Focus: The 25 Most Popular Posts of 2018

Block 216

The 35-story Block 216 tower was approved in December. Our post about the project’s Design Advice Request was our most popular post of the year.

Happy New Year.

2018 is the fourth full year Next Portland has been in operation and I’m excited to see what 2019 brings. I’m currently on vacation in Scotland, so new posts will continue to be sporadic until I return next week.

Last year was another busy year for the site. Of the course of the year 141 new posts were published, with nearly 900,000 page views.

The year started with the last of the pre-inclusionary zoning (IZ) projects working their way through the design review process. In February it was reported by the Portland Mercury that Portland’s inclusionary zoning mandate was getting lackluster results, with only 12 qualifying building in the pipeline.

By the end of the year Next Portland had posted about a number of large post-IZ developments that have been approved through design review. These include 815 W Burnside, 1715 SW Salmon, Nomad, the ART Tower Block 216, 1935 N Killingsworth and the Pepsi Blocks. The Portland Housing Bureau now estimates that there are 43 projects subject to inclusionary zoning in the pipeline, with 362 affordable units in projects that have permits or are close to permitting.

Despite the uptick in post-IZ proposals, new design review and building permit applications remain down relative to years ago. At the end of the year the Bureau of Development Services was forced to lay off staff for the first time since the recession, citing “quite sobering” forecasts.

Similarly to 2017, many of the most popular posts were published in previous years, a reflection of the fact that the content Next Portland remains relevant for a long time, as buildings move through construction and into occupancy. One post in the top 25 most popular posts was from 2015; seven posts were from 2016; six posts were from 2017; and eleven were published in 2018.

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

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Metro Reports: 5020 Condos, Glass Lab, Fourth and Montgomery, and more

Glass Lab

A building permit was issued for the renovation of the former Morehouse Glass building at 350 SE Mill St. New suites will be created in the building for small manufacturing and office users.

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 10th to December 16th, 2018. 

Early Assistance has been requested by Scott Edwards Architecture for a project at 1015 SE Woodward St:

Complete renovation of existing building, including on and off site work

The 5020 Condos at 5020 N Interstate Ave have been submitted for a Type II Design Review by Carleton Hart Architecture:

100-day review timeline New 6-story, 71,128 sf mixed-use development (wood framing over a concrete podium) with 64 apartments; 40 affordable apartments for residents at a variety of income levels and 24 apartments at market rate. Residential units consist of a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. the first floor includes a 1,606 sf commercial space (future TI), bicycle storage, bicycle amenities and utility spaces. Site improvements include surface and covered parking (16 spaces), a multi-purpose exterior space and sidewalk improvements. Modifications to facade articulation (33.130.000), Bicycle parking standards (33.266.220.C), Ground floor windows (33.130.230 & 33.415.340), Ground floor active use (33.415.200)

A project at 5432 NE 18th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story (7) unit apartment building with assiciated site work and parking on the ground floor

Nomad at 1431 N Church St has been submitted for building permit review by Works Progress Architecture:

New construction of 7-story Mixed-Use Building; 2-stories C.I.P. Post-tensioned Concrete Slabs and Columns, 5-stories wood-frame. 6 levels of Residential Units with Amenity over 1 Level of Residential Amenity and Retail. Work to the Retail will be included as part of this Permit. The Overall Buillding Height is less than 75ft.

A project at 5833 N Maryland Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New 3 story, 12 unit apartment building with attached 40 S.F. Trash enclosure, includes associated sitework, roof trusses and floor joists***dfs stair rail system*****mechanical to be obtained separately***

A building permit was issued for Glass Lab at 350 SE Mill St:

Change of occupancy from M to B. Core & shell remodel of 1st & 2nd floors of (E) building – remove all interior partitions, fixtures, & stairs; add walls to create new tenant spaces on 2nd floor; replace storefront & overhead doors; (4) new mezzanines, new stairs, bathrooms, & offices; restripe & landscape parking lot *** no tenants this permit *** w/18-187700-mt ***

A structural permit was issued to Lever Architecture for the North Building at the Adidas Campus Expansion:

STR 01 – North building only – Structural frame for new building including 5 levels of below grade precast construction (parking garage) and 5 stories of above grade precast concrete with CLT, glulams, andconcrete slab hybrid construction, work includes mat slab founation and site cast concrete cores with stairs. Work also inlcudes MEP work for below grade parking

A foundation permit was issued to SRG Patnership for the Fourth and Montgomery Building:

Foundation and structure up to bottom of Level 2, for new 3/4 block, 7 story, mixed use building that will house groups from PSU, OHSU, PCC and the City of Portland

Nomad on N Interstate Receives Design Advice (images)

The Nomad mixed use development at N Interstate and Church St has gone in front of the Design Commission to receive optional Design Advice. The 7-story building is being designed by Works Progress Architecture for Ethos Development, and will include 130 residential units over ground retail and building amenity spaces. 22 at-grade parking stalls and 145 bicycle parking spaces are proposed. The building will be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing or the payment of a fee-in-lieu.

