Weekly Roundup: Tree Farm, KEX Portland, Portland Diamond Project, and more

Tree Farm
Trees are being installed at the Tree Farm building, currently under construction at SE 3rd & Morrison.

The Daily Journal of Commerce reports that strawberry trees have arrived at the Tree Farm office building, where they are being installed into 54 steel tree planters*, each of which weighs 2,200 lbs.

The Oregonian wrote about how Dottir, the restaurant at the KEX Portland, is bringing a taste of Reykjavik to Portland.

The Portland Diamond Project has a six month extension on their due diligence for the Terminal 2 site, reports OPB. The extra time will allow the group to study transportation options for the Northwest Portland site.

Portland officials drafted a policy to keep homeless people from camping outside popular event spaces, including the covered sidewalk at Providence Park, according to Willamette Week.

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Weekly Roundup: Fariborz Maseeh Hall, Kellogg Middle School, Redfox Commons, and more

PSU Neuberger Hall
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University is now open in Fariborz Maseeh Hall. The buiding, formerly known as Neuberger Hall, now has large areas of glazing facing the street instead of solid concrete walls.

Portland Architecture wrote about the winners of this year’s American Institute of Architects’ Portland Architecture Awards. The Redfox Commons received a Honor Award; Tillamook Row received a 2030 Award for sustainability; the River District Navigation Center and Jarrett Street 12 were among the projects that received Merit Awards; Silica, the OHSU Center for Health and Healing South and the Oregon Conservation Center received Citation Awards; while 7 Southeast Stark received a Citation Award for an unbuilt project.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about another structural investment in education* at the Kellogg Middle School, where construction crews recently placed the first of 27 concrete tilt panels.

The Portland Business Journal took a look inside the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University, which is now open in Fariborz Maseeh Hall (formerly known as Neuberger Hall).

Portland Public Schools may wait until 2021 to ask for new construction bond, reports the Oregonian.

The Portland Mercury checked out KEX Portland, the “brand new design-focused social hotel.”

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Weekly Roundup: Glisan Apartments, KEX Portland, Premier Gear, and more

Construction work at the KEX Portland is nearing completion. The renovated building will include an Icelandic-Northwestern restaurant.

The Daily Journal of Commerce looked at construction progress at the Glisan Apartments, an affordable housing development in Gateway by Northwest Housing Alternatives.

Eater Portland took a sneak peak a menus for Icelandic-Northwestern restaurant Vivian at the Burnside bridgehead hostel KEX Portland.

A proposed change to the Portland Clean Energy Fund would exclude construction companies from the definition of “retail”, reports the Portland Mercury.

In its Design Annual Portland Monthly looked at how the Design Commission shapes Portland’s building boom, behind the scenes. In a Q & A the architect behind the new Lincoln High School describes how it will be a “very urban school, not unlike something you might find in Chicago or New York.”

The Business Tribune wrote about the Premier Gear & Machine Works in Slabtown, which is being transformed into creative office space.

Weekly Roundup: Álmr Apartments, Live Nation at Zidell Yards, Glass Lab, and more

The proposed Live Nation at Zidell Yards music venue went in front of the Design Commission for an initial meeting last week.

Plans for the 10,000 seat Live Nation at Zidell Yards music venue are moving forward, according to the Oregonian.

Work to convert the former Vivian Apartments into the KEX Portland Hostel nearing completion*, writes the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The Oregonian wrote about developer C.E. John’s plans to construct a five story apartment building at 1137 NW 23rd Ave—a change in plans from an earlier proposal to renovate and expand the existing buildings on the site.

The Business Tribune wrote about how Glass Lab is offering a hip hub for start-ups. The building is named for the glass foundry formerly located into the recently renovated structure.

The Portland Business Journal wrote about the winners of this year’s DeMuro Awards, given by Restore Oregon for excellence in preservation, reuse, and community revitalization. Projects honored in Portland included the Álmr Apartments at NW 21st and Irving; the AltSource Headquarters at 1120 SE Madison St; the Redd on Salmon St; and the Woodlark Hotel.

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Weekly Roundup: TwentyTwenty, Dekum Court, Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters, and more

The Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters is being designed to achieve LEED Platinum.

