Weekly Roundup: Portland Building, 2869 NE Sandy, Stagecraft Building, and more

Rendering of a renovated loggia on SW Madison St at the Portland Building (DLR Group)

In an article titled “Handling a Portland icon with care“* the DJC looked at the approach being taken for the renovation of the Portland Building.

The Willamette Week reported that newly seated Mayor Ted Wheeler has halted further spending of the $258.4 million affordable housing bond, in order to to set “priorities and goals“.

Portland Shoupistas suggested 6 Parking Policy Priorities for Portland in 2017.

Portland Architecture sat down with Thomas Henneberry of ZRZ Realty to discuss the ambitious plans for the Zidell Yards.

Despite initial reports that the building might be relocated, the Portland Mercury reported that Club 21 last day of business would be January 15th. The building will be demolished to make way for the Jantzen Apartments.

The Portland Business Journal reported that Park Avenue West has landed an iconic Oregon tenant, Pendleton Woolen Mills.

According to the Urban Works Blog Design Within Reach has opened its new store in the renovated Stagecraft Building.

The Portland Business Journal reported that Fairfield Residential paid $3.6 million for a five-parcel lot at 2869 NE Sandy Blvd. The are current plans to develop the site with a 206 unit, 6-story apartment building.

OPB’s State of Wonder discussed design, planning and Portland’s new Mayor Ted Wheeler.

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Modera Glisan reviewed by Design Commission (images)

The Modera Glisan by SERA Architects has gone in front of the Design Commission for an initial Design Review hearing. The 12 story, 145’ tall building for Mill Creek Residential Trust will include 291 residential units at the upper floors, which ground floor retail and office space facing NW 14th Ave and Hoyt St. Below grade parking for 206 vehicles is proposed. Long term parking for 477 bicycles will be provided.

Modera Glisan

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NW 13th & Johnson apartments return in front of Design Commission (images)

A revised design for a mixed use building at NW 13th Ave & Johnson St has been presented to the Design Commission by TVA Architects. The 7 story building for developer Paul Properties is proposed to include 58 apartments units over 3,378 sq ft of retail. Long term parking for 91 bicycles is proposed. No vehicular parking is proposed.

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Metro Reports: Garlington Center, Ballou & Wright Building, 4619 SE 40th, and more

Garlington Center

The Garlington Center by Scott Edwards Architecture will include 52 units, reserved for veterans, people with mental illness and families on low incomes.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights.

Early Assistance has been requested by Koble Creative Architecture for a project at 4619 SE 40th Ave:

Demo existing 1 story home and develope a 2 & 3 story apartment building, 13 units proposed, no parking.

A project at 4946 NE 13th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New 4 story mixed use multi-family apartment building (30 units), assembly on first floor (no occupancy), apartments on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, and associated sitework

A building permit was issued to Mackenzie for renovations to the Ballou & Wright Building at 1010 NW Flanders St:

Core and shell renovation, no TI work, change construction typ IIIA, remove existing elevator, add new stair, toilet core, bike storage, locker rooms, roof deck and new building entry

A building permit was issued to Scott Edwards Architecture for one of the two buildings at the Garlington Center at 3080 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd:

Construct new 4 story (52 unit) apartment building with associated parking and landscaping

Tower at 550 SE MLK receives Design Advice (images)

A mixed use tower at 550 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd has gone before the Design Commission to receive Design Advice. The 13 story building is being designed by Works Progress Architecture, and will contain retail, hotel and residential uses. The hotel will operate under the same management as the neighboring Chamberlain Hotel, a historic building that will undergo a separate renovation. The project is being developed in collaboration by Urban Development + Partners and Beam Development.

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Weekly Roundup: Bureau Assignments, Transition at Holst, Projects that Defined 2016, and more

Portland Japanese Garden Kengo Kuma

The Portland Japanese Garden Expansion by Kengo Kuma, which Portland Architecture chose as one of the projects that defined 2016

Portland new Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the new City Council bureau assignments, giving himself the Portland Housing Bureau, the Portland Development Commission and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The mayor gave new Commissioner Chloe Eudaly the Bureau of Development Services. The DJC covered the reaction* from some of Portland’s well known developers.

The Portland Business Journal published images of Moovel’s new headquarters inside the renovated Overland Warehouse Company building.

Eater PDX reported that Danwei Canting has opened in the 811 Stark building.

