Plans and a building design were presented by 7-Eleven. Needless to say, the neighborhood residents of Woodstock were opposed to the site being occupied by 7-Eleven. After many hours of discussion no real decisions were made other than finding out these facts:
- 7-Eleven has already signed a lease with the landholder and while they say they may be willing to break that lease, penalties for such were not discussed.
- The developer is not interested in building for anyone other than 7-Eleven due to the fact that 7-Eleven has great credit (considering it is the largest chain store in the world, surpassing McDonald's by 1,000 stores). He is also the exclusive developer for 24-Hour Fitness.
- The water and sewer have already been disconnected at the Arby's site and demolition is planned for the next three weeks with a new building construction planned in as little as 30 days.
- This meeting was the first time anyone from the community has seen the artist renderings of the site plan or the schematics for that plan.
- 7-Eleven has NOT followed and completed all of the Title 33 zoning codes for convenience stores by the City of Portland. [Click here to download Title 33]
- Title 33 states that the land owner and future tenant and were supposed to contact the neighborhood association to inform them of this meeting and then to discuss a mandatory Good Neighbor Plan. They made no effort to do this.
- Title 33 also states that the and owner and future tenant were supposed to send notice to the adjacent properties within 15 days of this meeting informing them of this meeting. They did not.
- A representative of the neighborhood association made it clear that this will be discussed at the next meeting and a date set for a meeting with the landowner to discuss this situation.
- The landowner could possibly be interested in selling the property for an approximate sum of $950,000, and claims that the property has been for sale (although only for lease signs have ever been present on the building).
- Burgerville made an offer on the property but the site was deemed cost prohibitive to develop there.
Other Information to Keep in Mind:
- A survey of Woodstock residents has surfaced that a local or regional brewery, bakery or bookstore would be best received by the residents and frequented often.
- McMinneman's and Solstice Brewing have both been looking for a way to "get into" the Woodstock neighborhood, as both see the area as a good market.
- 7-Eleven, far from a local company, is not even a U.S. company. It is operating under Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd, which in turn is owned by Seven & I Holdings Co. of Japan.
The take-home is this: Click "Follow" at the right of this blog to keep up on this issue. We will be having a rally soon and inviting media outlets. It is important that as many people as possible attend and we get the attention of the City of Portland. We need to fight this! Even if we can't stop them from moving in, we have to consider ways to make them not become a crime magnet. Many suggestions have been made, such as
- Find a way to require the site be a multiple store site where a local bakery, brewery or other tenant can coexist.
- Find a way to require the store to close between the hours of 12pm and 5am to promote safety in the area.
- Find a way to require the store not sell alcohol or only sell it within certain hours.
- Make the adjacent street one-way or local traffic only streets with speed bumps.