The Oregonian reported that nearly complete TwentyTwenty building has switched from condominiums to rental apartments. The developer cited slower than expected pre-sales.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about the new Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters, planned for a site at N Williams and Tillamook.*

Rumors are flying that the Portland Diamond Project is looking at building an MLB Stadium in the Lloyd District, writes the Oregonian.

The Oregonian reported that one of Iceland’s top chefs will open a new restaurant, Vivian, and rooftop bar, Dóttir at the KEX Hotel.

Metro approved $22.9 million in funding for the redevelopment of Dekum Court in NE Portland. Home Forward will replace the 40 apartments currently located on the site with 160 apartments, affordable at 30% or 60% of median family income.

Two years after the completion of the Franklin High School Modernization problems are surfacing, reports OPB.

The launch of Alberta Commons brings renewed visibility to the black-owned businesses of Northeast Portland, writes Willamette Week.

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Weekly Roundup: Block 216, Neuberger Hall, Garlington Center, and more

Block 216

The Block 216 tower had its first Type III Design Review hearing last Thursday. Cart owners have been told they might need to vacate the 10th & Alder lot as soon as May.

With the surface parking lots currently home to downtown food carts being replaced by developments that include the Moxy Hotel and Block 216advocates have called for a ‘culinary corridor’ along the midtown Park Blocks right of way.

The Southeast Examiner looked at the “phantom laundromat” at 2731 SE Belmont St. A building permit for a 5-story 46 unit apartment building on site is currently ‘approved to issue’, however a demolition permit for the existing structure has expired.

As the first buildings subject to the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance come online, the Daily Journal of Commerce looked at how different developers are complying with the mandate*.

Excess land from MAX construction could become affordable housing, writes the Oregonian.

The Business Tribune looked at the “projects aplenty” at Portland State University, including the Fourth and Montgomery Building and the Neuberger Hall Renovation.

Lonely Planet wrote about the KEX Portland, the “ultra-chic Icelandic hostel” planned at the Burnside Bridgehead.

Portland Monthly wrote about the Garlington Center, which brings health care and housing under one roof.

Fearing rent control, Portland developers are backing Loretta Smith, reports the Oregonian.

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Metro Reports: 52nd Ave Apartments, KEX Portland, 3733 N Williams, and more

52nd Ave Apartments

An existing 1981 office building on 52nd Avenue will be converted into 32 new apartment units.

Early Assistance has been requested by Otak for a project at 3733 N Williams Ave:

A mixed-use building including approximately 1,500 sf of retail, community space, exercise room and other ancillary spaces at the ground level and a total of 19 residential dwelling units at levels 2-4

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Project^ for a project at 2300 SW 6th Ave:

Proposal for a 5–story self-service storage development totaling approximately 77,000 SF.

A building permit was issued for the KEX Portland Hostel at 100 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd:

Change of occupancy from M, R-2 to A-2, A-3, R-1 – to create a gastropub and hostel with guest services on 3 levels; basement to include guest services, kitchen, bar area; new rooftop lounge & bar area. Seismic upgrade

A building permit was issued to DiLoreto Architecture for the 52nd Avenue Apartments at 6615 SE 52nd Ave:

Change of occupancy from “B” to R-2”, conversion of office building to 32 unit apartment building, includes associated sitework, new drive and curb cut, and restriping the (E) parking lot. Seismic upgrade

A building permit was issued for a project at 14765 NE Couch St:

Building 2 of new 30 unit multi-familly housing unit complex; this building contains 3 units; 3 story buildings with lower level private garages. Trash enclosure under 120 sq ft. Included associated site work.

Weekly Roundup: KEX Portland, Hoxton Hotel, Broadway Tower, and more

The KEX Portland will be located in the historic Vivian Apartments at 110 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. A building permit for the addition, seismic upgrade and change of occupancy is currently under review.

Eater Portland reports that the KEX Portland hostel at will include a restaurant, bar, and rooftop patio bar run by Iceland’s Ólafur Ágústsson, the food and beverage director Iceland’s only Michelin-starred restaurant.

Submarine Hospitality, owners of Ava Gene’s and Tusk, will open a new restaurant and two bars in The Hoxton Hotel (formerly known as the Grove Hotel).

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about the Portland Housing Bureau latest rules for affordable housing in condominium developments*, which have been revised from an initial draft that received strong criticism from developers.

The Radisson Red hotel in the Broadway Tower will open in November, reports the Oregonian.

