Public Meetings In Corvallis: New Homelessness Council, Van Buren Bridge

Two meetings will be held in Corvallis on Thursday, June 26 about various city issues. In the afternoon there is an open house to discuss the planned improvements and upgrades to the Van Buren Bridge, and later in the evening a city meeting to discuss the formation of a new advisory council on homelessness.  

The Oregon Department of Transportation will be holding an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Fire Station #4, 365 SW Tunison Ave. They will be discussing the design process and hearing the public’s thoughts on the $69 million of planned upgrades to the bridge, which includes necessary seismic improvements. They plan to expand the eastbound bridge to two lanes, including a multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists.  

Then, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 NW Cleveland Ave, the City of Corvallis and Benton County are holding a joint meeting to hear feedback on a new “multi-jurisdictional” advisory council on “how to assess, plan and respond on the issues of homelessness.” The new group, known as the Home, Opportunity, Planning and Equity Council (HOPE) is being formed after the dissolution of its predecessor, the Housing Opportunities Action Council (HOAC) in May.  

The city’s website states that “a growing population experiencing homelessness and the impact that presents to the local community,” since HOAC’s founding in 2016 prompted the shift to a new “advisory structure.” 

By Ian MacRonald