Pizzicato is finishing up remodeling after the damage due to the explosion and plan to reopen next Monday, February 13th.
23rd & Glisan fence project: A Team at Loy Clark Pipeline is working with the Nob Business Association and the City of Portland to improve the appearance of the construction fence at the site. They plan to promote affected businesses impacted and others in the Nob Hill neighborhood on a wrap that will cover the fence. If have questions, email project manager Ryan Frank at email@example.com.
Loy Clark’s Recover NW 23rd website: Loy Clark recently added a web page dedicated to the recovery. The page includes a summary of their response, resources for help and links to stay informed. They are also welcoming feedback through a form posted on the page. Please share the link with your friends and send feedback directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a brief update from Portland Fire & Rescue on their results of their investigation into the explosion. Of course, this simply looks at the cause of the explosion and fire, not the policy and procedures leading up to the incident. That’s what the Oregon Public Utility Commission is continuing to investigate. That investigation is expected to take a few more weeks to complete.
PF&R’S ARSON SQUAD RELEASES THE CAUSE OF NW 23RD EXPLOSION AND FIRE (PHOTO)
News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 10:53 AM
Portland Fire & Rescue’s Arson Squad has determined that the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire, that occurred on the morning of October 19th at NW 23rd Ave and Glisan St, was started by a series of events that are all deemed to be unintentional in nature. The cause began when an excavator struck a steel gas line. The contact pulled the pipe out of a fitting that was further underground, which started the release of natural gas. The natural gas then traveled under ground near the pipe and entered the basement of 500 NW 23rd Ave. An unknown ignition source ignited the gas when it reached the flammable ignition percentage in that enclosed space. Because the power was on to that building and due to the number of possible electrical and other ignition sources in the basement, fire investigators are classifying the specific ignition source as unknown at this time.
Portland Fire & Rescue was assisted by Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Fire & Rescue Investigators, and Oregon State Police during the investigation.
A MESSAGE FROM JONNA & FELICIA – CITY OF PORTLAND – Dec. 9, 2016
The explosion clean-up is reaching a point where they may need to change their set-up for loading and unloading. This will mean moving around the fences and cones again; they are working on the way that seems least disruptive to merchants and residents. Expect an update when they have a plan for the next phase.
I have heard fewer complaints about noise and lights, so I am hoping that situation is moderating somewhat. I would still appreciate knowing about your concerns so I can be an advocate within the City. Even if you’ve filed one complaint, if the issue does re-occur, it is worth filling out the form again:
Traffic safety concerns can be reported online or at 503-823-SAFE.
Noise complaints, including construction outside permitted hours: 503-823-7350 or online.
Code enforcement, including lights shining from construction site: 503-823-2633 or online.
Police non-emergency, including noise, lights, trespassing, which requires an immediate response: 503-823-3333.
The holidays can be hard. If you need someone to talk to, help is available. Multnomah County’s mental health services, including counselling and referrals, can be accessed any time by calling 503-988-4888. You don’t need to have insurance, and you don’t need to be in crisis to ask for help.
Dosha building owner Bob Saks, architects from Allied Works (which designed the original building), and city planners met this week to discuss re-building. The owner’s plan is to re-build almost exactly as before. They are working on drawings to submit to the City and hope to get the project going as soon as possible.
An update from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management on the NW 23rd recovery project
December 2, 2016
A live performance benefit for our friends Rik Bartel and Kim Fisher. Their company Portland Bagelworks was instantly obliterated in a gas explosion on October 19th and they need our help, so let’s pull together!! Come out and bring your friends to enjoy seven fantastic back-to back performances by some of the best acts in the Salem/Portland/Vancouver area:
2-3pm After Hrs Band
3-4pm Petty Fever
4-5pm Thunder Brothers
5-6pm Jambo and The Senate
6-7pm Mike Branch Band
7-8pm Andy Madson Band
8-9pm Brady Goss and company
21+… only $20 at the door and every penny goes into the recovery fund. Great entertainment, great food and drinks, and raffle prizes every hour!