Weekly Roundup: Oregon Square, Lents Town Center and more

GBD Architects' Oregon Square

GBD Architects’ Oregon Square

  • The Design Commission offered Design Advice on Oregon Square to GBD Architects. The project by American Assets Trust will redevelop a superblock in the Lloyd District, with 4 new buildings of 10-32 floors.
  • The Historic Landmarks Commission offered Design Advice on the Worldmark by Wyndham building to SERA Architects.
  • The City Council backed a plan by the Portland Housing Bureau to commit $20 million for affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland.
  • Zidell Yards was the subject of an email accidentally sent to OPB news and published by the Oregonian. The PDC and the Zidell family are currently negotiating on whether the Zidell property should include affordable housing. The Portland Housing’s Bureau’s preferred location is Riverplace Parcel 3, which the Portland Tribune wrote about in the article “Can South Waterfront be made affordable?
  • Portland Monthly reported that Providore Fine Foods and Pastaworks are scheduled to open this fall in The Shore, an under construction project by Guerrilla Development on NE Sandy Blvd.
  • The PDC has selected developers for 6 of the 12 acres of property in owns in Lents Town Center. Property #1 and #2 are to be developed by Palindrome Communities. The south portion of Property #3 is to be developed by Williams & Dame, with the north portion by ROSE CDC. Asian Health & Services Center and REACH CDC are the selected developer for Property #4.
  • The first office tenants are moving into Washington High School, an adaptive reuse project by Venerable Properties. The Oregonian was there to take photos.
  • Portland Monthly had a look at Ancient Heritage’s new creamery, set to open this May in the 626 SE Main building.
  • The Portland Chronicle published photos of the two houses set to be demolished on NE Glisan St, for the Treece & Lambert Apartments by Barry R Smith Architect.
  • The Oregonian visited the Stadium Fred Meyer on West Burnside, the remodel of which is nearing completion.

Mason Erhman Building Annex (images)

SERA Architects have requested Design Advice for renovations at the Mason Erhman Building Annex at 208 NW 5th Ave. The 1940 warehouse is located in the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District, and the applicant is asking whether “the approach to the treatment of the exterior facades and roof/seismic upgrades meet with the Landmark Commission’s general consent?”  The listed owners for the project are Jonathan Malsin of Beam Development and Valerie Yip of GAW Capital.


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Under construction at Riverplace: Hyatt House (images)

A new hotel is under construction at SW River Parkway & Moody. The 6 story, 203 bedroom Riverplace Hyatt House will be the first Hyatt branded hotel in Downtown Portland. (The 600 bedroom Convention Center Hotel is planned for the Lloyd District, and will operated as a Hyatt Regency). Valet parking for 44 cars is planned in an above grade parking garage. The project design is by SERA Architects for developer Williams & Dame.

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Waterman Building (images)

The Waterman Building is a currently under construction in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The project at 80 SE Madison St is a conversion of an existing 40,000 sq ft warehouse into creative office space. As part of the project the 1912 building will receive a seismic upgrade, have new fire sprinklers installed and be made ADA accessible. Bike storage and showers will be provided on the ground floor for bike commuters. The design is by Deca Architecture for North Rim Development, who previously worked together on the Pitman II Building on the same block.


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Burnside Bridgehead, pt I: Block 75 (images)

This post is the first in a series on the developments at the Burnside Bridgehead. See also Part II about Block 67.

Block 75 is one of a number of projects planned or under construction at the Burnside Bridgehead, a site which the Portland Development Commission has been trying to develop since 2005. A previous plan by developer Opus Northwest proposed a single large development on the multi-block site; the current plan has seen the PDC sell off the block individually, and let the developers choose what to build. For Block 75 partnership between Beam Development and Urban Development Partners was chosen. Beam are best known for their adaptive reuse office projects in the Central Eastside, while UDP have developed a number of apartment buildings along SE Division St. The architects for the project are Works Partnership, who have designed buildings for both developers. The landscape architects are Lango Hansen.


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Metro Reports: Miracles Central, Kenton Mixed Use and more

Miracles Central

Miracles Central

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

Ankrom Moisan Architects have requested early assistance for a project at 1931 N Williams Ave:

5 story apartment building with below grade parking

A Pre-Applicant Conference has been requested by Albina Riverview LLC for a development on N Ivy Street:

Proposal for 12 row homes

Works Partnership have applied for a Type II Land Division Review for a project at 5711 E Burnside:

Create 5 lots for attached town house development. With 2 adjustments 1 for front setback, and one to increase max lot coverage from 65% to 67.5%.

River City Companies have applied for a building permit for the Kenton Mixed Use Phase III at 8408 N Brandon Avenue:

New four story apartment building with courtyard and balcony at center, 37 units, 2 retail spaces on main floor, parking at east and north sides, detached trash.

Carleton Hart Architecture‘s Miracles Central project at NE 2nd and Wasco is under review for permit:

New 6 story mixed use building. 1st floor consists of offices and common areas, floors 2-6 contain 47 apartment units, associated site work included, stormwater facilities

Under construction on NE MLK: the Mason Street Apartments (images)

The Mason Street Apartments are currently under construction at the corner of NE Mason St and NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The 5 story building will include 36 apartments, with tuck under parking for 7 cars. The project design is by TVA Architects for VWR Development, the same team behind the recently approved Jefferson 14 Apartments. Exterior materials will include board-formed concrete, ribbed & smooth metal panels, and fiber cement panels. Wood storefront windows will be used at the ground floor retail units, with vinyl windows at the upper floors.

407 ne mason

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Weekly Roundup: Oregon Zoo, PNCA, Block 136 and more

Zidell Yards

Zidell Yards

  • The Design Commission approved designs for Block 136 and the 19th & Overton.
  • The Portland Development Commission is moving working on finalizing a Development Agreement with ZRZ Realty for Zidell Yards. The Portland Business Journal reported that the main areas still to be worked concern affordable housing and a new park. The Oregonian obtained a draft memo from the Portland Housing Bureau, which asked whether the Zidell family had “no desire” to develop affordable housing.
  • Beneficial Bank is considering redeveloping property it owns at 430 NW 10th Ave in the Pearl with an 11-story wood building. The property is currently occupied by a branch of Albina Bank.
  • Construction is underway on the Burnside Bridgehead Block 75, designed by Works Partnership. The Portland Business Journal reported that a formal groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday January 29th.
  • The Portland Chronicle published photos of the church at 5000 SE Lincoln set to be demolished, to allow the construction of new townhomes.
  • A 2,000 sq ft visitor center at the Oregon Zoo Elephant Habitat will be the first building in the state to use Cross Laminated Timber, as reported in the Portland Business Journal.
  • Brian Libby of Portland Architecture had a first glimpse of the PNCA 511 Building, set to open soon. Next Portland published an article about the building earlier this week.

Under Construction in South Waterfront: Block 37 (images)

South Waterfront Block 37 is currently under construction. The 6-story building at 3700 SW River Parkway will include 270 apartments on the upper floors, walk-up units at the ground floor, and 8,359 sq ft of retail space. 225 vehicular parking spaces and 425 bicycle spaces will be provided. The building design is by GBD Architects for developer Mack Urban. Block 37 will be the first post-recession building in South Waterfront to face directly onto the Willamette.

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Lyon Court: new retail at NE 24th & Fremont (images)

Lyon Court is currently under construction in the Alameda neighborhood. The single story retail building will offer 7,565 sq ft of space, split between 5,675 sq ft on the first floor and 1,890 sq ft on a mezzanine.  Lyon Court can be occupied by a single tenant, or divided down into two, three or four tenant spaces. The design is by Mildren Design Group.


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