Nomad 1431 N Church St

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Metro Reports: Nomad, 1921 SE 3rd, 1710 NE Multnomah, and more

Nomad 1431 N Church St

The Nomad development, as presented to the Design Commission at a Design Request Advice meeting on September 20th. The 130-unit development is being designed by Works Progress 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 September 10th to September 16th, 2018. 

Early Assistance has been requested by Scott Edwards Architecture to for a garage at 1988 SE 3rd Ave, intended to serve the office development at 1921 SE 3rd Ave: 

Proposed 4-story parking garage with approximately 120 parking spaces that will serve the proposed industrial office building across the street at 1921 SE 3rd Ave. This parking structure will be open with natural ventilation of most likely concrete construction. A new driveway is proposed near the northwest corner of the lot onto SE 3rd Ave for access. There should be enough landscape area remaining to take care of stormwater plus any additional drywells under the parking are if required. See EA 17-165761 for information on the office building development.

Early Assistance has been requested by Concord Hospitality Enterprises for a project at 1710 NE Multnomah St:

Demo aging existing 180+ room extended stay hotel and replace with approximately three hotel brands equaling 450 rooms.

Early Assistance has been requested by Ankrom Moisan Architects for a project at 2148 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd:

Construction of a new 3-story office building (approximately 30,000 SF). Two retail locations within the building along MLK on north and south corners. Public parking proposed on R101769. Private parking below level 2. All parking is surface parking. Proposed disposal of stormwater to be infiltration on site.

Early Assistance has been requested by Edge Development to discuss a project at 5665 NE Glisan St:

Demolish two existing single story garages and construct three, 3-story multi-family residential (30 units total).

Early Assistance has been requested by Fosler Portland Architecture for a project at 9501 N Ivanhoe St:

This is a zoning inquiry prior to proposing a project. Option 1 is to renovate the existing non-confirming use (grocery store to remain) plus a new 2nd floor ddition for one apartment. Option 2 is to replace the building with a new building to contain ground floor commercial and 2nd floor residential. No development is being proposed at this time.

A project at 5321 NE 13th Ave has been submitted for Type II Conditional Use Review:

Demolish existing structure and construct a new 5-unit multi-family building. Property was originally part of a Conditional Use Review (07-108596).

Nomad at 1431 N Church St has been submitted for Type II Design Review by Works Progress Architecture:

Proposed development is for a seven story building occupying a half city block at N Interstate Ave btwn N Church and N Maryland Ave. The site currently has four structures that will be removed. The proposed building use includes at-grade surface parking, with retail lobby, residential amenities and a residential unit at grade. The next floors with consist of six levels of residential units above.There will be a large shared kitchen,gathering room and covered outdoor space on the 6th floor. Parking and loading access to the site will be from N Maryland Ave along the east edge.

A building permit was issued for a project at 1213 N Alberta St:

Construct new (3) story 14 unit apartment building with bike storage and trash area on level 1; associated site work

Metro Reports: Block 40, 1431 N Church, NE 12th & Irving, and more

A building permit is under review for Alamo Manhattan and Hensley Lamkin Rachel Architects’ South Waterfront Block 40.

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 August 6th to August 12th, 2018. 

Design Advice has been requested by Works Progress Architecture for a project at 1431 N Church St:

New mixed use apartment complex, approx 89,000 GSF with six levels of apartments above one level of retail and building amenity space.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 8911 SE Stark St:

In two phases, demolish existing 1-story warehouse and bakery. Build new 3-story and 2-story buildings (connected) to house not-for-profit community organizations. Landscaped courtyard and side yard w/ porous pavement and stormwater filtration.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Mackenzie to discuss the NE 12th & Irving Self Storage facility at 718 NE 12th Ave:

Project is for a multi-story urban self-service storage building with ground floor commercial space.

One of the two buildings at South Waterfront Block 40, located at 3714 SW Macadam Ave, has been submitted for building permit review:

New 245,000 sq. ft./ 7-story/ 232 room apartment building, with 2 levels of parking below building. First floor has commercial spaces and amenities.

A building permit was issued to William Wilson Architects for a project at 1640 NW Irving St:

Addition of 2nd floor penthouse to include offices, breakroom and stairs to first floor. Change of occupancy from S-1 to B to include conference room, project room, offices, work areas and (2) bathrooms and a lobby

A building permit was issued to EPR Design for a project at 1570 N Willis Blvd:

new 3 story, 9 unit apartment building with interior garbage room, includes associated site work

Metro Reports: Adidas Campus Expansion, Tree Farm, 555 SE MLK, and more

Image of one of the three new buildings by Lever Architecture’s proposed at the Adidas Campus, as seen from the corner of N Sumner and Delaware.

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 June 18th to June 24th, 2018. 

Design Advice has been requested by Holst Architecture for a project at 2310 N Hunt St:

DESIGN HEARING – Design Advice Request for 42 dwelling units in four building with surface parking and associated site landscape elements. Stormwater will be managed on site.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 2628 SE Belmont St:

Demolish existing building and construct a new 4-story, 44-unit, apartment building with retail on the first floor.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by BBL Architects to a discuss a project at 725 NE 100th Ave:

Pre-application conference for a proposed elementary school in David Douglas school district.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Works Progress Architecture to a discuss a project at 1431 N Church St:

Proposed new mixed use apartment complex approx 90,000 GSF with six levels of apartments above one level of retail and building amenity space.

