THE BEE's "want ads" are named "Community Classifieds".

An important innovation is that classified ads placed in THE BEE may also be available at the special Community Classifieds website, at the HotLink below!

In addition, Community Classifieds now offer the additional service of in-column photographs of vehicles and homes for sale. The photos can not only appear in THE BEE, but on the website as well.

Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in any combination of the 24 other newspapers in the "Community Newspapers" group, including the weekly Clackamas Review, Oregon City News, Lake Oswego Review, and West Linn Tidings; the monthly Sherwood Gazette, and Southwest Community Connection; the twice-weekly Gresham Outlook and Portland Tribune; and the other newspapers in the group.

To get information or place your classified ad by phone, here's the number to call: 503/620-7355!

Now, click on the logo directly below, and read the Pamplin Media "Community Classifieds"!

Community Classifieds, want ads



This is a rendering of the 111-unit apartment complex to be built on the former U.S. Bank drive-up-ATM lot. The drawing was shared with neighbors in February, in a “Zoom” online meeting.
This is a rendering of the 111-unit apartment complex to be built on the former U.S. Bank drive-up-ATM lot. The drawing was shared with neighbors in February, in a “Zoom” online meeting. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Plans for Woodstock’s ‘US Bank drive-up-ATM’ property


The U.S. Bank drive-up-ATMs, on S.E. Knight Street in Woodstock between S.E. 46th and 47th Avenues closed during the fall of 2022. Since then, the parking lot and later the small ATM kiosk building on the south side became inhabited people living in tents and vehicles. Trash on the property, and drugs and violence, were a problem.

In early 2023 the property was purchased by William and Mary Zilk and James Darby. The lot was then enclosed with a chain-link fence. Shortly thereafter, the fence was cut into, allowing the southeast corner and the area in front of the kiosk to be continually occupied by tents and sleeping bags.

The property transaction closed on January 9th, and a month later the lot was cleaned up.  The inhabitants relocated themselves within the Woodstock neighborhood, and a few returned to the 46th Avenue sidewalk.

On Tuesday, February 7th, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association Land Use Committee hosted David Mullens, the Development Manager for a new building project on the site – he appeared at an online Zoom meeting held to inform neighbors about the development.  (Mullens later, in an email, said the name for the future apartment complex has not yet been determined.)

At the meeting Mullens – and Scott McDonald, an architect with Studio 3 Architects – showed renderings of the planned building, and answered questions and suggestions from fourteen neighbors who attended the meeting.

The neighbors were informed that the development will be a four-story structure containing 111 apartments, 22 of them “affordable”. There will be 83 one-bedroom apartments, 6 two-bedroom apartments, and 22 studio apartments. The studios will be 311 square feet each; the one-bedrooms, 503 square feet; and the two bedroom apartments, 540 square feet. “They are small apartments,” conceded Mullens. 

“The [Portland] Housing Bureau makes sure the ‘affordable units’ match the unit mix, and they are spread out throughout the building. We don’t want the tenants [of ‘affordable units’] to feel any different than those who are renting at market rates,” said Mullens.

The front door of the building will face 46th Avenue, where there will be a main lobby and a loading zone. Another smaller lobby containing an elevator will face 47th Avenue. The building will have no ground-floor retail space, and there will be no on-site vehicle parking. “The city forgoes parking when there are ‘affordable units’. There will be a multitude of bike parking, with bikes secured in interior lockable areas,” informed Mullens. In addition to ten 10’ x 3’ cargo bike parking spaces, there will be 157 regular-sized bike parking spaces. 

Construction is expected to begin in late summer of this year, and to be completed in two years.  Regarding rental rates, Mullen remarked, “Rent is market-driven, not federally subsidized, with the exception of the 22 ‘affordable units’.”  He estimated market rates to rent the studios will before $1,200-1,500, the one-bedrooms, $1,300-1,500; and the two-bedrooms, $1,500-1,800.

