Massive turnout to oppose BottleDrop in St. Johns

St. Johns neighborhood board tallies the vote to oppose the BottleDrop
St. Johns Neighborhood Association meeting on March 11, 2024, with nearly 300 in-person participants and another 190 joining via Zoom. Photo by Barbara Quinn.

Nearly 500 people turned out for the St. Johns Neighborhood Association (SJNA) meeting on March 11, either in-person or by Zoom to discuss the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative purchase of the former Dollar Tree store at 7740 N. Lombard to be used as a BottleDrop Redemption Center.

The in-person portion of the SJNA meeting was held at James John School auditorium to accommodate the 269 residents in attendance. Another 190 joined the meeting via Zoom.

An initial motion was made and seconded to oppose the BottleDrop. The floor was then opened for comments from attendees. Comments were unanimously against the project and many speakers inspired fervent clapping. Afterwards a vote was called and was overwhelmingly in favor of opposing the BottleDrop.

Besides opposition from SJNA, the Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) and University Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA) boards have also taken positions against the BottleDrop siting on N. Lombard. All three neighborhood associations have written letters to City and State leaders in opposition to the plan.

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