Lloyd District Master Plan
The city is about to embark on a makeover of the Lloyd District, trying to foster a downtown-style ambiance that’s inviting to pedestrians and bicyclists and lures thousands of new residents and jobs.
The N/NE Quadrant Plan, which comes up for a City Council hearing Thursday, revives former Mayor Vera Katz’s dream of putting a “lid” on a freeway — only this time it’s Interstate 5 north of the Rose Garden arena.
The N/NE plan aims to spur a host of new office and residential towers throughout the Lloyd District, via zone changes and eased building height limits. The city hopes new incentives can be dangled before billionaire Paul Allen to leverage public access to the largely vacant Willamette riverfront he owns on the eastside, between the grain silos and the Broadway Bridge.
Proponents say the N/NE plan could reshape the Lloyd District much like past plans led to the revitalization of downtown Portland, starting in the 1970s.
The Lloyd District’s “time is coming,” says Lloyd Lindley, an urban designer with his own architectural firm who co-chaired the stakeholder’s group working on the N/NE Quadrant plan the past year and a half.
The N/NE project also aims to improve traffic safety on a stretch of I-5 that bisects the area. That has the highest accident rate anywhere on Oregon’s freeway system — three times as high as the Terwilliger curves.
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