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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Under Construction: North Hollow Apartments (images)

This is an updated version of a post originally published on July 8th 2015.

Construction is underway on the North Hollow Apartments in Goose Hollow. The 6 story building by SERA Architects for developers Molasky Group and Trinity 3 Investments will include 121 residential units, one 900 sq ft retail space and 65 vehicular parking spaces. 184 bicycle parking spaces will be provided. The ground floor of the building will be primarily residential units, however these have been designed in such a way that they will be easily convertible to retail spaces should the demand for retail in the area increase. Through a 10 year property tax exemption passed by the City Council in December, 24 of the units will be reserved for households earning no more than 80 percent of Portland’s median family income.

1501 SW Taylor

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Weekly Roundup: the return of South Waterfront, Multnomah County Courthouse, Garlington Center and more

Garlington Center

The Garlington Center by Scott Edwards Architecture for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

An article in The Oregonian noted that South Waterfront “is booming again”. Projects mentioned include Zidell Blocks 4 and 6Riverplace Parcel 3, OHSU Center for Health and Healing South and the OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building.

The Portland Mercury reported that the City Council will vote this week on an ordinance that will direct money raised from short term rentals such as Airbnb into the Housing Investment Fund. The measure would allocate $1.2 million of new money for affordable housing every year.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is planning a new integrated health clinic and low-income apartment complex, writes OPB. The Garlington Center at 3034 NE MLK Jr Blvd will replace an existing building on the site owned by the non-profit.

Plans are moving ahead for the new Multnomah County Courthouse, according to The Oregonian. The County is now planning on including the District Attorney’s office and high volume courts in the building, which is likely to raise the cost of the project by $40-50 million.

An article in The New York Times by local writer Brian Libby looked at the three building One North development on N Williams by Holst Architecture and PATH Architecture. The Karuna East office building was recently completed, and is leased to digital creative agency Instrument.

Digital product agency Uncorked Studios has leased the entire third floor of the 811 Stark building, according to the Portland Business Journal. The Central Eastside building by Works Partnership is currently under construction.

The City Council approved 10 year tax exemptions for three buildings that will collectively include 81 units of affordable housing, wrote the Portland Business Journal. The buildings are the North Hollow Apartments at 1501 SW Taylor St, the Vancouver Ave Apartments at the NE and SE corners of the N Vancouver Ave and N Shaver St,  and the Mississippi Apartments on N Fremont St between N Mississippi and N Albina Ave and on N Cook Street between N Albina and N Borthwick Ave.

The Willamette Week wrote about a potential conflict of interest identified by the City Auditor, due to the fact that members of the West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee are landowners in the area. The Auditor’s report said that individuals such as Greg Goodman of the Downtown Development Group should have disclosed their financial interests before casting any votes, including ones that increased the allowable heights at the Morrison and Hawthorne Bridgeheads.

The Oregonian wrote that Portland’s 3.6% apartment vacancy rate was the lowest in the nation in 2014.

Metro Reports: Riverplace Parcel 3, North Hollow apartments, 9101 SE Foster and more

9101 SE Foster

9101 SE Foster by Hacker architecture

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

Ankrom Moisan Architects have requested Design Advice for Riverplace Parcel 3:

Design Advice Request for two new proposed residential towers. The project will include 162 market-rate and 204 affordable apartment units. The ground level will include retail space and a grocery store. The residential units will share 173 below-grade parking spaces and a 65-space ground-level parking area will serve the grocery store.

Ankrom Moisan Architects have requested Early Assistance for 120 SE Clay:

Industrial site office development. Basement includes approx 82 parking spaces – accessed via Clay.

TVA Architects have submitted a project at 442 NE Jessup for Design Review:

New apartment

Hacker Architecture have submitted 9101 SE Foster Rd for Design Review:

4-story mixed use development with ground floor commercial and 3 floors of apartments.

