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Special Coverage of SK Northwest

SK Northwest, a retailer of jet-skis and personal watercraft, wants to develop a parcel of land on the Willamette riverfront just south of OMSI. They are fighting to be exempt from putting a trail easement through their property.

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City denies Springwater development appeal

Posted on October 2nd, 2006 at 8:35 am.

[Scan of appeal decision mailed out Saturday]Editor's note: Lines drawn by my daughter ;-)

The City of Portland Hearings Office* has denied the land use appeal of Shawn Karambelas. Karambelas is the business owner who wanted to develop a parcel of land just south of OMSI without including plans for public trail access on [...]

Update on SK Northwest hearing

Posted on August 17th, 2006 at 2:52 pm.

[Looking south at currentend of Esplanade path.]

Yesterday was the public hearing on the SK Northwest development case. Unfortunately I wasn't there but here's a report from what I've heard and read so far.
According to Evan Manvel of the BTA there were about 45 people there which is "significantly more than these hearings usually [...]

Public hearing for SK Northwest today

Posted on August 16th, 2006 at 10:27 am.

Dang. This is way late but the public hearing for SK Northwest is today at 1:30 at the Bureau of Development Services (1900 SW 4th Ave, 3rd floor).
To refresh your memory, SK Northwest is the company that is in escrow on a property just south of OMSI on the riverfront. They want to [...]

SK Northwest case on front page of Oregonian

Posted on July 13th, 2006 at 12:09 pm.

I just love it that when someone opposes a recreational path in Portland it's considered front page news.
This morning the Oregonian splashed the SK Northwest story on their front page.
This coverage will add fuel what is becoming a growing fire. Let's just hope we can figure this mess out. Regardless of [...]

New appeal in SK Northwest case

Posted on July 11th, 2006 at 6:17 am.

The SK Northwest case is getting messier by the week. There has just been a second appeal (links to PDF) filed against the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) decision to not allow their permit. SK Northwest is seeking to build their business on a key section of the Springwater Corridor Trail and not [...]

UPDATE: SK Northwest appeals permit decision, public hearing set

Posted on June 20th, 2006 at 2:01 pm.

[Download appeal]

[UPDATE: Download appeal JPEG, 94K.]
SK Northwest, the company that wants to develop a parcel on the Willamette River and not allow public trail access through their property, has appealed the recent denial of their development permit.
According to Kate Green of the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services, a public hearing has [...]

City denies Springwater development

Posted on June 10th, 2006 at 9:34 pm.

The City of Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has denied the development application of Shawn Karambelas and his company, SK Northwest (PDF of the official decision).
SK's application to build on the Willamette River became a big deal because they didn't want to allow a trail to be built across their property, in spite of [...]

Springwater situation looks bleak

Posted on May 4th, 2006 at 1:40 pm.

[See this comment for an update.]
Yesterday I received a phone call from Shawn Karambelas, owner of SK Northwest (I had left a message for him last week). This is the company currently in escrow on a lot just south of OMSI on the Willamette River, smack dab in the middle of a potential trail [...]

Economics, security cited as reasons against trail

Posted on April 26th, 2006 at 10:04 pm.

[For reference, here are the previous posts on this issue:
Springwater development may nix trail improvement
Springwater development update]
This morning I spoke with Wayne Kingsley, the owner on record of the land being purchased by SK Northwest. Wayne is a well-known local businessman and president of American Waterways, Inc. owner and operator of the Portland Spirit [...]

Springwater development update

Posted on April 25th, 2006 at 8:29 am.

[The lot in question. Click to enlarge.]

SK Northwest's plans to develop on the Willamette River, and their opposition to an existing trail easement (see this comment) a potential trail that would connect a popular portion of the Springwater Corridor Trail, has been met with serious concern from the community. Last week's post has generated [...]

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