Design Advice has been offered for the Landing at Macadam, a four block development proposal in South Waterfront. The project, being designed by HLR Architects for Alamo Manhattan, would include 1,079 residential units, 926 vehicular parking spaces and 27,259 sq ft of retail.
The development would be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing or the payment of a fee-in-lieu.
The Landing at Macadam would be located on vacant land owned by the Prometheus Real Estate Group of San Mateo, CA. The site is bound SW Bond Ave, Lane St, the Willamette river and future SW Lowell St. As part of the development SW River Parkway and SW Abernethy would be extended through the site.
The development would complete the missing link in the Willamette Greenway trail between the Block 37 and the Old Spaghetti Factory. A condition of the previous land division for the site requires that prior to the occupancy of the first of the two riverfront buildings the developer must install, at a minimum, one of the required twin greenway trails. Alternatively, the developer is allowed to show evidence that they have entered into a mutually acceptable development agreement with Portland Parks & Recreation to build the trails and greenway improvements.
Two high rise structures would be located on the river facing blocks 41 and 44. At the northeast corner of the site block 41 would rise to a height of 248′, with a 22-story tower emerging from a 4-story podium. The building would include 287 residential units, 4,558 sq ft of retail and 308 vehicular parking spaces.
At the southeast corner of the site a building of 238′ in height is proposed, with a 21-story tower rising from a 3-story podium. Block 44 would include 307 residential units, 2,368 sq ft of retail and 307 vehicular parking spaces.
Two midrise buildings would be located on the inland blocks 42 and 45. At the southwest corner of the site the 6-story E-shaped block 45 would include 291 residential units, 8,013 sq ft of retail space and 291 vehicular parking spaces.
At the northwest corner of the site 6-story C-shaped block 42 would include 194 residential units, 12,320 sq ft of retail space and 46 vehicular parking spaces.
The Landing at Macadam went in front of the Design Commission on February 7th, 2019. As noted in a summary memo the Commission was “supportive of towers and high density on the site but there was concern with the proposal to place towers on the two waterfront blocks… with lower buildings proposed on the inland blocks.” The Commission noted that “even better than just moving the towers from the greenway adjacent blocks to the inland blocks would be locating towers at the river and even taller towers behind them on the inland blocks.”
Other major issues discussed included the design of the podiums, which the Commission encouraged to be carved and not fill the entire block, in order to create outdoor spaces at the street level. The Commission also discouraged exposed vehicular parking, with a direction to wrap any above grade parking with active uses such as residential units.
In order to gain approval the project would be required to go through the Type III Design Review process, with public hearings in front of the Design Commission. The project has the option to return for further Design Advice Request meetings before submitting for Design Review.