Neighbors attending the meeting raised questions about trash and recycling, and were told that receptacles will be on the 46th Avenue side, stored inside the building. There will be a five-foot retaining wall adjacent to the Delta Café parking lot. The current southeast dirt parking area behind the Lutz Tavern will be part of the apartment complex.

Neighbor Sarah Erlund suggested exterior accents of “green or turquoise – something more lively [than the “corporate orange displayed on the renderings”] – to fit the ‘Woodstock vibe’.”

At the end of the meeting, Mullens assured neighbors that the construction site will have security patrols each night for two years, until the building is completed.

Any further questions about the project can be emailed to --

The owners of the new “Bridge Town Laundry” on Johnson Creek Boulevard are Christopher and Febrina Ahles.
The owners of the new “Bridge Town Laundry” on Johnson Creek Boulevard are Christopher and Febrina Ahles. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New coin laundry open on Johnson Creek Blvd


Those who do not have access to a washing machine or dryer have seen a decline in coin-operated laundries available to them within a convenient distance. Now, those living on or near Johnson Creek Boulevard have better access to such a service than they used to have.

“Bridge Town Laundry” has opened at 4437 S,E, Johnson Creek Boulevard, adjacent to “Maids By Trade”. Owners Christopher and Febrina Ahles, and their two assistants, tell THE BEE that the new shop has 20 washers and 18 driers. “We have some of the biggest washers in Portland,” proudly says Christopher, “So you can wash king-sized comforters, pillows, dog beds, and such, right here.

“Furthermore, larger washers spin faster than most washers, removing more dirt and coming out drier, so clothes need less drying time. Each of our machines has a state-of-the-arts touch-screen control for easy use, which we can help you with if that’s new to you. We have an ‘app payment system’ – or you can still use quarters.”

Continuing THE BEE’s tour of the new business, Febrina said, “In the back corner we have a soap center that offers soaps, bleach, softeners, laundry bags, and a coin changer. Our app notifies you three minutes before your load is completed. Customers can put in a wash, then go do errands – and we'll put the load into a drier for them.

“We plan to offer a drop-off service soon, in which customers can drop off laundry and we'll wash and dry it for them, and notify them when to pick it up. We hope to soon partner with a local dry cleaner to offer even more services.”

The new coin laundry offers eight dedicated parking spaces out front on a first-come, first- served basis. They're open daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., with the last load allowed in at 9 p.m. Call them for further information at 503/888-7159.


Noted business expert Zoe Morrison speaks at March’s AHB meeting.
Noted business expert Zoe Morrison speaks at March’s AHB meeting.

Tips on how to use “Canva”, at AHB in March: The March speaker at the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood is Zoe Morrison – on the subject, “How to use ‘Canva’.” The Canva application is a free designing tool that is simple to use and learn. With its numerous templates, drag and drop interface, and thousands of design assets, anyone can create beautiful marketing materials – including flyers, postcards, social media posts, presentations, and video. Zoe has provided remote administrative tech support and social media services to home-based and small businesses since 2007 throughout the country. Anyone in a small or a home business, or who is just interested in the talk, is invited to attend the meeting, 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 16th, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. $10 door charge includes supper! RSVP please, for planning, to –; or call 503/232-2326. More details online –

Café Zamora finally opens on Powell: Café Zamora, formerly on Gladstone Street, and the subject of a BEE article last year about its upcoming move to Powell Boulevard, has finally opened at its new location, 3602 S.E. Powell Boulevard, on the south side of the highway.  Located next to Orangetheory Fitness, just east across the parking lot from Chipotle Mexican Grill and a food pod, its restaurant license was approved on January 25th by the Multnomah County Health Department. In its new spacious shop of almost 900 square feet, the popular coffee shop is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tables, chairs, and couches are the furnishings. Bulk Guatemalan coffee is available for purchase. A community area in the shop will host small events at some time in the future.

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