The Belmont Goats detail a very local move, invite other neighborhoods to pitch the herd’s next home
We came to Lents in the fall of 2014 under a Portland Development Commission initiative to site interesting projects on several empty properties in the Town Center area on an interim basis until those locations could undergo development. The herd’s presence at our current lot on SE 91st between Foster and Reedway was understood from the very beginning to be temporary.
With the development of our current site finally on the way, we’ve spent the last month or so comparing relocation options. Today we are pleased officially to announce that as it stands now we will remain in Lents Town Center until sometime in the first half of 2017. Over the course of March and April of this year, we will move all of two blocks northeast to what’s known as lot “92H”, between Wattles Boys & Girls Club and Carpet Outlet. As before, the Portland Development Commission will be assisting our relocation.
Lents was the first test of being able to relocate the herd after two years in Buckman, and now we’ll be able to test not just a second move but also the planned modularity of the barn and our fence deconstruction/reconstruction skills without leaving the neighborhood.
Once we start getting all the paperwork in place, we will share our ideas for how we will utilize 92H, including our layout. We also will share what sorts of help we will need along the way during the construction process. Look for these updates on Facebook and Twitter. There no doubt will be much to do, and we fully expect to continue the work party tradition which started when we began site planning and construction where we are now. Everyone here at The Belmont Goats looks forward to continuing our engagement with the Lents community, and continuing the experience for the Portland community at large.
This move comes with benefits and drawbacks.
It keep us awhile longer in the neighborhood which so graciously invited us and which has been so welcoming ever since, and promises some interesting neighborhood activity during construction, transition, and the actual move of the herd itself; many of our goats will be able to walk from old home to new.
A potential stay on 92H only into the first half of 2017, however, might mean moving twice in (roughly) a single 12-month period. That would pose both programmatic and fiscal challenges, as such a narrow residency window could result in less attention and fewer resources then we would like devoted to activities rather than to planning for another imminent move. It also could mean that rather than conducting a relocation fundraiser once every two or three years (our ultimate goal, as we seek to share this experience with different neighborhoods around the city over time), we could be faced with the prospect of having to tap that well twice in the span of a year.
We’ll navigate these challenges as best we can; they’re all a part of the adventure of being Portland’s resident herd.
As it stands, the use permit for our current SE 91st runs through April. Our intention is to launch a fundraising campaign in February and March (yes, the long-awaited t-shirt fundraiser). Unlike the crowdfunder for our relocation to Lents, this will involve neither a variety of perks nor us handling fulfillment by ourselves. Given a successful enough fundraiser, we will set aside some portion and dedicate it to the post-92H move, to mitigate against the challenges of potentially moving twice in a year.
One final note: while we will have a slightly-extended stay in Lents, yes, we remain The Belmont Goats. Once our stay on 92H is complete, that will be it for viable property in the Town Center area. Our current mission is to share this experience with different areas of the city over time, while crediting how this all began.
Timed to coincide with this lateral move within Lents Town Center, we’ve revised our Hosting the Belmont Goats: A Relocation How-To document to reflect our current schedule. If you think your neighborhood would be a good fit for us in the future, please start work on proposals right away. We’d love to be looking at initial pitches by the end of Spring 2016, with an eye toward those targeting a move in the first half of 2017.
The sooner yours becomes the next host neighborhood, the sooner we can focus on making our final months in Lents the best they can be.
The Belmont Goats is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Oregon, EIN 46-5038819. We rely on your contributions to help keep the herd healthy, happy, and accessible to the public. You can also donate via PayPal or Square Cash, and set your AmazonSmile, eBay, or eScrip charity to The Belmont Goats.