Happily, and somewhat surprisingly, last night Portland City Council upheld the appeal of the Northwest Distract Association and denied design approval of the Irving Street parking structure (the Historic Landmarks Commission had previously granted approval to the design).
The issue came down to safety. Commissioner Sam Adams, making the motion to sustain the appeal, cited the conflict between cars entering the structure and the heavy volume of pedestrians in the area.
Adams was joined by the Mayor and Commissioner Sten. The Mayor in particular cited safety as being the factor that decided his view.
So we have parking policy in NW decided again on a 3-2 vote. Will this hold up? WIll the applicants come back to the table to try to negotiate a solution with broader support? Or with they just go to LUBA and continue the “parking wars” to another battle?