Is the latest in Portland’s Urban Renewal area-and it’s getting better every day! The new MAX line will have 3 stops right in this neighborhood alone! Because of that, the city has been pouring money into Lents since early 2004- building new streets and sidewalks, new businesses, and lending money to home buyers, businesses and multi-complex investors to remodel and improve everything! It used to be known as Felony Flats- but has done a complete about face in the past 2 or 3 years. It qualifies for the 20% Downpayment Assistance Program through the Portland Development Commission- in other words, the PDC will pay for 20% of your house- and you don’t have to pay it back until you sell…with no interest! It also qualifies for the PDC remodeling loan, which loans you money to fix up your house- and you don’t pay that back until you sell either!! No interest!
This is exactly what happened in North Portland several years ago. It used to be a “Drive-by Only,” if you don’t want to get shot…..but has become a really hot cool urban neighborhood that is high demand and expensive! Think about University Place, Piedmont, Overlook, Kenton…..they are all hot neighborhoods and hard to get into- All because of the coming of the MAX and the city pouring this money into it!
Where are Lent’s boundaries?
The northern boundary is SE Powell Blvd, the west is somewhere between SE 78th and 82nd…depending on where you are. The south boundary is Mt Scott Blvd and Flavel- and the east boundary is SE 112th. The neighborhood is one of the largest in the city- and one of it’s oldest. It is also very diverse- with many Asian, Russian/Eastern European, and Latino immigrants.
I have watched Lents grow and change- it is so exciting to see! There are so many cool old homes with hardwood floors, character, wide moldings, attics and basements and big yards! There are several parks here too- Lents Park being the biggest. It is a huge beautiful park with lots of trees, fields for playing ball and Frisbee, a water feature for kids to play in, playground equipment and even a summer crafts program for kids. There is a lot of community involvement- and programs to get people together. This is an awesome place for young families to live, because it’s still affordable, but on it’s way up! Check out the community calendar http://ilovelents.com/?page_id=115 and the neighborhood website http://ilovelents.com
The new Max line is scheduled to open at the end of the summer- September 2009. That’s when prices and desirability should reach a high point. It will run along 205- from Clackamas Town Center to connect with the east west Max that goes into downtown. When I go to Lents, I just go across the Ross Island, out on Foster to 82nd, and am there from downtown in less than 10 minutes. You can also take 84 to 205 and get off at Foster and 92nd. There are also several good bus lines- TriMet lines 10-Harold, 14-Hawthorne, 17-Holgate, and 71-60th Avenue/122nd Avenue and 72-82nd Avenue.
Cool Features of Lents
History of Lents- Pretty interesting!
Lents was originally platted as the Town of Lent by Oliver P. Lent (1830–1899) in 1892. The original town was bounded by SE Foster Rd., SE Duke St., SE 92nd Ave, and SE 97th Ave.
The Max and Urban Renewal
In recent years, Portland has seen the potential value of the Lents neighborhood and established it as an Urban Renewal Zone, subsidizing new building and remodeling costs and temporarily waiving property taxes. Many new homes and businesses have been established and more are planned. The MAX light rail system is being expanded southward from the Gateway hub , along I-205, through Lents Town Center and on to the Clackamas Town Center.
The urban renewal district will get its first office development -- a corporate headquarters, a 77,000-square-foot property, owned by PDC, along Southeast Foster Road between Southeast 88th and 91st avenues at 8919 S.E. Foster Rd.
A long-stalled improvement project is under way at Earl Boyles Park in Lents - one that will include new features for tots, a water play area and a community garden. The nearly 8-acre park is located next to Earl Boyles Elementary School at Southeast 112th Avenue and Boise Street
Special Urban Renewal Loan Programs-
The Portland Development Commission approved a new small residential rental rehabilitation loan program that will use urban renewal funds for rehabilitating run-down, unsafe neighborhood rental housing.
The program will offer assumable, deferred payment loans to existing rental housing property owners of one-to-four units in exchange for repairing units so they are affordable to households earning at or below 50 percent of area median family income (MFI). MFI for a family of four at 50 percent (as set by the federal government) is $33,950. Learn more by clicking here
Refinance and Renovation Loan - Offers homeowners at all income levels funds to refinance and renovate a home. Financing is based on the "after-improved" value of the structure and includes the cost of improvements in the loan amount.
A homeowner has the advantage of financing home improvements at a low, first-mortgage interest rate. The homeowner can use funds for renovation up to as much as 50 percent of the "after-improved" value of the property. In some cases, the homeowner can finance up to six months of mortgage payments to cover non-occupancy costs during construction. Click here to learn more about the renovation loans
Lents community established the first-ever international farmers' market. Food vendors at the market will represent a variety of ethnic foods, including Hmong, Hispanic, Turkish and Mien. The market features fresh produce, live music, chef demonstrations and kid's activities. The Lents market is unique- it's the only market that will accept WIC and senior coupons this year, and beginning next year, vendors will accept Oregon food stamps. The markets are held in the summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Crossroads Plaza on Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road .
