Weekly Roundup: New Seasons, Little Big Burger, Flying Fish Company, Hop Dog and more

New Seasons has opened at the Slabtown Marketplace

New Seasons has opened at the Slabtown Marketplace

At Portland Architecture Brian Libby interviewed Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect behind the Japanese Garden ExpansionThe acclaimed architecture shared his thoughts on thoughts on Portland, the role of Japanese Gardens in urban settings and the material choices made for his new buildings in Portland.

The first building in the Conway Masterplan opened this week. New Seasons are the anchor tenant at the Slabtown Marketplace on Conway Block 296. An adjacent apartment building on the same block, the LL Hawkins, will open later in the year.

The Portland City Council voted to make changes to the property tax exemption system designed to entice developers to build affordable housing. The annual cap will be lifted from $1 million to $3 million, and the competitive application system will be scrapped. The changes are intended to create up to 200 affordable units a year. Separately, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission recommended that Portland should increase the share of urban renewal money used for affordable housing from 30% to 50%.

As news broke that local chainlet Little Big Burger had been sold to Chanticleer Holdings, it was announced that the burger company will open a location at Hassalo on Eighth in late 2015.

Hop Dog, the latest restauartant concept from former Little Big Burger owners Katie Poppe and Micah Camden, has opened in the 12|Stark building downtown.

The Alameda retail development Lyon Court has secured its first tenant. The as yet unnamed wine bar will be operated by J. Mikey Lynch.

According to the Hollywood Star News, neighbors in NE Portland have created a petition to keep the Regal Lloyd Cinemas 10. The buildings are set to be replaced by the 1510 NE Multnomah development.

Flying Fish company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an oyster bar and new retail location at The Shore on NE Sandy Blvd.

The Portland Chronicle reported on a planned 18 unit building at 6205 N Minnesota. The development will replace a vacant single family home.

Weekly Roundup: retail tenants at 12|Stark, The Zipper and 2&Taylor


The Velomor at Hassalo on Eighth opened this week

The 21 story tower at the Burnside Bridgehead by Skylab Architecture is now known as Yard. The building was formerly known as Block 67.

BikePortland reported that Timbuk2 is set to open its first Portland retail store in 12|Stark. Other tenants in the newly renovated West End building include Bamboo Sushi, Hop Dog and G Star Raw.

The first building at Hassalo on Eighth opened this week. The Velomor includes 177 units.

Chickpeadx will open on July 7th in The Zipper, a micro restaurant space on NE Sandy Blvd.

2&Taylor, the former Yamhill Marketplace, has secured its first retail tenant. Bonanza will offer Navajo fry bread in a space that “accommodate office business lunches or a fast mid-day meal”.

12|Stark under construction in the West End (images)

12|Stark will be latest addition to Downtown’s West End, which has seen an explosion in retail in recent years. The 1918 building is currently undergoing a major transformation, which includes a seismic upgrade. The project will see the building’s ground floor change from an office use to retail, and will potentially include a roof terrace. As reported by Samantha Bakall in the Oregonian, Bamboo Sushi will open the second branch of its sister restaurant Bamboo Izakaya. Other tenants will include Kure Juice bar and Timbuk2. Two spaces remain available. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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