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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Metro Reports: Jupiter Hotel, 1201 NW Naito, Kellogg Middle School and more

Jupiter Hotel

A building permit was issued for the Jupiter Hotel expansion

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.

Early Assistance has been requested by Fosler Portland Architecture for a project at SW 36th Ave & Troy St:

New Mixed Use Building on vacant sloping lot. First 2 stories office and retail top 2 stories will have 4-8 apartments.

Early Assistance has been requested by Michael Green Architecture for a project at 1053-1201 NW Naito Parkway:

New 7-18 story Apartment Building – Timber (CLT) Construction – 2 levels for parking. 3 Development plans, some affordable housing proposed.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 1945 NW Raleigh St:

New 4 story 18 unit apartment building.

Early Assistance has been requested by Encore Architects for a project at 1337 E Burnside St:

The project consists of a six-story approximately 200 unit apartment building with below-grade parking for approx. 118 vehicles.

Early Assistance has been requested by TVA Architects for a project at 2880 SE Division St:

4-story mixed-use multi-family apartment project with ground floor leasable space, lobby, MEP/Utility/Service space, and three elevated apartment floor levels (combo of studio and one-bedroom units for a total of 67 units). Onsite surface parking will be provided. They may need an adjustment to parking stall width.

Early Assistance has been requested by Oh Planning + Design for a project at Kellogg Middle School

Redevelopment of middle school (Kellogg Middle School), either by new addition and renovations – or replacement of 100,000+ sq ft school.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Köz Development for a project at 1111 NW 16th Ave:

New 95 studio unit apartment building, no parking proposed. A eco roof for stormwater management with flow through planters in the courtyard to manage impervious areas outside of the roof.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled for a project at 1500 NE Irving St: 

Proposal is new construction of a four story apartment building with 60 units with tuck under grade level parkiing. Existing parking lot to be re-striped to provide parking lots for both existing office and new apartment building.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Work Progress Architecture for a project at 330 SW 10th Ave:

New 23 Story Mixed Use Building – Existing Historic Federal Exchange Building to remain on site.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by TVA Architects for a project at 820 SE Alder St:

New multi-family residential development with ground floor retail and underground parking garage. 6 stories (67′ tall) with a combo of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom living units.

A project at 1650 NW Naito Parkway has been submitted for Type III Design Review by TVA Architects:

new 17 story apartment building. 258 residential units are proposed. The first floor will have both residential and parking. There are 192 underground parking spaces. The access for the parking would be from NW Naito. Two loading spaces are proposed. The property will be divided to create a 79,700 square foot site for this development.

A project at 306 SE 8th Ave has been submitted for Type III Design Review by SERA Architects:

Demo existing building, new development of 7 story 120 unit residential apartment building with ground floor retail and underground parking. 2 modifications , bike parking width &size of parking stalls.

A foundation permit was issued for 1133 SW Market St:

STR – to include Structure, Shoring, Ground Improvements and MEP underground

A building permit was issued to Studio3 Architecture for a project at 4030 N Vancouver Ave:

New mixed use building, 5 stories with ground floor commercial use and 49 apartment units above

A building permit was issued to Works Progress Architecture for the Jupiter Hotel Expansion:

Construct new 6 story mixed use building, includes event space and restaurant, floors 3-6 are hotel rooms, no parking. Site work and stormwater management included.

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.