Metro Reports: 3000 Powell, Central Lofts, Willamette Blocks, and more

The Willamette Blocks is a four building development in South Waterfront, designed by architects Hensley Lamkin Rachel for developer Alamo Manhattan. The northern two buildings, between S Lane and S Abernethy, have been submitted for building permit review.

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 November 2nd, 2020 to November 8th, 2020.

3000 Powell has been submitted for a Type III Design Review by Holst Architecture:

3000 Powell is a proposed affordable multi-family dwelling structure with approximately 206 units and 28 parking spaces. Additionally the project proposes a new multi-use path connecting SE 30th
Ave. through the site to SE 31st Ave.

A project with two buildings at NW 25th and Vaughn has been submitted for building permit review by Milbrandt Architects:

PDOX PS – new 4-story 19 unit apartment building w/associated site work

PDOX PS – new 4-story 19 unit apartment building w/associated site work

Con-way Block 290 at 2050 NW Raleigh St has been submitted for building permit review by LRS Architects:

BLOCK 290 – New 7-story mixed-use building with six stories of residential above ground floor retail and one story of below grade parking; includes amenity spaces and associated sitework *** w/ 20-182447 -MT ***

A project 1325 SW Gibbs St has been submitted for building permit review by Steelhead Architecture:

PDOX PS – construct new 5 story (27) unit apartment building: 4 story wood framed construction over 1 story concrete structure parking: associated site work

A building permit was issued to Jones Architecture for the Central Lofts at 7373 N Philadelphia Ave:

New 4 story mixed use building with 30 units, attached trash enclosure, includes associated site work with interlocking stairs.

Blocks 41 and 42 of the Willamette Blocks at 3510 S Bond Ave have been submitted for building permit review:

ALAMO MANHATTAN – BLOCK 41 – New 23 story, mixed-use building with four levels of above-grade parking and one level below-grade parking, commercial space on the ground floor, and 340 residential dwelling units; includes associated site work *** w/20-205976-MT ***

ALAMO MANHATTAN – BLOCK 42 – New 6 story, mixed-use building with two levels of below-grade parking, commercial space on the ground floor, and 231 market rate apartments; includes associated site work *** w/20-201349-MT ***

A building permit was issued to Studio 3 Architecture for a project at 1550 N Buffalo St (previously 7156 N Greenwich Ave):

New 3 story, 18 units multifamily apartment building with associated site works. Trash enclosure attached to building.

A building permit was issued to Doug Circosta Architect for Findley Commons at 3440 SE 54th Ave:

FINDLEY COMMONS – New construction of 20 apartment units + 15 group living units in one (1) three-story building. Amenities include bike parking, common rooms, and laundry room. ** review with 20-173188-CO for Trash Enclosure. ***no Mechanical Permit/Mechanical Systems Review with this submittal Septic Decommissioning Required. Call for Inspection 842.

A building permit was issued for a project at 4928 NE 29th Ave (previously 2904 NE Alberta St):

Construct 2 story new shell building and associated site work.

Unbuilt Projects From The First Five Years of Next Portland

This week Next Portland had its fifth birthday. Since November 2014 we have published over a thousand posts, many of which are about projects that are now complete or under construction. Today, we wanted to look back at some of the unbuilt projects we’ve written about over the years.

Oregon Square
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Block 290 & Slabtown Square Approved by Design Commission (images)

The Design Commission has approved the Block 290 development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by LRS Architects and PLACE Studio for Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new publicly accessible square, surrounded by a mixed use building of four to seven stories in height. The project will will include 201 residential units over ground floor retail. 120 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a below grade garage.

Conway Block 290 and Slabtown Square

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Block 290 & Slabtown Square Reviewed by Design Commission (images)

An initial design review hearing has been held for the Block 290 development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by LRS Architects and PLACE Studio for Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new publicly accessible square, surrounded by a mixed use building of four to seven stories in height. The project will will include 201 residential units over ground floor retail. 107 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a below grade garage.

