The Design Commission has approved Saltwood, a development with two six-story buildings on Blocks 291W and 292W of the Con-way Masterplan area of Northwest Portland. The development, designed by SERA Architects for Cairn Pacific, will include 354 units and 17,000 sq ft of retail space. 394 long term bicycle parking stalls and 362 parking spaces are proposed.
The project site is the western half of the two blocks bound by NW 21st Ave, NW Savier St, NW 20th Ave and future NW Quimby St. The site is currently used as surface parking for XPO Logistics, who purchased Con-way in 2015. In December Blocks 291 and 292 were sold by XPO to Prometheus Real Estate Group.
The two proposed buildings are required to comply with standards of the Con-way Masterplan, which was approved in 2012. Changes made to the zoning code since 2012 do not apply to projects developed in the Con-way Masterplan area. As such the development does not need to comply with the city’s Inclusionary Housing ordinance, which came into effect in 2017.
Other buildings in the masterplan that have been completed in the Con-way Masterplan area include the LL Hawkins and Slabtown Marketplace, The Carson and the Leland James. The Block 290 and Slabtown Square development was approved by the Design Commission in August 2017, and subsequently appealed by the Northwest District Association. The approval was upheld by the Portland City Council in November 2017 and by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals in June 2018, and has now been appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.
The Saltwood North building will include 177 units, above two levels of below grade parking. 75 of the spaces in the parking garage will be dedicated to employees of XPO Logistics, with the remaining 157 spaces provided for residents.
The building is arranged in a C-shaped plan, with a courtyard facing NW Raleigh St. A breezeway providing access to the courtyard from the street will align with a similar breezeway at the south building of The Carson, located on the west side of NW 21st Ave. Ground floor retail will front onto NW 21st Ave and a portion of NW Raleigh. At level 6 a rooftop deck is proposed, where residents would be able to grow vegetables. A common room will be provided in the “greenhouse” form at the roof.
Materials proposed include brick in “bronzestone” and “ash” colors, chevron shaped metal panel, aluminum clad wood windows, vinyl windows, aluminum storefront, metal panel, and wood siding.
The Saltwood development will build out the western half of the required pedestrian accessway, which will eventually stretch from NW Savier to NW Pettygrove St. At both buildings double height townhouse units with front stoops will front onto the pedestrian accessway.
Saltwood South will include a 177 units, over a 130 stall below grade parking garage. The building is also arranged in a C-shaped plan, with a south facing courtyard. The massing of the building steps back at the corner of NW 21st and Raleigh, in a similar fashion to the LL Hawkins across the street. A small plaza space will be created, for spill out from two adjacent retail spaces.
Saltwood South will use the same material palette as the North building, with the exception that the brick used will be “platinum” and “ironstone” colored.
Saltwood was approved by the Design Commission at its first hearing, held on October 4th, 2018. In the conclusion to the Final Findings and Decision by the Design Commission it was noted that the buildings will make a positive contribution to the rapidly growing neighborhood:
The proposed development will replace a two-block surface parking lot and will add to the burgeoning new neighborhood through the introduction of 354 new residential units and approximately 17,000 square feet of ground level retail space. The proposed buildings will be well integrated with the neighborhood through their varied massing, high quality materials (as conditioned herein) and design details and the significant amount of outdoor area devoted to public use for both transportation as well as social engagement and passive recreation. The design review process exists to promote the conservation, enhancement, and continued vitality of areas of the City with special scenic, architectural, or cultural value. As conditioned herein, the proposal meets the applicable design guidelines and modification criteria and therefore warrants approval.
Building permits will be need to be obtained before construction can begin on site.