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Neighborhood celebrates new Lents entryway & streetscape

July 28, 2013

Members of the Lents community gathered Sunday, July 28 to join City Commissioner Steve Novick; PDC Chairman Scott Andrews; PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton; Lents Neighborhood Association Chair Nick Christensen; and Zenger Farm Executive Director Jill Kuehler at the dedication of the new Lents Town Center entryway and streetscape improvements.

The newly improved areas at SE 91st Avenue and Foster Road and at the Town Center entryways represent a PDC investment of nearly $4 million. In addition, PDC and PBOT partnered on a federal Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program grant of $1.9 million to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety in the area. The project is located in one of PDC’s priority areas; completion of the entryway fulfills one of the goals of the original Lents urban renewal plan.

The project installed wider sidewalks, street trees, on-street parking, pedestrian-scale lighting, bio-swales and a pedestrian signal to cross Foster and Woodstock safely.  The improvements now provide a more positive pedestrian experience, create a visual entryway to the Lents Town Center, and promote continued investment in the Lents area.

After the dedication, attendees toured the improvements and received free $1 tokens to use at the nearby Lents International Farmers Market.

The celebration set the stage for continued attention to Lents. PDC is working with local residents and businesses on a branding strategy for the Town Center; and has provided storefront grants to nearby clients including Tidee Didee, Working Class Acupuncture, and the Farah building whose tenants include El Pato Feliz and the Eagle Eye. Efforts are ongoing to attract commercial and retail investment to the Lents Town Center.