Conway Block 290

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Weekly Roundup: Providence Park, Karl Miller Center, Madison High School, and more

The proposed 4,000 seat expansion of Providence Park

The Portland Timbers released images of the Providence Park Expansion , which the Portland Mercury noted is “influenced by the iconic near-vertical stands at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires and the Shakespearean Globe Theater in London.”

The Business Tribune wrote about the Design Commission’s 2017 State of the City Design Report.

The Oregonian wrote about how Oregon is pushing for wooden skyscrapers, including Carbon12 and Framework, to revive the state’s timber industry.

As the Portland City Council approved tax breaks for seven new buildings, in exchange for affordable housing, The Oregonian reported that Commissioner Nick Fish questioned whether the proposals go far enough. The exemptions were granted for Con-way Block 290, 2216 NW Pettygrove St, SW Park and Columbia, SW 3rd & Ash, The Atomic Orchard Lofts at 2520 NE Sandy Blvd, Old Town Chinatown Block 33, and Woody Guthrie Place at 5728 SE 91st Ave.

BikePortland reported that amid stiff opposition, the city council ordinance required for the Portland Art Museum’s Rothko Pavilion was placed on hold.

The Portland Business Journal wrote about how PSU is on the final stretch of work on the Karl Miller Centerthe expansion of renovation of the university’s School of Business Administration.

The Portland Tribune reported on an error by Portland Public Schools that resulted in the award of a design contract for the Madison High School Modernization to a firm that scored lower in the evaluation process.

Focus: 33 Affordable Housing Developments Planned for Portland (images)

St Francis Park Apartments

The St Francis Park Apartments, currently under construction in the Central Eastside.

Last December the Portland Housing Bureau delivered its second annual State of Housing Report to the City Council. The report noted the many challenges facing Portland, including that in 2016 “data indicates that housing affordability in Portland in the last year has gotten worse, an issue that is disproportionately impacting low-income residents, Communities of Color, seniors, and individuals with disabilities”. Nonetheless, the report also looked at what the Bureau is doing to address these issues, including: gaining voter-approval of a $258 million Affordable Housing Bond; passage of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance; increasing urban renewal funding dedicated to affordable rental housing; and dedicating short-term rental revenue tax to affordable rental housing.

The report listed nearly 1,900 affordable housing units in the production pipeline, split between 33 developments. Next Portland is re-publishing the entire list, along with images and information about the architect / developer where we have it.

Some buildings on the list are exclusively reserved for lower income people, while others include a mix of market rate units and subsidized affordable units. Figures for levels of affordability, expressed as number of units reserved for individuals or families at a percentage of Area Median Income (AMI), are taken from the Housing Bureau Report. Buildings that include market units are only receiving city funding towards the affordable units. Note that this list does not contain any buildings which will be required to provide affordable housing as part of the newly passed Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (which came into effect this month); any future projects funded through the voter approved affordable housing bond; any developments that are funded without the help of the Portland Housing Bureau; or any developments that have been allocated funding since the publication of the report late last year.

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Weekly Roundup: Ahavath Achim, Block 290, 1510 NE Multnomah, and more

Con-way Block 290

Image from the Design Review submission for the Slabtown Square at Con-way Block 290, by YBA Architects

As Portland gets ready to implement Inclusionary Zoning for the first time, the DJC reported* on the discussions being held by the Inclusionary Housing Panel of Experts. The panel is working to “recommend a set [of regulations] that provides affordable housing without discouraging development.”

OPB reported that the Portland City Council voted to refer a $258 million bond measure for affordable housing to the voters in November. If approved, the measure would create 1,300 housing units, at a cost of $75 a year in taxes for the typical homeowner.

Portland Shoupistas asked if the Portland City Council suppressed the supply of housing in 2013 when in many areas of the city it added minimum parking requirements for buildings with more than 30 units. This Wednesday the City Council will consider zoning changes related to parking in Northwest Portland. Members of the NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee are likely to request that the City Council extend the minimum parking requirements into the Northwest District.