After 25 years in business, Holst Architecture announced a transition in the ownership of the firm.

The Portland Business Journal reported on the sale of an office building at 1500 NE Irving St to Swift Real Estate Partners. A new four story 60 unit apartment building is currently planned on the site of the  building’s surface parking lot.

Portland Architecture wrote about the projects that defined 2016, including: the Swift headquarters at 1638 NW Overton Stthe Japanese Garden expansionPortland Art Museum’s Rothko Pavilion; Burnside Bridgehead developments Slate and Yardthe renovation of the former Oregonian building at 1320 Broadway; and many more.

The Business Tribune looked at plans by developer Project^ for the Field Office in Northwest Portland.

Portland Parks & Recreation has begun design work for the “North Reach” of the South Waterfront Greenway. BikePortland looked at the different concepts being studied.

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Landmarks Commission approves Multnomah County Central Courthouse (images)

The Historic Landmarks Commission has approved the Multnomah County Central Courthouse. The 17 story, $300 million project will replace the existing courthouse on SW 4th Avenue, which is considered seismically unsound and no longer fit for use. The architects for the project are Portland based SRG Partnership and New York based CGL RicciGreene. The landscape architects are PLACE.

The program for the 325′ tall building includes multiple courts, office for District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Sheriffs, as well as support areas for staff, juries, defendants and the public. No parking is proposed. The project intends to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

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Metro Reports: 1510 NE Multnomah St Phase II, 3403 N Mississippi, Cathedral Flats, and more

Site Plan for 1510 NE Multnomah St (Phase II) as presented to the City for the Pre-Application Conference in October 2016

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights.

Design Advice has been requested by Holst Architects for 1510 NE Multnomah St (Phase II):

Proposal is to develop the existing parking east of Sears and the site currently occupied by Lloyd cinemas into a mixed use community.

The project has also been submitted for Type III Design Review:

Project is for new development on site currently occupied by Lloyd cinemas and the existing parking lot east of Sears into a mixed use community. It will include three “5-over-1” buildings that together contain 520 apartment units. Buildings 1 & 2 share underground parking facility for resident use only.

Early Assistance has been requested by SERA Architects for a project at 2517 SE 82nd Ave:

New affordable housing projet (LIHTC awarded through 2016 OHCS): 4-story transit-oriented mixed-use multi-family residential w/48 low-income units, ground floor commercial, & 18 parking stalls.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Ankrom Moisan Architects for the N Williams Center at 2156 N Williams Ave:

Proposal is to demolish 2 existing one story commercial buildings. Build new affordable apartment project, 55′ tall, 5 story, 66 units, 78,000 sf, plus 2 story, 4 units, 5,000 sf with basement bike parking; total 70 units, 83,000 sf, 32 spaces. Exist community service use to remain, thus inst. Dev. Stds, CU.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by SERA Architects for a project at 2135 NW 29th Ave:

Project will allow development to proceed with residential development prior to change in zoning from EG to R1 and EX. Project also includes a street vacation.

A project at 919 N Cook St has been submitted for a Type II Adjustment review by Works Progress Architecture:

Request is for an adjustment to loading standard for (1) standard a space to (1) standard b space. New core and shell, development of 4-story wood frame construction over a 2-story concrete podium/daylight baement level for workspace. Proposed wholesale or industrial service use on upper levels and proposed retail or office and parking on lower levels. Two stairs and one elevator accesses each floor. Project to be costructed on vacant lot.

A project at 2034 NW 27th Ave has been submitted for a Type III Zoning Map Amendment:

Properties in question are located at 2638 nw wilson st and 2034 nw 27th ave. There are two warehouses on the property both of which will remaiin.The property has been included in the city’s mixed employment zoning project. Applicant wishes to pursue a zone change in compliance with the comp plan that will result in the same zoning designation for the property that the city has already proposed in the ME project.

A project at 3403 N Mississippi Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Holst Architecture:

New 6 story, 214 apartment building with 126 basement & 17 ground level parking stalls and 2400 GSF retail space

A project at 6917 N Charleston Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Crescent Custom Homes:

Construct new 3 story (4) unit apartment building with associated site work. 4.5 ft retaining wall

A project at 3325 SE Division St has been submitted for building permit review by Hacker Architects:

Construct new 4 story, 30 unit apartment building, trash area at main floor of building, includes associated site work

A project at 10734 NE Wygant St has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story apartment building; three bedroom flats and townhouse style on top and associated site work as well as 87 sf trash enclosure

A project at 2502 SE 29th Ave has been submitted for building permit review by William Wilson Architects:

New 4-story, 50 unit, apartment building with basement garage and ground floor retail. Stormwater is proposed to be disposed of through stormwater planters at the south property line. Ground floor retail/coffee shop space is shell and restroom only, future tenant improvements under separate permit at a later date.

