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: CitizenM, Brio Lofts, Oregon Zoo Polar Passage, and more

Brio Lofts

A building permit was issued for the Brio Lofts, a micro apartment development by Vibrant Cities, located at N Vancouver and Failing

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 3rd to December 9th, 2018. 

Design Advice has been requested by Perkins + Will for a project at 510 SE Morrison St, adjacent to the Weatherly Building:

New twelve story office building with ground level retail and below grade parking. Site is contributing in East Portland-Grand Avenue Historic District.

Early Assistance has been requested for a CitizenM hotel at 1016 W Burnside St:

Applicant is proposing a thirteen-story, 104,077 GSF, 264-key hotel with 4,420 SF of ground floor retail. Hotel drop-off/valet zone proposed on SW 10th Ave. Loading dock is proposed on SW 10th Ave.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by SERA Architects to discuss a project at 1634 SW Alder St:

Proposal is for a 7 story market rate apartment project with approximately 218 units in the Goose Hollow subdistrict of the CC Plan District.

1935 N Killingsworth St has been submitted for building permit review by Works Progress Architecture:

New 4 story mixed use building with ground floor tenant spaces and 36 residential units on floors 2-4. No occupancy for ground floor tenant spaces – future ti permits required *** w/18-272170-mt ***

The Oregon Zoo Polar Passage has been submitted for building permit review:

Polar Bear Holding Bldg, 1-story precast concrete structure w/ metal roof deck, holding facilities for polar bears, associated support functions, demonstration space for visitors, support spaces include prep, storage and a mechanical room

View shelter – Underwater view, open air steel structure w/ glazing panel, CLT roof deck and metal roof. Primary function to provide underwater viewing of polar bear deep pool

View shelter – at existing pool, helter is an open air steel structure w/ glazing panel, CLT roof deck and metal roof. Primary function of structure is to provide viewing of existing polar bear pool & provide shade for visitor seating area below

View Shelter – Polar Bear Cave an open air concrete & CMU structure w/ a glazing panel for viewing bears in the habitat. Structural also includes unconditioned themed hollow rock area w/ wood roof that facilitates adjacent pool drainage and polar bear cooling

Life Support System Bldg (LSS), 1-story concrete block structure w/ steel-framed metal deck roof. Primary function is to house the filtration and pump equipment for the polar bear saltwater pool systems

The Providence Park Retail and Ticket Booth Addition at 1844 SW Morrison St has been submitted for building permit review by John Weil Architecture:

Construct a new 1,200 square feet single story building for retail, with a small storage area, and an eco-roof covering the entire roof area

The Oregon Zoo Primate Forest has been submitted for building permit review:

Primate Holding Bldg – 1-story precast concrete structure w/ combination flat membrane and metal deck roofs. Primary function is to provide holding facilities for chimpanzees, including an on-exhibit day room, associated support functions and viewing area

The Oregon Zoo Cafe has been submitted for building permit review:

Cafe – 1-story wood famed structure w/ a wood truss roof. Primary function to provide facilities for food storage, preparation, and sale, support spaces unclude commercial kitchen & walk in cooler

A building permit was issued to CB|Two Architects for an expansion to Marquis Mill Park at 1475 SE 100th Ave:

8,453 sq ft addition to existing skilled nursing facility including 18 new beds and site improvements. See 18-103623-lu. W/ 18-214562-MT

A building permit was issued for the Brio Lofts at 3912 N Vancouver Ave:

New five story, 91 sleeping rooms, 4 dwelling units in a mixed use building with underground parking; enclosed trash, includes associated sitework

A building permit was issued to LRS Architects for the Magnolia II Apartments at 415 N Fargo St:

New 4 story affordable housing project building which includes 50 new living units and 9 new surface parking stalls at ground floor with common, outdoor play and pation areas totaling 44,584 sq.ft., Connecting to Phase I building, tree removal.

