and its attractions have all reportedly been auctioned. But the velodrome and ball fields could be saved and incorporated into a facility like the Tualatin Hills Park District complex in Beaverton. The rest of the land could be developed into other recreation related uses.

There's an idea for you. If you're interested in saving Alpenrose from becoming another community of townhouses, get to work.


As the story says, "The plans for now are tentative. They could change or not happen at all."

The 193 homes figure is drawn out of local planning that estimated that number of homes. 193 homes aren't so many for a plot as large as Alpenrose (56 acres) and the local planning also includes a lot of open and park space.

Let's do the math:
43560 sq ft in an acre x 56 acres = 2,439,360 sq ft

The size of a typical building lot for a house in Portland is 5,000 sq ft. Townhouses don't take anywhere near 5,000 sq ft, but okay.

2,439,360 sq ft x .25 to allow for streets and sidewalks = 609,840
2,439,360 - 609,840 = 1,829,520
1,829,520/5,000 sq ft per house = 366 townhouses

That means that almost half of the Alpenrose property wouldn't be covered by houses. To be frank, I doubt that much of the property wouldn't be built on. My point is that nothing has been cast in concrete yet.

If the Alpenrose property means that much to people, they should be talking to Metro. Get the regional government to step in and buy it up and preserve it.

Metro and City Council are all busy at pointing fingers, and buck passing. Wipe out south park blocks, defund the police, and of course the biggest push on that is that Jo Ann Hardesty thing, and whos the very 1st to scream for the cops.. I hope the majority of these homes (?), if built, are rent controlled low income, and monitored for drugs, alcohol, etc. Those people take too much.

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