A project at 4806 SE 16th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New construction of four level(three story plus basement) self-storage facility. Scope includes site improvements, parking and landscaping. S1 and B accessory use.

A project at 8045 SE 82nd Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story storage facility with 711 storage units, interior trash enclosure on main floor, includes associated site work

A building permit was issued to Studio 3 Architecture for the Cathedral Flats at 7228 N Burlington Ave:

Construct new 2 story (24 unit) apartment building with associated site work

This post originally identified the architects of 2502 SE 29th Ave as Otak. The post has been corrected to indicate that the architects for the project are William Wilson Architects.

Weekly Roundup: 550 SE MLK, Grand Belmont, NAYA Generations, and more

A mixed use hotel / residential building by Works Progress Architecture at 550 SE MLK recently received Design Advice

The DJC published photos of NAYA Generations, the intergenerational affordable housing project* that’s about to open in Lents at the site of the former Foster Elementary School.

Places over Time wrote about two projects in the Central Eastside, 550 SE MLK Jr Blvd and Grand Belmontone of which is reviewed by the Design Commission and the other by the Historic Landmarks Commission.

A story in the Oregonian profiled D.R. Johnson, the Douglas County mill that is producing the cross-laminated timber that will be used in a new generation of high rise wood buildings.

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Focus: Our 25 Most Popular Posts of 2016


The post about 5 MLK’s first Design Advice Request hearing was Next Portland’s most popular post of the year. [See this follow up post for the most recent images of the project.]

2016 is the second full year Next Portland has been in operation. With development showing no signs of slowing down it’s been a busy year. We published 234 new blog posts, and our development map now has almost 800 unique projects listed (including completed and cancelled projects). Over the course of the year the site had almost 900,000 page views; up 84% over 2015.

6 of the articles that made the top 25 viewed posts were published in 2015; 2 were published in 2014. Our second most popular article from the 2015 list, about the Goat Blocks, was still the fourth most popular article of 2016 despite having been written in December 2014. Our most popular post of 2015, about the 25 tallest buildings planned in the city, remained in the list at third place, and was just beaten out in popularity by the updated 2016 list. Two pioneering Cross Laminated Timber buildings, Carbon12 and Framework, took up three places on the list.

In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

  1. Under construction in the Pearl – The Abigail (images)
  2. City Council overturns Design Commission; Jupiter Hotel will be clad in Asphalt Shingles (images)
  3. Design Reviewed for High-Rise Timber Building Framework (images)
  4. Focus: 25 Office Buildings Planned for Portland
  5. Design Commission approves 15 story building at 4th & Harrison (images)
  6. Burnside Bridgehead, pt I: Block 75 (images)
  7. 1510 NE Multnomah has third Design Advice hearing (images)
  8. Design Commission approves Block 20 condominium tower (images)
  9. 17 story tower planned for Fishels Furniture site (drawings)
  10. Works Partnership present 19 story Burnside Bridgehead tower to Design Commission (images)
  11. 30 Story Tower Planned at SW 11th & Washington
  12. Burnside Bridgehead, Pt II: Block 67 (Images)
  13. Design Commission approves affordable housing on St Francis Park (images)
  14. Under Construction: Pearl Block 136 (images)
  15. North Pearl High-Rises, Part II: The Overton (images)
  16. Focus: 20 new hotels proposed for Portland
  17. Design Approved for Framework, America’s Tallest Timber Building (images)
  18. Lloyd Cinemas Parking Lot Redevelopment Approved (images)
  19. Portland Housing Bureau announces Super NOFA projects (images)
  20. Under Construction: The Porter hotel (images)
  21. Design Approved for First Tall Cross-laminated Timber Building in America (images)
  22. LOCA @ the Goat Blocks (images)
  23. Focus: 25 Tallest Buildings Planned or Under Construction (2015)
  24. Focus: Portland’s Tallest Planned Buildings (2016)
  25. 5 MLK receives Design Advice (images)