The Oregonian: Sabin Triangle park project to benefit from Portland State University student work
Author: Larry Bingham, The Oregonian
Posted: February 12, 2013

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Grassroots efforts to revamp the forlorn patch of concrete, grass and trees along Northeast Prescott Street and 15th Avenue known as the Sabin Triangle are about to take another leap forward, according to a Monday night presentation from a Portland State University civil engineering class working on the project.

Architects Without Borders two years ago designed plans to turn the area into a community park. Now, said Professor Tom Szymoniak, 10 PSU seniors will survey the area and determine if the plan will work on the property.

The pro bono work is a boon to the $450,000 project, Sabin Community Association Vice Chairwoman Gwenn Baldwin said at the group's board meeting.

Students will map the area, survey electrical, water and sewer lines, review records, perform a soil contamination survey, and evaluate the suitability of the site. The intersection, which was the last stop on a 1913 trolley line back when Alameda, Laurelhurst and Irvington were considered suburbs of Portland, became a concrete triangle after the trolley tracks were removed.

The surveying is likely to take place the first week of March. After surveying, the next step will be seeking more community input, Szymoniak said.

Until then, Arborscape will donate its services to prune the existing trees and remove two dying ones. An agreement between the neighborhood association and the city, to maintain the area, is being evaluated by the city attorney, Baldwin said.

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-- Larry Bingham