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Trader Joe’s Drops Plan To Build On MLK, Jr Blvd

From the Oregonian:

Trader Joe’s pulls plug on Northeast Portland development after ‘negative reactions’ from community

Andrew Theen | February 03, 2014

Trader Joe’s is backing away from a development in Northeast Portland, company officials said Monday. "When it comes to choosing Trader Joe’s store locations, we are deliberate and work hard to develop store sites with great potential for success," a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement to The Oregonian Monday morning.

While the company views the area south of Vanport Square in Northeast Portland as "a great neighborhood," Trader Joe’s "will not be opening a store in the area," citing "negative reactions from the community."

"We run neighborhood stores and our approach is simple: if a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe’s, we understand, and we won’t open the store in question," the statement read.

Translation: Trader Joe’s did not give some of the local ‘community organizers’ enough baksheesh. (See below.) And to think that some people wonder why there are ‘food deserts’? (Which are a myth, anyway.)

Majestic Realty Co., a California-based developer, had hoped to build the Trader Joe’s store. The $8 million development included plans for 4-10 adjacent retailers and a 100-space parking lot on the two-acre site. The Portland Development Commission’s board approved selling the land to Majestic for roughly $500,000…

"Moving forward, we will be communicating with the various stakeholders: Including those who wanted this development and who were excited about it, and those who didn’t want it to happen. It is too soon to say what comes next for this site. We will work with the full range of stakeholders to determine the next steps. And we remain committed to working with stakeholders to find projects for this and other development sites throughout the city," city officials said…

(At midday, the Portland African American Leadership Forum held a press conference at the Alberta lot to discuss its plans going forward.)

Note that there is not even a hint of who opposed this development until the last sentence of this article.

Which links to this article, also in the Oregonian:

Maxine Fitzpatrick, a member of PAALF and executive director of PCRI, read a list of PAALF’s demands.

Portland African American Leadership Forum says displacement, not Trader Joe’s, focus of ire

Casey Parks | February 03, 2014

Two hours after Trader Joe’s executives killed plans for a Northeast Portland store, the group that led the opposition said the grocer had never been the focus of its ire. Leaders of the Portland African American Leadership Forum said they were pushing back against the city’s history of displacing African Americans, not Trader Joe’s planned store at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street…

And some people wonder why Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards still ‘struggle’ like they do.

Community members have been in an uproar since the California-based company Majestic Realty announced plans for an $8 million Trader Joe’s development on the long-vacant lot…

“In the past we have settled for far less,” Gordly said. “This is a people’s movement for African Americans and other communities, for self-determination.”

PAALF members reiterated previous demands to include an affordable housing component on the two-acre lot and issued several demands…

And by "affordable" they mean free, as in Section 8 housing.

“The PDC has taken too long to fulfill the promise to many of us,” Fitzpatrick said. “And they should actively undertake restorative policies in order to make right on those promises.” …

If Majestic or the PDC had pledged to bring affordable housing with the Trader Joe’s construction, the deal might not have been met with such controversy, the group said.

Trader Joe’s builds houses? Who knew?

PAALF said it will hold a community visioning process later this month, bringing displaced people back to the neighborhood to talk about what they want to see on this and other PDC-owned lots…

Oh, ‘visioning’ will help for sure.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Trader Joe’s Drops Plan To Build On MLK, Jr Blvd”

  1. mr_bill says:

    We don’t want jobs, we want free housing. What are we supposed to do with jobs?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Smart move. Maybe they found out what happened to the theft and shoplifting rates after MARTA pushed rail lines up from south Atlanta into Buckhead.

  3. untrainable says:

    …plans for an $8 million Trader Joe’s development on the long-vacant lot…
    I wonder how long that lot has been empty. I wonder how many jobs the TJ’s would have brought to the area. I wonder how many of those looking for affordable (ahem-free) housing actually have (or even want) jobs. MORE MEDICAL MARIJUANA / LESS CAPITALISM.

  4. Astravogel says:

    There’s some great sites in Western Darkest Arkansas. Ya’ll come over!

  5. canary says:

    Oregon is leading the country in government housing

    The US Independent: Obama Enterprise Clears Path for Agenda 21 Micro Apts Built in Urban Cities

    By Susanne Posel – Occupy Corporatism – March 15, 2013

    The city of Beaverton was been awarded $1.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the Community Transformation Grant Program (CTGP), to construct a new governmental health center for the local community to utilize.

    In conjunction with the Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA), Beaverton city officials are hoping to be granted more funds from the EPA’s SmartGrowth Technical Assistance Grant program.

    The Living Cities project is funded through private donors and financial institutions “to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.”

    This organization is headed by:

    • Dr. Pablo Farias, former Ford Foundation’s representative for Mexico and Central America

    • Andrew Plepler, Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Policy Executive, Bank of America and former senior vice president of Housing and Community Initiatives at the Fannie Mae Foundation

    • Nicholas Turner, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation

    Last year, micro-apartments scheme was championed by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    These “studio and one-bedroom apartments” are no bigger than 275 to 300 sq ft.

    These tiny living spaces are smaller than currently allowed by building regulations, according to a statement by Bloomberg’s office; however the zoning regulations will be waived…

    In San Francisco single individuals are rent their very own 1st generation Agenda 21 two hundred and twenty-two square foot apartment (if the closet and bathroom are factored into the allocated living space).

    In Boston, one developer exclaims that renters only need 450 square feet to live in and anything else is a waste of space.

    In the Seaport District Mayor Thomas M. Menino says that young professionals will want to live in these mini-apartments because of their exceptional waterfront views.

    Menino’s $100 million endeavor called the Boston Wharf Tower is a “project will help turn this neighborhood into a vibrant, 24-hour mixed-use community.”

    Micro apartments in downtown Portland, Oregon have been built with the 150 unit Freedom Center Apartments
    designed for families.
    These apartments are between 267 – 385 square feet and cost $735 – $1050 a month.

    See more at: http://www.occupycorporatism.com/obama-enterprise-clears-path-for-agenda-21-micro-apts-built-in-urban-cities/#sthash.nxCIDRn6.dpuf

    And this after Portland’s green growth failed back in 1999

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