A private/public partnership, led by the Friends of the Green Loop, is moving forward with the ‘Culinary Corridor’, a concept for how to accommodate food carts in the right-of-way. An initial trial will see carts from the 10th & Alder pod placed in the North Park Blocks this summer.
The 10th & Alder pod is one of Portland’s oldest, largest and most popular food cart pods. The pod will close at the end of the month to make way for the Block 216 development. The pod has 40 vendors that employ between 200 and 300 people. A significant number of the owners and employees are people of color, and many of them are immigrants.
As surface parking lots redevelop an alternative model is needed for siting food carts in downtown. In the long term Friends of the Green Loop hope to establish a Culinary Corridor along the Midtown Park Blocks, between Director Park and Ankeny Square on SW 9th Ave.
Planning for this concept is proceeding, however there are enough details left to be resolved that carts will not be able to move to SW 9th by the end-of-month deadline.
The Culinary Corridor team studied placing carts on O’Bryant Square, however the structural condition of the underground parking garage prevents this from happening in the needed timeframe.
In the immediate term the City of Portland has agreed to allow around 37 carts to relocate to the North Parks Blocks, between W Burnside and NW Davis. Three layouts have been developed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, with Option 1 currently favored. The carts would remain on the North Park Blocks until the end of their season, in October. Work on the Culinary Corridor concept will proceed in parallel, so that at the end of the season there will be a more permanent place for the carts to go.
The Friends of the Green Loop are currently accepting donations at GoFundMe, to help cover the costs of towing and providing electrical service to the North Park Blocks.
Portland officials have a plan to save the carts currently located at the 10th & Alder lot, reports the Oregonian. The carts would move to the North Park Blocks on a temporary basis while a longer term solution is sought.
Oregon’s “landmark measure” to legalize duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes throughout the state is one step closer to passage, writes OPB. HB 2001 passed the state House of Representatives with a 43-16 vote. The Willamette Week reported that in the lead up to the vote Portland Public Schools had lobbied in support of the bill, on the basis of creating diversity within neighborhood housing.
Portland’s affordable housing bond is off to strong start, according to a City Auditor report, but risks not serving veterans and seniors as promised.
As much as 2 million square feet of development in the Central Eastside is proposed as part of the OMSI Masterplan, reports the Oregonian—the equivalent of two U.S. Bancorp Towers. The masterplan went in front of the Design Commission for its first Design Advice Request meeting last week.
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 25th to March 31st, 2019.
Design Advice has been requested by SERA Architects for a project at 1634 SW Alder St:
Development of a seven-story mixed use building with approximately 218 units and ground floor retail. Approximately 13 structured parking spaces are proposed with access from SW Alder Street. Two on-site loading spaces are also proposed.
Early Assistance has been requested for the Benson High School Modernization:
Modernization of the existing Benson Polytechnic High School (BPHS), a new 100,000 sf school and potential parking structure on the site of the current 1.5 acre BPHS parking lot, and ADA access improvements to Buckman Fields Park.
Early Assistance has been requested by GBD Architects for a project at SE 2nd and Ash:
The proposed project is a 92,385 sf building (with 60,000 sf of industrial office, 5,000 sf of traditional office, ground floor retail and structured parking). The building has a day lit basement level and first floor of concrete with 5 levels of Type IV-C heavy timber above. Stormwater will be collected on the roof of the building and treated in flow through stormwater planters on the third level.
Early Assistance has been requested by William Kaven Architecture for a project at 2923 and 2933 SE Division St:
One three-story 19 unit building at 2923 and one four-story 18-19 unit building at 2933. Both with ground floor retail. Drywells or storm planters proposed in rear setback.
Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 3228 SW Sunset Blvd:
Convert a section of parking lot (one of two options) – approximately 1/2 acre to multi-plex affordable housing. They could possibly want to sell off that portion of land first, with a condition that the purchaser needs to agree to build affordable housing.
Early Assistance has been requested by Works Progress Architecture for a project at 1006 SE Grand Ave:
Project to include renovation of existing building and construction of a new multi-family on parking lot portion, land division is likely – with a shared access to parking with the existing curb cuts on SE Grand
An excavation and shoring permit is under review for Block 216:
Block 216 – EXC 01 – Shoring and Excavation work to prepare for future 35 story mixed use building with 5 floors of below grade parking
A building permit was issued to Merryman Barnes Architects for the Morrison Market at 722 SE 10th Ave:
Addition for (N) A-2 mezzanine with office and storage; TI for new tenant (indoor foos cart pod); change of occupancy from S3 to A2; add new interior walls to create (2) multi-stall restrooms, (5) food pods, bar area on first floor; seismic upgrade
A building permit was issued for a project at 1515 N Rosa Parks Way:
New 3-story, 14 unit mixed use building, ground floor retail space, associated site work***w/17-191400-mt
Building permits were issued for Fernhill Crossing at 6442 NE 42nd Ave:
New construction 1 of 4 multifamily residential building with 4 units and associated site improvements including detached trash enclosure under 120 sf **mech permit to be obtained separately**
New construction 2 of 4 multifamily residential building with 8 units. **mechanical permit to be obtained separately**
New construction 3 of 4 multifamily residential building with 4 units. **mechanical permit to be obtained separately**
A building permit was issued for a project at 6191 SE Powell Blvd:
Construct new 3 story self storage building with office and parking loading area in NE corner of the building; associated site work
Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senate President Peter Courtney, would require cities to allow dense development along major transit routes, writes the Oregonian. Portland would be required to allow up to 75 units per acre with a quarter mile of frequent transit, and up to 45 units per acre within a half mile.
The Design Commission approved Block 216, a 35-story mixed use building designed by GBD Architects and PLACE landscape architects. The project will include retail, office, hotel, and residential condominium uses, with a 342 stall underground parking garage. The project is being developed by BPM Real Estate Group.
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.
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:
The 35-story Block 216 tower will rise to a height of 460′ and include retail, office space, hotel rooms and residential condominiums.
The Design Commission last week approved* Block 216, writes the DJC. In a late change by the applicant, the tower will now have one less office floor and one more hotel floor, bringing the number of hotel room from 232 to 249.
Oregon could become the first state to eliminate single family zoning, under a proposal by Speaker Tina Kotek. The legislation would require that allow Oregon cities of 10,000 people of more allow duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes, according to the Willamette Week.
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Las Adelitas at 6723 N Killingsworth St, designed by Salazar Architect for Hacienda CDC, will include 140 units of affordable housing.
The infamous Sugar Shack strip club at in Cully will be demolished to make way for 140 units of affordable housing at Las Adelitas, reports the Oregonian.
The Oregonian reports that the Portland is weighing a new strategy for how spend the funds from the 2016 affordable housing bond, following voter approval of Measure 102. The change could affect plans for 3000 SE Powell Blvd and 5827 NE Prescott St, two sites the Housing Bureau had intended to develop itself. The sites may now be turned over to outside affordable housing developers.
The Design Commission has approved the masterplan* for the Pepsi Blocks, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce. The development could include up 1,297 units across the five acre site.
The Buiness Tribune wrote about four Old Portland holdouts, where new development surrounds existing buildings: the Field Office, which wraps around the Dockside Saloon; Fire District No. 3, which formerly housed Touché and is now being incorporated in the Modera Glisan; the Dandy Warhols’ Odditorium, which sits on the remaining quarter block not occupied by the Broadstone Reveal; and the Auditorium Building, which will be surrounded by 250 Taylor office building and the Hyatt Unboundhotel.