Design Advice has been offered to GBD Architects for South Waterfront Blocks 42 and 45. The multi-block development will include 510 residential units, in two 7 story buildings. The project is being developed by Cairn Pacific.
Blocks 42 and 45 will be located on vacant land owned by the Prometheus Real Estate Group of San Mateo, CA. A Land Division is currently being processed for the site, which will divide the land into four developable parcels and two greenway tracts adjacent to the river. SW River Parkway will be extended through the site in the north-south direction. East-west streets SW Abernethy and SW Lowell will be extend from their current terminus at SW Bond to future SW River Parkway.
East of SW River Parkway the street grid will be extended through Blocks 41 and 42 as privately owned accessways, similar to SW Pennoyer St. Public access easements will be required in order to guarantee public access to the river. A separate design review application is currently pending for Blocks 41 and 44, which are also being developed by Cairn Pacific.
Block 42 will be located at the northwest corner of the Prometheus property, on the parcel bound by SW Lane, River Parkway, Abernethy and Bond. The building will include 200 residential units 150 vehicular parking spaces. A mix of housing and retail is proposed at the ground level.
The massing of Block 42 is intended to be more granular than is typical for South Waterfront, where every building built to-date has been a full block development. The massing draws conceptual inspiration from stacks of lumber that were once located along the Willamette, such as at the Inman-Poulson Lumber Co. Though not yet shown on the drawings, a tan colored brick is envisioned as the primary exterior material.
Block 45 will be located at the southwest corner of the Prometheus property, on the parcel bound by SW Abernethy, River Parkway, Lowell and Bond. The building will include 310 residential units 200 vehicular parking spaces. A mix of housing and retail is proposed at the ground level.
Block 45 is arranged as three east-west bars, with the massing inspired by historic images of the Kaiser Shipyards that were once located along the Willamette. At the ground level a plaza is proposed between the north bar and the middle bar, allowing for spill out space from the proposed retail units. An elevated courtyard between the middle bar and the south bar is proposed at level 2. Though not yet shown on the drawings, red / brown brick is envisioned as the primary exterior material.
South Waterfront Blocks 42 and 45 were presented to the Design Commission on May 18th, 2017. Both buildings were well received by the Commission. Most of the discussion at the advisory hearing centered on the ground floor program of the buildings, including where to locate retail and how to activate the plaza at Block 45.
In order to gain approval South Waterfront Blocks 42 and 45 will be required to go through a Type III Design Review, with public hearings in front of the Design Commission.