Gateway businesses kicked off our August 9th membership meeting with a presentation by our meeting sponsor, Advantage Gateway Funeral & Cremation Services. Director Chris Allen emphasized that he wanted the location to be a community space where people came together to celebrate life. Originally from East Portland, Chris worked as a grave digger, where he was inspired to help families through funeral services.

Jonathan Frochtzwajg of Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington then presented a grant opportunity impacting the Gateway district. His organization is applying for a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to empower youth in Gateway to create still life art pieces about their experiences growing up. After collecting feedback from Gateway businesses, Jonathan emphasized that he would continue to engage the association regarding the project.

Finally, Liz Mahon of the Portland Bureau of Transportation updated members on the status of the Halsey/Weidler Streetscape project, scheduled to break ground near the end of August. A protected bike lane is being added adjacent to the southern curb of Halsey – however, both traffic lanes will be preserved. A number of crosswalks are being added to ensure pedestrian safety, especially with the addition of Gateway Discovery Park. See Liz’s full presentation here.