Focus: 25 Tallest Buildings Planned or Under Construction

It’s now almost 6 months since the first post on Next Portland. Since then we’ve published over 180 posts and added over 350 projects to our map, which is a testament to the staggering scale of development happening right now in Portland. Much of this development is 4-6 story buildings along the corridors such as N Williams and SE Division, but there is also a large number of tall buildings going up in the Central City, which why we decided to list the 25 tallest buildings planned or under construction.

While the boom of the 2000s was defined by the activity in South Waterfront, today that district has no apartments or condos planned over 6 stories tall. By contrast the Pearl, the Lloyd District and the Central Eastside are all seeing their skylines altered. Activity in Downtown has quieter, but it also has the tallest building in our list, which is now the 4th tallest building in the city.

Where possible, the heights given are the building height as defined in the Portland Zoning Code and published in the Design Commission’s Final Findings. Where indicated the heights have been estimated.

1 – Park Avenue West

Height: 460′
Architect: TVA Architects
Status: Under Construction

November 21, 2013 LU 13-214772 DZ - Drawings - 03

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Weekly Roundup: Goat Blocks, Station Place Lot 5, Multnomah County Courthouse and more

Station Place Lot 5

Station Place Lot 5

The City Council heard the appeal of Preserve the Pearl LLC against the Design Commission’s decision to approve Block 136. Comments for or against the appeal can be sent to cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov until 5pm on April 15th. The Council will deliberate on April 23rd.

The Portland Development Commission board has voted to sell Station Place Lot 5 to Williams & Dame for $7.4 million. The developers plans to build a 204,000 sq ft office building on the vacant Pearl District land.

Grocery store Market of Choice and hardware store Orchard Supply will be the anchor retail tenants for LOCA @ The Goat Blocks, which is now under construction.

According to a post at The Portland Chronicle, demolition has begun on the Spring Market building on SE Hawthorne Blvd. In its place will be the Hawthorne 31 apartments by TVA Architects and VWR Development.

An article in today’s Oregonian covers OMSI’s desire for housing to be allowed on land it owns in the Central Eastside. The City is currently working on a draft of the SE Quadrant Plan, which will guide the zoning for the area for the next 20 years.

The Post Office Redevelopment could be a ‘golden opportunity for bikeway’, says BikePortlandWork on the  Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, which includes in the USPS site, will begin this year.

The Portland Development Commission has issued a Request for Proposals for Riverplace Parcel 3. Working with the Portland Housing Bureau, they hope to create at least 200 affordable homes on the site.

At Portland Architecture Brian Libby asked whether Portland can grow the right way.

A photo gallery at the Daily Journal of Commerce shows the progress on the Park Avenue West tower.

The Portland Development Commission has reissued a Request for Proposals for NE 106th & Halsey. According to the Portland Business Journal, the PDC is willing to “donate the land at no cost or channel up to $3 million in public funding” to secure the kind of development it wants to see.

A due diligence report [PDF] on the Multnomah County Courthouse was presented to the County board. The two sites currently being considered for the new courthouse are at the Hawthorne Bridgehead, and adjacent to the KOIN tower. No fatal flaw was found for either site, and the site at the Hawthorne Bridgehead remains the preferred site.

Metro Reports: OHSU in South Waterfront, demolition of old PNCA building and more

Market Street Apartments

Market Street Apartments

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

SRG Partnership and ZGF Architects have requested Design Advice for two new buildings in South Waterfront, including the OHSU Center for Health & Healing II:

Design Advice Request for new ambulatory care facility on Block 29 and new mixed-use structure on Block 28.

SRG Partnership have also requested Design Advice for the OHSU Schnitzer Campus Building III at 2730 SW Moody Ave:

Project is new research building for Knight Cancer Research Institute.

YBA Architects have requested Design Advice for Conway Block 290:

Mixed use develpoment 7 stroy building with retail/comercial on the 1st story & underground parking

Leeb Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project on North Harbour Lot 2:

3 lots total. 2 development areas to create one 4 story and one 5 story apartments with podium parking first floor

A demolition permit was issued for the PNCA Goodman Building, which is set to be redeveloped as Block 136:

Demolition of single story concrete warehouse with no basement. Slab will be left on site.Seperate permit for demo of sprinkler system to be obtained from the Fire Marshal’s Office. JET

A building permit is under review for a new building by Solterra Systems at 2422 SE 9th Ave:

New 34,000 sf, 5 story building with b, s, f, and a occupancies; ground floor retail; interior bike parking; lower level parking; ecoroof and elevator

A building permit is under review for the New Seasons University Park at 6300 N Lombard St:

Shell only; construction of new 26,500 sf building; associated site improvements and parking, landscaping and utilities

A building permit was issued for a project at 8211 N Montana Ave:

New 6 unit building, 3 story, 2 units on each floor, flat lot, complex

A building permit was issued to SERA Architects for the Market Street Apartments at 1115 SW Market St:

54,000 SF, 6 story apartment building (5/1)

A building permit was issued for the rebuild of the NE Weidler Taco Bell:

New construction of a taco bell restaurant on same property as existing taco bell that will be demolished

Weekly Roundup: Oregon Zoo, PNCA, Block 136 and more

Zidell Yards

Zidell Yards

  • The Design Commission approved designs for Block 136 and the 19th & Overton.
  • The Portland Development Commission is moving working on finalizing a Development Agreement with ZRZ Realty for Zidell Yards. The Portland Business Journal reported that the main areas still to be worked concern affordable housing and a new park. The Oregonian obtained a draft memo from the Portland Housing Bureau, which asked whether the Zidell family had “no desire” to develop affordable housing.
  • Beneficial Bank is considering redeveloping property it owns at 430 NW 10th Ave in the Pearl with an 11-story wood building. The property is currently occupied by a branch of Albina Bank.
  • Construction is underway on the Burnside Bridgehead Block 75, designed by Works Partnership. The Portland Business Journal reported that a formal groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday January 29th.
  • The Portland Chronicle published photos of the church at 5000 SE Lincoln set to be demolished, to allow the construction of new townhomes.
  • A 2,000 sq ft visitor center at the Oregon Zoo Elephant Habitat will be the first building in the state to use Cross Laminated Timber, as reported in the Portland Business Journal.
  • Brian Libby of Portland Architecture had a first glimpse of the PNCA 511 Building, set to open soon. Next Portland published an article about the building earlier this week.

Block 136 heading to Design Review (images)

After a going through the Design Advice process earlier in the year, Block 136 is heading to Design Review. The design of the project, located at NW 13th & Johnson, is by Seattle based architects Mithun for Security Properties. The project will replace PNCA’s Goodman building, a building which will be missed by many, even as they recognize the need for the city to change. The project consists of two buildings separated by a courtyard: a 5 story office building facing NW 13th Ave; and a 15 story residential tower facing NW 12th Ave.

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