 

Approval of 1935 N Killingsworth Upheld by Design Commission (images)

A staff level approval of a new mixed use building has been upheld by the Design Commission, following an appeal by the Overlook Neighborhood Association. The four story building, designed by Works Progress Architecture, will include 36 residential units over ground floor retail. The building will be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing. 42 long-term bicycle parking spaces, mostly in a secured ground floor bike room. No vehicular parking is proposed.

1935 N Killingsworth St

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Metro Reports: Aniva Apartments, Adidas Campus Expansion, Con-way Blocks 292W and 291W, and more

GBD have requested a Pre-Application Conference for a project on Block 294 in the Conway masterplan

SERA Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss development on Blocks 292 West and 291 West in the Con-way masterplan area

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 March 19th to March 25th, 2018. 

Design Advice has been requested by Lever Architecture for the Adidas Campus Expansion:

Design Advice Request for new buildings at Adidas Village including a centralized
loading facility modification.

Early Assistance has been requested by LRS Architects for a project at 201 NE 2nd Ave:

No zone change to this site. Proposal is for an addition of a 3-4 story office space for business growth and would be located in front of the existing office space. The first floor would be a 630SF lobby entry and includes smaller defliver truck loading and open air plaza covered by upper levels that have approx. 3780SF for each floor plate.Open air plaza accommodates the reservation for easement through the 6’0″ water easement. There is a new water/fire vault that was placed in to lawn area of site in 2015. Questions include steps taken to build over the new water/fire vault; options for stormwater disposal give flood plain and proximity to river,etc.

Early Assistance has been requested by Northpoint Development for a project at 3256 NE Columbia Blvd:

Current code: Proposal is to redevelop site with a 3-story, 120,000 sf self-storage facility with accessory office space and parking, taking access from NE Columbia Blvd.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 16211 SE Foster Rd:

Future code info: Audobon Society of Portland is considering purchasing the lots to create a conservation-focused facility in East Portland. The facility would include environmental education activities, a wildlife hospital, offices, interpretive center, outdoor caging for wildlife and a nature store. It would also include housing staff onsite. They want to ensure that they fully understand what would be allowed at each of these properties.

Early Assistance has been requested by Skylab Architecture for a project at 3205 SW 11th Ave:

Current code (no change to site): Construction of new multi-family, 11 unit residential development (approximately 10,850 sq ft). The building program is arranged into two 4-story bars that step downhill along with the slope of the site. The upper bar will be 4 stories of residential and the lower bar will be 3 stories of residential over 1 level of utility, storage, and parking. Stormwater will be retained onsite with a planter at the south and a basin at the north. Infiltration is not feasible onsite due to the slope, so the planters will be piped to the combined storm/sewer pipe running beneath 11th Ave.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Northpoint Development to discuss a project at 11858 NE Halsey St:

Current code: Redevelop site with 3-story 90,000 sf self-storage facility with accessory office space and parking, taking access from NE Halsey Street.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Fieldwork Design & Architecture to discuss a project at 121 N Beech St:

Future code: Proposal is for a new 5-story building with retail at ground level and 4 stories of office above. Drywell stormwater system.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by SERA Architects to discuss a project on Con-way Blocks 292W and 291W at 1417 NW 20th Ave:

Future Code: Block 292 West and Block 291 West in the Conway Master Plan area. Proposal is for two 6-story market rate apartment buildings with ground floor retail and basement parking. (400+ units).

A project at 1935 N Killingsworth St has been submitted for Type II Design Review by Works Progress Architecture:

This proposal is for a new mixed use development building composed of 4 stories of wood frame construction with at grade parking. The building will be compromised of multi-unit residential uses on the uper levels with retail uses proposed on the ground level. The 36 residential units are a mix of studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units.

A project at 6615 SE 52nd Ave has been submitted for building permit review by DiLoreto Architecture:

Change of occupancy from “B” to R-2″ and 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 project at 2590 NW Upshur St has been submitted for building permit review by Urban Development Group:

New 5 story wood framed 145 unit apartment building with associated site work

A building permit was issued for a project at 821 SE 14th Ave:

Renovation of an existing 3-story 12,462sf office building with a 1-story, 2000sf addition and site improvements

A building permit was issued for the Aniva Apartments at 5009 N Interstate Ave:

New multi family apartment building with 90 units, tuck under parking, associated site work.

