Fargo Row Lot Project

Project managers: Jason Mercury (mercury.j@gmail.com) and Katy Wolf (katyewolf@gmail.com)


Our plan is to adopt the land, manage the landscaping and lawn maintenance, and activate it as a community space. There are a number of opportunities here; possible community garden, public park space, dog play area, movie nights. 

Separately, Jason is also working with PBOT to paint a mural on the adjacent Albina PBOT yard wall. 


  • Did you know Prince donated $10,000 to start a community garden here in the 90s? Read the story.
  • The site currently has no water hookup.
  • The site is used informally as a dog park already, but it has no fence or trash cans.
  • Between 2000 and 2009, there were 9 nuisance violation permits issued.
  • Mowing is done inconsistently by ODOT, and the slack is picked up by neighbors who use the site as a dog play area.
  • Site is currently zoned R1 Residential.
  • Site is 0.04 acres.


4/2/17: Jason and Katy are seeking to get clarity on plans for the land from ODOT and PBOT. PBOT may want to buy the land for their Kerby Yard redesign in a few years. BNA has a $500 Small Grant available which closes April 26.

7/19/16: Jason's application was cancelled. ODOT declared the land "surplus" which means it's no longer "adoptable"; it is "sellable". 

6/22/16: Jason's application to ODOT to adopt the land was accepted. 

May 2016: BNA Letter of Support