Under Construction in Old Town: The Society Hotel (images)

A long neglected building in Old Town is currently being converted into “affordable boutique hotel” to be known as the Society Hotel. The hotel at NW 3rd & Davis will offer a mix of accommodation in 39 rooms, including a bunk room, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and en-suite rooms. A new rooftop terrace will be created, with 360 degree views. The project also includes a full seismic upgrade, and a number of life safety upgrades to the building. The architectural design of the conversion is being led by Integrate Architecture, with retired architect Bill Hawkins acting as a consultant on historic issues.

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Block 136 heading to Design Review (images)

After a going through the Design Advice process earlier in the year, Block 136 is heading to Design Review. The design of the project, located at NW 13th & Johnson, is by Seattle based architects Mithun for Security Properties. The project will replace PNCA’s Goodman building, a building which will be missed by many, even as they recognize the need for the city to change. The project consists of two buildings separated by a courtyard: a 5 story office building facing NW 13th Ave; and a 15 story residential tower facing NW 12th Ave.

Pages from November 18, 2014 - LU 14-230014 DZM AD - Block 136 Mixed Use - Drawings_Page_1_Image_0001

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Pine Street Market (images)

Building permits are currently under review for the Pine Street Market, which is set to open in fall 2015. Located at SW Second & Pine, the project aims to convert the ground floor of the historic United Carriage and Baggage Transfer Building into a new food hall and culinary themed marketplace. Inspiration comes from markets including Seattle’s Melrose Market and New York’s Gotham West Market. The two floors above will become 18,000 sq ft of creative office space.


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North Pearl High-Rises, Part II: The Overton (images)

This post is the second in a series on the high-rises currently under construction in the North Pearl. See also Part I about the Cosmopolitan on the Park and Part III about Block 17.

The Overton apartments are currently under construction on a block that previously housed a single story warehouse. The 26-story building will be 252’ tall, and will include 284 residential units.  The design, for Unico Properties, is by the Seattle of office of ZGF Architects with Ankrom Moisan as associate architect.

The Overton - 01

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Metro Reports: more apartments at Conway, demolition of old Post Office and more

GBD have requested a Pre-Application Conference for a project on Block 294 in the Conway masterplan

GBD have requested a Pre-Application Conference for a project on Block 294 in the Conway masterplan

Every week, the Bureau of Development services publishes a list of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.

SERA have requested early assistance on a project at 1133 SW Market St:

New 9-story market rate apartment building (approximately 100 units)

Lever Architecture have requested early assistance on a project at N Albina & N Blandena:

EA with infrastructure in Design Overlay Zone

G28 Investments LLC have requested early assistance on a project at 440 NE 28th Ave, the site of the recently demolished Lucky Inn:

New 4 story mixed use building. Ground floor retail with 3 floors of rental units

An apartment building is proposed at 1640 SE Tacoma St:

Construction for new four story apartment building over a concrete parking lot with retail space

GBD Architects have requested a Pre-Application Conference for a project on Block 294 of the Conway masterplan:

Pre-Application Conference to discuss a Type III Design Review for two new mixed-use buildings with approximately 370 new units including 600 underground vehicle parking spaces and 500 bike parking spaces on the Conway Master Plan site.

Emerick Architects have applied for a Historic Resource Review for improvements to the Overland Warehouse Company building at 205 NW 4th Ave:

Historic Resource Review for exterior improvements

A permit has been issued for the demolition of the vacant University Post Office at SW 6th & Market, which is now owned by St Mary’s Academy:

Demolish 2 story post office builidng, cap sewer, remove all debris no fill greater than 24″. Remove all foundations and debris. Cap utilities. Decommissioning inspection required. Scope of work does not include removal of trees.

Lloyd Center remodel heading to Design Review

A new entrance into the Lloyd Center is being created as part of the $50 million remodel of the 1960s mall, led by Waterleaf Architecture. The project had two Design Advice Request hearings earlier in the year, and is now scheduled to have its first Design Review hearing on December 18th.

The work involves creating a new plaza, to offer pedestrians a more welcoming entrance into the building from NE Multnomah St. The plaza will include a new entry in the existing Macy’s store, and new retail units on the west side of the plaza. The space will terminate in a new 3-story curtain glass wall, with a helical stair behind it.  The plaza will contain raised storm water and landscape planters, as well as a green wall feature. 30 dual bike racks will be added, under the cover of the existing parking structure.

December 11, 2014 LU 14-215153 DZM - Lloyd Center Remodel - Drawings - 01

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Weekly roundup: 4th & Harrison, OHSU, Society Hotel and more


The 4th & Harrison student housing project had its first Design Advice session this week

  • The City Council heard evidence for and against the proposed demolition of the Buck Prager Building at 1727 NW Hoyt. The hearing will be continued on December 18th.
  • The Design Commission offered Design Advice on the St Francis Park Apartments and the 4th & Harrison student housing. A Design Review hearing for Jefferson 14 was postponed until December 18th.
  • In an article titled ‘Arcade Games Are Better III‘ Places over Time wrote about 419 Burnside.
  • The Portland Business Journal reported that “some of the structures that comprise Centennial Mills could very well collapse into the Willamette River if they’re not torn down — and fast.”
  • In an article about affordable housing in the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area, the Oregonian reported that the Portland Housing Bureau are planning a  a mixed-use project to include affordable housing at SW Moody & River Parkway.
  • The blog History Treasured & Sometimes Endangered wrote about an art installation at the Mariner’s Home Building on NW 3rd and NW Davis. The building is currently being converted into the Society Hotel.
  • The Portland Chronicle published photos of the site at 4937 SE Division St set to be redeveloped as 134 apartment units, with SERA as its architect.
  • The Portland Business Journal wrote about construction progress at the former Red Lion, currently being transformed into the Hotel Eastlund.
  • The Daily Journal of Commerce reported that OHSU is close to signing contracts for two South Waterfront projects [subscription required]. According to the article, ZGF Architects have been chosen to design the Center for Health & Healing II and SRG Partnership have been chosen for the Schnitzer Campus Building III.

Adjustment Review approved for 2034 NE Multnomah

The Bureau of Development Services has approved [PDF] an adjustment review for a new apartment building at 2034 NE Multnomah St. The project is currently being designed by THA Architecture for Sullivan’s Gulch Group LLC, a company linked to PHK Development. Although still in the early stages of design, the adjustment review documents show a building with seven floors above grade, and two levels of underground parking. The site plan shows a building rotated from the axis of the street grid, with exterior decks at levels one and two.

Site Plan

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27th & Ankeny (images)

Construction has been underway since August on a new apartment building at SE 27th & Ankeny. The 5 story building will include 50 residential units, with 11 car parking spaces at the ground floor. Each apartment will have a dedicated bicycle space, and 18 common use bicycle spaces will be provided in a secure room at the ground floor. As with the 19th & Morrison and 39th & Tillamook projects, the building design is by Myhre Group Architects for developer UDG.


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Former Red Lion transforming into the Hotel Eastlund (images)

A former Red Lion hotel in the Lloyd District is currently undergoing a transformation into the Hotel Eastlund, set to open in May 2015. The project’s design is by Holst Architecture, who worked with the same developer on the Hotel Modera in Downtown. The hotel will have 168 rooms, down from 173 before the remodel.

July 30, 2014 LU 14-144166 DZM - Hotel Eastlund - Drawings - 01

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