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About Lents

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.
The NE corner overlaps with the Powellhurst-Gillbert neighborhood. In addition to Powellhurst-Gilbert on the north and east, Lents also borders Foster-Powell, and Brentwood-Darlington on the west and Pleasant Valley on the east.

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
Lents Farmers Market 
Lents community has 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 making an effort to be accessible to people who might not normally attend farmers’ markets due to financial or language barriers. Vendors at the market will accept WIC and senior coupons this year, and beginning next year, vendors will accept Oregon food stamps. They take place in the  summer. The markets are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Crossroads Plaza on Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road.
Urban Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Stand
Right on the corner of 80th and Foster is a wonderful fresh fruit and vegetable market with huge crates of whatever is fresh and in season…..at a huge discount. I have gone there many many times, and think it’s the best deal in the whole Portland Metro area for fresh produce. The staff is super nice- and it’s right on the main road, so easy to get in and out of.
The Springwater Trail goes right through Lents- it starts in Sellwood- goes north along Oaks Bottom and connects with the Esplanade that floats on the Willamette River- and goes east from Sellwood along Johnson Creek through beautiful wetlands and forests- coming out in Lents- and going on to form a future 40 mile loop. I’ve ridden it from Sellwood- it is pretty cool! I can be in Lents in just 10 or 15 minutes!  There is more about the Springwater Trail with maps, links, photos and more If you look below to the Park Section.
Zenger Farm  A unique working urban farm that is open for tours, teaches classes to kids about sustainable farm practices, and helps build community closeness!  http://www.zengerfarm.org/about-the-farm
Festivals:  Music in the Park  are outdoor concerts in Lents Park all summer long!  Check out the calendar to find out when and what.  There is also the Founders Day Parade that celebrates Lents History.

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.
Lent's town was originally built as a self-sufficient town and suburb of Portland. As Portland spread further out, Lent's was annexed into the city in 1912. Because of its distance and lower income class, it has been repeatedly neglected by the city. The I-205 Freeway was originally destined for 39th Ave., but the money in Laurelhurst fought it off. Then it was planned for 52nd Ave, but by the time it came to final planning, the city had grown. This necessitated moving it further out to 95th Ave. Lents did not have the money to fight the city, and the freeway was built, ripping the suburb in half. In contrast, Maywood Park at NE Prescott St., was able to secede from the city, establish themselves as their own city, and politically fight the freeway from cutting through their neighborhood.
The City of Portland has seen the huge potential in Lents- and is bringing her back to life establishing  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 to the Clackamas Town Center.
Future Max Service - http://www.trimet.org/i205/index.htm and http://www.trimet.org/projects/index.htm
Watch a video of future service at - http://www.trimet.org/i205/video.htm
Neighborhood Plan- http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=90929
92nd ave improvment project - http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=eageb&a=baadga
Project map - http://www.pdc.us/pdf/ura/lents_town_center/lents_project-map.pdf
Neighborhood Website  http://ilovelents.com

 

Portland maps map of boundries-

 

Future Plans PortlandCreativeRealtors.com

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.

Click here to go to the interactive Lents Town Center Map

Click here to go to Future Max Service  projects

Click here for Future Max Service

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

Watch a video of future service

Official Neighborhood Plan-

92nd ave improvment project

Project map -

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • No income limits
  • Available within the Portland city limits
  • All properties must be owner-occupied, including one unit of a two to four unit structure
  • Any type of permanent improvements or repairs qualifies, including additions and built-in appliances
  • Applicant must meet standard first mortgage underwriting criteria
Lents Farmers Market

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:

    • Leaking Roof
    • Dangerous Wiring/Faulty Electrical Circuitry
    • Failing Structural System
    • Faulty Plumbing
    • Broken Sewer Connection
    • Inoperable Heating System
    • Hazardous Porch/Stairs
    • Critical Accessibility Need
    • Code Violations Related to Health or Safety
  • Property taxes must be current for owners qualifying for the loan, or no more than two years' delinquent
  • There must be equity in the property equal to the loan amount
  • Applicant must intend to occupy the property as the primary residence throughout the term of the loan
  • Total assets cannot exceed $50,000, not including the value of the primary residence
  • Applicant must be on title to the property

Loan Conditions

  • The loan amounts range from $5,000-$10,000; some repair needs may be extensive or too costly and consequently not feasible under this program
  • Lien placed on the property, from 20-30 years, depending on the interest rate
  • Loan comes due when the property changes hands

Learn more about the repair loan by clicking here

Business finance program - There are also business loans to help new businesses get started in Lents. Click here to learn more

Tax abatement Program-

East Portland Planning with maps and charts

  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 - SE 92nd Ave & Holgate Blvd -Acreage: 38.13
Acquired in 1914

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

Here is a link to see what they are planning to do to the park

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 - Acreage: 7.47
Acquired in 1941 and includes baseball field, disabled access play area, disabled access restroom, horseshoe pit, paths - paved, paths - unpaved, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, and tennis court - outdoor. This neighborhood park, another of Portland 's many beautiful parks, resembles a natural stadium the way the old-growth trees surround the fields on these seven and a half acres. There are many things to do here including baseball, tennis, soccer and picnicking. There's also a wading pool and playground for the kids. All ages will be glad to know there are rest rooms here, too. The southeast part of town is often overlooked, but it can be less crowded.