The Adidas Campus Expansion was submitted for Type II Design Review by Lever Architecture:

Proposal is for three new buildings, site work, right of way work, renovation to existing plaza, new landscaping and relocation of the Adidas Village arrival drive to create a cohesive intersection at N. Greeley Ave.

A project at 203 NE Grand Ave was submitted for Type III Design Review by Ankrom Moisan Architects:

New construction of an eight story mixed use building with one level of underground parking. Approximately 170 apartments on levels 2-8, 5,500 SF of retail on ground floor. Amenities include a lounge, fitness, leasing, bike storage, pet area and wash.

A project at 6123 N Lombard St was submitted for building permit review by FFA Architecture & Interiors:

New 4 story mixed use apartment building with 46 living units and retail space and garage parking

A building permit was issued for a project at 1415 SE Pardee St (formerly 4540 SE Milwaukie Ave):

Construction of new 4 story apartment building (44 units); garage on first floor;

Building permits were issued for a project at 3445 SE Gladstone St:

Bldg A – 1 of 3 new buildings w/ (E) building to remain, all on same lot – 2 story- with basement – 7 unit apartment building w/ onsite parking, includes associated sitework *** w/ detached trash enclosure 17-248414-CO & 17-248408-MT***

Bldg B – 2 of 3 new buildings w/ (E) building to remain, all on same lot – 2 story with basement , 8 unit apartment building *** w/ 17-248411-MT ***

A building permit was issued to Hacker Architects for a project at 555 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd:

New construction of six(story (above ground) building consisting of 90,400 SF with one level of underground parking consisting of 15,490 SF; five levels of office over ground floor retail , CLT floor system.

A building permit was issued for Tree Farm at 826 SE 3rd Ave:

New 6-story commercial building; 1st floor future retail tenant, lobby and trash room; floors 2-6 F2 occupancy; and associated site work, no occupancy this permit *** mechanical permit 17-196436 MT***

Metro Reports: Redfox Commons, Dundon-Berchtold Hall, Abernethy Flats, and more

A building permit was issued for the University of Portland Dundon-Berchtold Hall, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Soderstrom Architects

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 February 5th to February 11th, 2018.

Design Advice has been requested by Ankrom Moisan Architects for a project at 203 NE Grand Ave:

New 15-story mixed use building. Apartments on levels 2-15. Ground floor retail. Amenities include a lounge, fitness, leasing, bike storage and bike lounge, pet area and wash. Ground floor will be retail and active use. Proposed stormwater disposal will connect to public sewer. See PC 17-274410.

Early Assistance has been requested by Works Progress Architecture for a project at 1431 N Church St:

Current code: Construction of two residential buildings catering to motorcycle enthusiasts, one on each of two adjacent lots. Lots may be merged or remain separate. The primary option includes construction of one 19-unit residential building on each lot with accessory retail on R226170 along Interstate Ave and motorcycle garage parking along the north face of R226172. Alternative options include maximizing FAR on lot R226170 (32,000 SF and 40 units) and a 15 bed Group Living facility on R226172.

Early Assistance has been requested by Icon Architecture/Planning for a project at 2839 NW St Helens Rd:

Current code: Remodel and expansion of existing nightclub. Addition of 4 stories to include: performance rooms, a bar, offices, a dressing room, central staircase and an elevator.The parking lot will be partially reconfigured. There will be a new occupied roof deck over the existing building and a roof terrace on the addition. The top of the addition includes a mechanical loft. The existing deck will be covered by fabric awnings. Stormwater will discharge into nearby City storm system.

A project at 5120 N Lombard St has been submitted for building permit review by Studio 3 Architecture:

New 3 story 18 unit apartment building

A project at 432 NE Simpson St has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story (12) unit apartment building with associated site work

A building permit was issued for the Redfox Commons at 2638 NW Wilson St

Addition & change of occupancy from S to B; connect two buildings with breezeway. Replace mezzanines in both with new second floors. ***OSSC seismic upgrade***

A selective demolition permit was issued for the PSU Neuberger Hall Renovation:

Partial Demo – removal of numerous partition walls, extensive demolition to mechanical, plumbing, electrical, telecom equipment and systems as indicated. Portions of the structural slab will be removed. Exterior work includes removal of portions of the façade and several trees. Information on Hazardous Materials and Abatement included.

A building permit was issued to BAMA Architecture & Design for a project at 8130 SE 6th Ave (previously 8128 SE 6th Ave):

New 4 story multi family with basement, 29 unit apartment building, includes associated sitework. ***separate mechanical permit required***

A building permit was issued for the Abernethy Flats at 2020 SE 11th Ave:

New 4 story, 34 unit apartment building with (2) tenant spaces on first floor (no occupancy this permit); includes associated sitework *** w/ 17-185728-mt permit ***

A building permit was issued for the University of Portland Dundon-Berchtold Hall at 5000 N Willamette Blvd:

New constuction of a 65,000 SF classroom and office building with basement and two levels above!grade; W/ 17!224831!MT