Woofter Architecture have submitted the PSU Viking Pavilion for Design Review:

Renovation and modernization of existing Peter Stott Center building

Works Partnership have submitted a project at 1400 NW 22nd for building permit review:

Alterations-exterior alteration improvements w/storefront and accessible entrances. ASCE 41 structural seismic upgrade. Addition of exterior courtyard and roof deck interior improvements. Interior improvements include water closets, lavs and bike storage, enclose trash and utility room.

A building permit was issued to SERA Architects for the North Hollow apartments at 1501 SW Taylor St:

partial – shoring; excavation; underground utilities and concrete structure from mat slab up to and including the 2nd floor concrete podium.


Metro Reports: Macadam Apartments, PDX Commons, 1501 SW Taylor and more

Macadam Apartments

The Macadam Apartments by SERA Architects

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 14716 SE Powell Blvd:

25 unit apartment development.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by JRA Architecture & Planning to discuss a new hotel near the airport at 7101 NE 82nd Ave:

Pre-Application Conference for a Type III CU. Proposal is to construct a four-story 99 guest room hotel with on-site parking, indoor pool on existing red lion hotel site.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Mark Dane Planning to discuss a project at 310 NW Maywood Drive:

Pre-application conference for 5-unit condominium project

A demolition permit was issued to GBD Architects for a building at 1437 SW Broadway, on the site of the planned 710 SW Columbia tower:

Demolish 2 story building and (2) parking lots; on site tree removal.

A demolition permit was issued for the existing building due to be replaced by 1501 SW Taylor:

DEMO 2 STORY COMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH BASEMENT -Compacted fill per Title 24 standards, Soils special inspection required. -Remove all foundations and debris -Cap utilities -Scope of work does not include removal of trees

A building permit is under review for a new apartment building at 3205 NE Multnomah St:

Construct new 3 story rowhouse apartment building, 4 units, no parking, attached bike storage and trash enclosure, associated site work and soakage trench included

Works Partnership have applied for a building permit for the PDX Commons at 4262 SE Belmont St:

New 4 story 27 unit apartment building with shared amenities, ground level parking and one tenant space, stormwater facility and site improvements.

Building permits are under review for the Modera Belmont by SERA Architects:

New 6 story apartment with one level of below grade parking

Site demolition, excavation, shoring and concrete work up through level 2 floor slab

Building permits were issued for the two buildings that will comprise the Macadam Apartments at 4920 and 4940 SW Landing Drive, by SERA Architects:

New 116,000 sf apartment building containing 106 market rate apartments

New 69,000 sf apartment building containing 76 market rate apartments, 5 story wood framed construction over ground floor podium built of reinforced concrete, building sits on a concrete slab on grade

Metro Reports: 1501 SW Taylor, 1970 NW 18th, 1502 NW 19th and more

1501 SW Taylor

1501 SW Taylor

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.

SERA Architects have requested Early Assistance for a project at 1502 NW 19th Ave, currently home a food cart pod:

New 76 unit apartment building, 5 stories, with 25 parking stalls. Designed to meet community design standards.

Urban Development Group have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a new building at 1111 SE Sandy Blvd:

New 7 story mixed use building 84 residential units

A Land Division Review has been submitted for land owned by Prometheus Real Estate Group in South Waterfront, which will include the Block 41 development:

Proposal is to divide the site into six lots, a greenway tract and dedicate public streets. Type II adjustment to allow elements of the right-of-way to be located within easement instead of dedicated row.

1501 SW Taylor has been submitted for building permit review by SERA Architects:

6-story, mixed-use residential apartments with one level of sub-grade parking. 121 units. (existing structure to be demolished under separate permit)

Green Gables Design & Restoration have submitted a building at 1970 NW 18th Ave for building permit review:

New construction of building to house 3 tenants, 2 story at center; main floor includes tenant spaces, 2 accessible restrooms and common area, 2nd floor is a part of tenant 1, overhead door at tenat 3 space; stormwater planter facility at exterior and pavers