A historic synagogue at 3225 SW Barbur Blvd could be threatened by new development, according to the Willamette Week. The distinctive dome of Ahavath Achim was designed by noted mid-century architect John Storrs. A recent Early Assistance application was received by the City for a 30-unit apartment complex on the site.

The Northwest Examiner reported [PDF] that Guardian Real Estate Services is placing the Slabtown Square at Con-way Block 290 on hold as it reconsiders its options for the site. The project was scheduled to go before the Design Commission on May 19th, but was rescheduled to a date “TBD”. The paper also revealed that XPO Logistics, who bought Con-way last year, are “looking to sell the seven remaining unclaimed acres in the [Con-way] Masterplan area to a national developer.”

The Business Tribune wrote about 1510 NE Multnomahthe 677 unit development by Holst Architecture, planned for the parking lot of the Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX. The project had its first Design Review hearing on June 30th.

The Portland City Council voted to approve a policy that will make closing sidewalks and bike lanes a “last resort” during construction projects.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Broadway Tower, according to the Portland Business Journal. The Portland Chronicle covered the demolition of the Oregonians Credit Union building, which was formerly located on the site.

The City has fired the contractor that was developing ITAP, the new permitting software for the Bureau of Development Services. Despite spending $3.9 million on the project to date, the software is years behind schedule and nowhere near complete.

Next City asked if National Treasure designation will save Veterans Memorial Coliseum?

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Metro Reports: 2761 NE Halsey, 6003 SE Milwaukie, Con-way Block 290 and more

Con-way Block 290, as presented to the Design Commission during Design Advice

Con-way Block 290, as presented to the Design Commission during Design Advice

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

Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 2761 NE Halsey St :

New 3-story apartment building with 29 one- and two-bedroom units.

Brett Schulz Architect has requested Early Assistance for a project at 5209 SE 18th Ave: 

Proposal to demolish existing SFR’s, consolidate lots, and build new 6-story apt building with ground floor parking

Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 6003 SE Milwaukie Ave:

Proposed 4 story apartment building with underground parking and basement.

SERA Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project at 1732 NW Quimby St:

A 6-story market rate apartment building with approximately 115 units and basement parking.

YBA Architects have submitted Con-way Block 290 for Design Review:

Project is for a six story mixed-use multifamily structure located within the NW master plan. 105 parking spaces will be provided for the residents in a below-grade parking level accessed via ramp at NW Pettygrove.

FFA Architecture have submitted a project at 915 NW 21st Ave for building permit review:

New 4 story mixed use building, (2) ground floor retail spaces and (31) parking spaces, 27 apartment units on floors 2-4.

Weekly Roundup: Conway Block 290, Post Office redevelopment, and more

The square at Conway Block 290, as shown at the project's first Design Advice hearing

The square at Conway Block 290, as shown at the project’s first Design Advice hearing

Construction is nearing completion on Framework, an office building at NE 6th & Davis. The DJC published photos of the new building by Works Partnership.

The Oregonian reported that the City could own the Post Office site in the Pearl by 2019, with a first phase of development taking place in 2021. A preferred vision for the site was identified this week as part of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan.

The NW Examiner reported [PDF] on continued disagreements over the public square at Conway Block 290. Some community members are advocating for an enclosed square modeled after European squares, while others are worried such a form will inevitably feel private.

Garden Bar is the latest business to announce that they will open at Hassalo on Eighth in the Lloyd District.

Eater PDX published photos of bar Paydirt, now open in The Zipper.

Design Advice offered for Conway Block 290 (images)

Design Advice has been offered to YBA Architects and PLACE Studio for Conway Block 290, a mixed use development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new square surrounded by four to six story buildings. These will have residential units over ground floor retail, with a subterranean performing arts center. Car parking will be provided in a below grade garage.

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