 

Metro Reports: UP River Campus, Riverplace Parcel 3, Zidell Block 8, and more

Riverplace Parcel 3

Building permits were issued for Riverplace Parcel 3, which will include 203 units of affordable housing and 177 units units of market rate housing

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 January 8th to January 14th, 2018.

Design Advice has been requested by Allied Works Architecture for a project at 2275 NW Glisan St (510 NW 23rd Ave):

Current Code: Construction of a new 4 story (6,755 square foot) mixed-use building. Five dwelling units on levels 2,3 and 4 are proposed with retail space on the ground floor. This is a contributing site in Alphabet Historic District.

Early Assistance has been requested by Dominek Architecture for a project at 3003 NE Alberta St [update 3/2/2018: this project is no longer active]:

Future code: The proposed project is a new + 18,559 sf 3-story addition to an existing 7,660 sf 1-story building on NE Alberta and 30th Ave. Both frontages appear to be improved. The proposed primary use is mixed use retail and restaurant on the ground flor and household living on the 2nd-4th floors (19 units). The existing ground floor building will be reuised as-is (with appropriate seismic and other upgrades).

Early Assistance has been requested by Works Progress Architecture for a project at 1935 N Killingsworth St:

Current code: Construction of new three story wood framed construction over 1 story mass timber mixed use building with the ground floor having 2 retail spaces and 9 tuck under parking stalls. There are 36 residential units with varying sizes. 8 of the residences will be affordable housing units. Two stairs access each floor, with one extending to the roof via roof hatch. Site will have below grade drywell connected to storm and 1 flow through planter to north.

Early Assistance has been requested by LRS Architects for a project at 11468 NE Holman St:

Current Code: Construct two new auto service facilities and one new car wash/detailing facility

Early Assistance has been requested for the University of Portland River Campus:

Current code – The University of Portland will be submitting an application for Greenway Review for proposed development on the University’s River Campus.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by CIDA Architects to discuss a project at 3220 SE 19th Ave:

New code doesn’t affect this site: Tenant improvement for new boulering gym. No proposed changes to the exterior of the shell, no proposed changes to impervious areas. This would be for a change of use – Type III Conditional Use land use review.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by GBD Architects to discuss Zidell Block 8:

Current Code: Proposed project will be a phased mixed use development containing two high rise residential towers and two levels of below-grade parking for a total area of approx. 798,000 SF. Each of the towers will include 250-300 units of multi-family housing subject to inclusionary housing requirements.

A project at 1475 SE 100th Ave has been submitted for Type II Conditional Use Master Plan amendment by CB|Two Architects:

Planned expansion to existing skilled nursing facility as part of the CUMP in 2011 (11-139546 CUMS AD) for the site. The proposed expansion will increase the existing 38,342 square foot skilled nursing facility with an approximate 8,500 square foot building addition, providiing 18 more beds to the facility.

The Providence Park Retail and Ticket Booth Addition has been submitted for Type II Design Review by John Weil Architecture:

Proposal is for Providence Park retail and Ticket Booth Addition. An addition of 1,300 SF of retail store in existing plaza area at corner of SW 20th and SW Morrison Streets and reconstruction of existing ticket windows to combine three locations into one 160 SF location.

Building permits were issued to Ankrom Moisan Architects for the Riverplace Parcel 3 development:

New 6 story 5 over 1 TYpe IIIA and Type I wood apartment over concrete podium structure with ground floor commercial and daylight basement parking – 2nd 6 story tower permitted under 17-156297-CO, includes all site utility pipingv

New 13 story Type I concrete high rise apartment building over concrete podium structure with daylight basement parking – 2nd 6 story tower permitted under 17-156305-CO