Raymond Park - SE 118th Ave & Raymond St-Acreage: 5.67
Acquired in 1993 and includes basketball court - outdoor, disabled access play area, horseshoe pit, paths - paved, picnic tables, playground, and wading pool or water play feature.

Ed Benedict Park - SE 100th Ave & Powell Blvd -Acreage: 12.75
Acquired in 1986 and includes basketball court - outdoor, disabled access play area, disabled access restroom, paths - paved, paths - unpaved, picnic tables, playground, public garden, soccer field, statue or public art, and wedding site - reservable.

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
Acquired in 1990 and includes disabled access restroom, natural area, paths - paved, picnic tables, trails - biking, trails - equestrian, trails - hiking, and vista point. The Springwater Corridor is the major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop which was inspired by the 1903 Olmsted plan of a parkway and boulevard loop to connect park sites. The eventual developed trail will be over 21 miles long.
For the most part, the trail is well separated from the public road. The route is a scenic one, encompassing wetlands, buttes, agricultural fields and pastures, residential and industrial neighborhoods. Close to Johnson Creek, one of the last free-flowing streams in Portland 's urban area, the trail criss-crosses the stream on its course to the Willamette River . The Corridor connects several parks and open spaces including Tideman Johnson Nature Park , Beggars-tick Wildlife Refuge, the I-205 Bike Path, Leach Botanical Garden , Powell Butte Nature Park , and Gresham 's Main City Park . The Springwater Corridor is a multi-use trail. The paved surface is generally 10-12 feet wide with soft shoulders. The hard surface trail is designed to accommodate walkers, joggers, hikers, bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers. Equestrian use is more common east of I-205 where a separate soft surface path meanders away from the main trail where topography allows.


Johnson Creek and the Springwater Corridor are intertwined, with at least 10 trail bridges over the creek. The creek was once host to abundant native fish populations, including threatened salmon species. Following a series of floods in the mid-1990s, the City of Portland began acquiring properties in the Johnson Creek floodplain. Protected as natural areas, these properties provide flood storage, wildlife habitat, and opportunities for wildlife observation along the Corridor. Ongoing streambank restoration will improve habitat and water quality for threatened fish species.

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.
In addition to passengers, the rail hauled farm produce to Portland markets. It was at this time it acquired the name Springwater Line, probably because of the planned connection to the community of Springwater on the Clackamas River . It was also known as the Portland Traction Company Line, the Cazadero Line, and the Bellrose Line.

Many communities developed along the Springwater Line including Sellwood, Waverley Heights , Eastmoreland, Woodstock , Errol Heights , Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert, and Pleasant Valley . Towns that developed along the line include Milwaukie , Gresham , Boring, Eagle Creek, Estacada, and Cazadero. During the peak of the railroad era, the Springwater Line was the linkage between these communities. To encourage weekend use, the rail corporation developed destination parks along the line such as Oaks Amusement Park on the banks of the Willamette River in Sellwood. These parks became major attractions, drawing thousands of passengers each weekend. Passenger service was discontinued in 1958.

Much of the Corridor was acquired by the City of Portland in 1990, with additional acquisitions by Metro in the following years. Master planning for the Corridor began in 1991, and included active participation by citizens, agencies, organizations, and municipalities. Construction of the initial Portland segment was completed September 1996. The trail through Gresham was built in 1996 and an additional mile east of Gresham was built in 2000. With the completion of a 3-mile segment from SE Ivon to SE Umatilla Streets (known as Springwater on the Willamette) in 2005, the trail within Portland is nearly complete.

The Corridor is part of a larger trail system: on the west side of McLoughlin it parallels the Willamette River to the eastside industrial area, and south of Boring it continues to Estacada. Funding is in place to build three bridges over McLoughlin Blvd , the Union Pacific Railroad, and Johnson Creek. The addition of the 10.8 mile section between Boring and Estacada, or routes east to Government Camp, offers the real possibility of a trail connection to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Click here to see larger interactive map of trail

Click here to see bigger map of bike path

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 .

Portland walking map -

Bikers Map for the Lents area -

Bikers Map for The rest of Portland  

Beggars Tick Natural Area

Click here for more about Beggers Tick and larger interactive map

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.

Grow Wise

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.

Scholarship Shares

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.

http://www.zengerfarm.org/

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