Portland Art Museum director Brian Ferriso and Hennebery Eddy co-founder Tim Eddy spoke to Portland Architecture about the latest designs for the Portland Art Museum Rothko Pavilion.

The Portland Housing Bureau will use housing bond funds to buy, tear down and replace the Westwind Apartments at 333 NW 6th Ave, reports the Oregonian.

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Weekly Roundup: KEX Portland, Fremont Place, Jolene’s First Cousin, and more

Jolene's First Cousin

Guerilla Development’s Jolene’s First Cousin intends to provide affordable housing—without government subsidy.

The Willamette Week wrote about Jolene’s First Cousin, a development at 2834 SE Gladstone St that intends to provide housing for formerly homeless individuals, subsidized by market rate rents in the project’s commercial space.

With Portland’s “apartment-building binge appear[ing] to be headed off a cliff” the Oregonian asked whether the city’s inclusionary zoning mandate is to blame.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about The Vivian – KEX Portland, a proposed hostel with a ground-floor gastropub planned at a century-old apartment building at 110 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A couple years after artists were displaced from the Towne Storage building OPB asked whether Portland can save it arts.

The Portland Business Journal reported on a groundbreaking ceremony for Riverplace Parcel 3a large affordable housing development planned at the south end of downtown.

KGW reported on the Fremont Place Apartments, a “17-story tower [that] could block NW Portland views“.

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Metro Reports: Block 45, Jasmine Block, Brio Lofts, and more

Brio Lofts

A building permit is under review for Vibrant Cities’ Brio Lofts, designed by Jackson Architecture

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. This post covers December 25th to December 31st, 2017.

Design Advice has been requested by SRG Partnership for the Jasmine Block development at 401 SW Harrison St:

Current code – New 3/4 block seven to nine story building housing PSU, OHSU, PCC, and the City of Portland. All runoff will be directed to a water quality flow-through planter which will discharge to the public storm-only sewer main.

The Vivian – KEX Portland at 110 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd has been submitted for Type II Design Review:

Historic Landmark – Change the use of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the existing building from apartments to hotel/hostel guest rooms. The ground floor use will be a gastropub. Proposal includes the addition of a new covered, unenclosed outdoor seating and an enclosed bar. The existing stair, new stair, and the elevator will be extended to the rooftop. A green roof will be installed. All new rooftop equipment will be installed away from the west and south street frontages and will be set back from the exterior walls. Exterior work proposed includes (but is not limited to): Masonry work: repoint and clean deteriorated portions. The existing metal cornice will remain. Windows: Installation of new aluminum-clad wood windows at the primary street-facing elevations. Groundfloor storefront cladding: Installation of aluminum profiles and panel trim configuration at the storefront, low wall, and columns to match the historic conditions. Remove the stucco panel cladding currently in front of the transom windows and restore the wood transom frames and sash. Installation of new insulated glass panels in the existing sash to meet current energy code. Ground floor entrances: Installation of new full glass light wood doors and install in aluminum storefront frame to match proposed ground floor storefront (maintaining the existing transoms above the doors where original). Replacement of existing fascia with new to match existing. Changes to entrances. Installation of new metal and glass awnings.

The Brio Lofts at 177 N Failing St have been submitted for building permit review:

New four story, 95 group living rooms in 16 unit building with onsite parking with enclosed trash, ncludes associated sitework **w/17-288659-MT**

A project at 6135 N Minnesota Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Wright Architecture:

Construct new 3 story (18 unit) two-winged apartment building with partial basement and open-air central corridor; attached garbage enclosure and associated site work***dfs roof trusses***separate fire sprinkler & alarm***

A project at 1614 NE 45th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New 3 story 6 unit apartment building; exterior trash enclosure less than 120 sf; site improvements

A project at 5901 SE Belmont St has been submitted for building permit review by Ankrom Moisan Architects:

New single story dental clinic and surrounding site improvements; shell only.

A building permit was issued to LRS Architects for Block 45 at 515 NE Holladay St: 

New 12″Story mixed use building; 240 apartment units with ground floor retail; basement for bike parking*****17″204636″Mt on separate plans******

A building permit was issued for a project at 2216 SE Lambert St:

Construct new 4 story (5) unit apartment building with tucked under garages; associated site work(all revisions to be reviewed by gail)