July 26th, 2013 @ // No Comments

Here’s a message from Steve Bloom, Executive Director of the Japanese Garden:

July 25, 2013
Dear Neighbors,
As the Portland Japanese Garden continues to plan for an expansion of the Garden and its facilities over the next few years, we intend to continue to keep our neighbors current and engaged in the process. Currently, we are wrapping up the first phase of design, Schematic Design, working through project cost and schedule estimates, and preparing to enter the second phase of design, Design Development. As we reach these milestones, we invite you to join us for a special neighborhood meeting with our design team.
Our project architect, Balazs Bognar, from Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo, along with our local team from THA Architects, Walker Macy Landscape Architects, Hoffman Construction, and The Bookin Group look forward to the opportunity to meet and share information with the neighborhood during a two hour evening meeting. We will spend the first hour providing an informational presentation including current design drawings and site model, details of the proposed lease expansion with Portland Parks & Rec, and the schedule for the upcoming conditional use process. The second half of the meeting will focus on a sightline and screening design workshop that impacts our most immediate neighbors. Throughout the evening you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the designers and our staff.
Please join us on Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm at First Unitarian Methodist Church in Goose Hollow for this special neighborhood meeting. The Church address is 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland OR 97201, however the entrance to the parking lot is at the intersection of SW 18th and Clay. We will be in Collins Hall, located in the Northwest corner of the complex. Entrance into the hall will be from the West end of the parking lot, please look for our signs identifying the entrance.
In addition to this exciting project, the Portland Japanese Garden is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. For 50 years we have strived to be good neighbors, and it is our goal, throughout this project and beyond, to continue those efforts. Please join us in this conversation about our future as we work to make Portland and Arlington Heights an even better place to live!
Stephen D. Bloom
Chief Executive Officer

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