Works Partnership have brought initial designs for an expansion of the Jupiter Hotel before the Design Commission. The new 6 story building would add 67 rooms on a site directly to the east of the existing hotel. The ground floor would include restaurant and retail spaces facing onto E Burnside, along with a lobby and reception located at the corner of the site. An event space as well as an upper level lounge, connected to the lobby by a stair, is proposed for the second floor. Guest rooms would be located in floors 3-6.
The site at 910 E Burnside is currently developed with a single story restaurant building, which City records show as dating from 1931. The building was most recently occupied by Boogies Burgers and Brew, which has now closed.
The facades facing E Burnside and SE 9th are articulated as a series of frames, continuing the language of previous Works Partnership buildings in the Central Eastside including 811 Stark and Block 75. The applicants are investigating using original artwork at the property line walls, potentially in partnership with the non-profit contemporary arts organization Forest for the Trees.
Earlier drawings submitted for the Pre Application Conference showed projections deep projections over the sidewalk, which are encouraged by the City’s Design Guidelines in the lower Burnside arcade district. The revised drawings presented for the Design Advice hearing held on November 12th included shallower oriel window projections, which would only partially extend over the sidewalk. The Design Commission encouraged the applicants to look at extending the building over the sidewalk, citing Works Partnership’s own office at bSIDE6 as one of the most inventive responses to the policy that encourages the creation of arcades. The applicants explained the extra space that would be gained is not needed for the building program, and that the process of getting the City Council to grant the major encroachment permit for bSIDE6 was a long and arduous task. Bureau of Development Services Staff suggested that the process may be now faster, citing the example of the skybridge for the OHSU CHH South which was approved by City Council in October even though the building still has a pending Design Review Application.
The Jupiter Hotel expansion will be required to go through a Type III Design Review, with public hearings before the Design Commission. The applicants have the option to return for a second Design Advice Request, but are not required to do so.