Home Repair Loan - Eligibility is based on income and need; the loan is granted at a low interest rate, may have a deferred payment; and a lien is placed on the properity. Property must have a critical repair need. Examples of critical repair needs include:
Business finance program - There are also business loans to help new businesses get started in Lents. Click here to learn more
Tax abatement Program-
Parks in Lents
There are 7 parks in Lents, 2 Bike/walking trails that go through Lents and 3 Nature areas.
Lincoln Memorial Park
Established in 1909, Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home occupies approximately 230 acres, making it the largest cemetery in the Portland area. Located across from the Willamette National Cemetery ,and is filled with century old trees, rolling hills and stunning views of surrounding mountains.
Lents Park is named after Oliver Perry Lent, a stonemason who came to Oregon in the 1850s to farm a 190-acre land claim. The area became the center of a growing farm community. George P. Lent, the eldest son of Oliver Lent, platted the town of Lents in 1892. In 1912, the Lents community was annexed from Multnomah County and incorporated into the City of Portland . Amenities - Includes baseball field, basketball court - outdoor, disabled access picnic area, disabled access play area, off-leash dog park, disabled access restroom, football field, horseshoe pit, paths - paved, paths - unpaved, picnic site - reservable, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, stage - outdoor, tennis court - outdoor, and wading pool or water play feature.
Lents Park Improvements Project is to modify Lents Park softball fields and Walker Stadium to accommodate Lents Little League. and the work will begin in fall of 2007 and finish in summer of 2008
Bloomington Park-SE 100th Ave & Steele St-Acreage: 12.95
Acquired in 1940 and includes baseball field, basketball court - outdoor, disabled access restroom, paths - paved, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, and softball field.
Glenwood Park - SE 87th Ave & Claybourne St -
Raymond Park - SE 118th Ave & Raymond St-Acreage: 5.67
Ed Benedict Park - SE 100th Ave & Powell Blvd -Acreage: 12.75
Earl Boyles Park -Portland Parks & Recreation acquired 7.45-acre Earl Boyles Park from Multnomah County in 1986. In the interim, David Douglas School District moved forward with their construction projects and now Earl Boyles Elementary School and a new middle school borders the site. Planning includes a tot play area and water play feature, paved and soft-surface pathways, benches and picnic tables,
Springwater Corridor Trail -SE Ivon St to Boring - Acreage: 188.70
Historical Information about the trail
The Springwater Corridor is a former rail corridor; the Springwater Division Line was developed for rail service in 1903. By 1906, under a joint ownership with Portland General Electric and the Portland Railway Light and Power Company, the line reached its peak usage. By 1910, the company had six electric plants and 161 miles of rail, carrying 16,000 passengers each year on a citywide system.
I-205 Bike Path
This trail parallels busy Interstate 205. This multi-use trail is a major north-south connection between Clackamas, Multnomah and Clark counties. The trail links Oregon City , Gladstone , Portland and Vancouver .
Bikers Map for the Lents area -
Beggars Tick Natural Area
Zenger Farm - 11741 SE Foster Rd
The Park is 6 acres of farmland, bordered by a 10-acre wetland near the historic Lents neighborhood of Portland , Oregon .
Programs. Zenger Farm is a place where vital things happen: kids learn where food really comes from, nourishment is grown for an entire community. These and more are fostered through the Farm's programs.
This program brings local children from grades K-12 to the farm, where they are encouraged to get their hands dirty. Grow Wise gives these kids firsthand farmwork experience and illustrates the inherent relationship between farming and environmental stewardship. Fundamentally, the program shows all kinds of kids that good food comes from healthy ground, and healthy ground can be everywhere - even in a city. Just as long as people take care of it.
Immigrant Market Garden .
This is one of the ways Zenger Farm supports local economic development. Every year, a portion of farmland is reserved for recently immigrated families in the neighborhood. These people use the garden primarily to grow vegetables that are common in their country of origin but are either unavailable or too expensive to buy in the United States . Families are able to grow food for themselves and sell the surplus at local farmer's markets.
Community Supported Agriculture
Zenger Farm contributes land to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program a specific number of families subscribe to a farm by paying a fixed amount for a portion of the season's harvest. Every week throughout the growing season, these shareholders receive prepaid fresh, local, organic produce. provides financial support for the farmer early in the spring when it is most needed. In return, the farmer shares an abundant and diverse harvest with the community. The farm and the families form a mutually beneficial relationship. 47th Avenue Farm began on an oversized lot on 47th Avenue in the Woodstock neighborhood of Southeast Portland and since has grown to include Zenger Farm and several other properties inside the city.
Each season, Zenger Farm helps local disadvantaged families participate in the CSA by donating money toward a family's farm share. In this way, families are encouraged to eat healthy, local, seasonal food at the same time that they support local farms.