Focus: Our 25 Most Popular Posts of 2016

5 MLK

The post about 5 MLK’s first Design Advice Request hearing was Next Portland’s most popular post of the year. [See this follow up post for the most recent images of the project.]

2016 is the second full year Next Portland has been in operation. With development showing no signs of slowing down it’s been a busy year. We published 234 new blog posts, and our development map now has almost 800 unique projects listed (including completed and cancelled projects). Over the course of the year the site had almost 900,000 page views; up 84% over 2015.

6 of the articles that made the top 25 viewed posts were published in 2015; 2 were published in 2014. Our second most popular article from the 2015 list, about the Goat Blocks, was still the fourth most popular article of 2016 despite having been written in December 2014. Our most popular post of 2015, about the 25 tallest buildings planned in the city, remained in the list at third place, and was just beaten out in popularity by the updated 2016 list. Two pioneering Cross Laminated Timber buildings, Carbon12 and Framework, took up three places on the list.

In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

  1. Under construction in the Pearl – The Abigail (images)
  2. City Council overturns Design Commission; Jupiter Hotel will be clad in Asphalt Shingles (images)
  3. Design Reviewed for High-Rise Timber Building Framework (images)
  4. Focus: 25 Office Buildings Planned for Portland
  5. Design Commission approves 15 story building at 4th & Harrison (images)
  6. Burnside Bridgehead, pt I: Block 75 (images)
  7. 1510 NE Multnomah has third Design Advice hearing (images)
  8. Design Commission approves Block 20 condominium tower (images)
  9. 17 story tower planned for Fishels Furniture site (drawings)
  10. Works Partnership present 19 story Burnside Bridgehead tower to Design Commission (images)
  11. 30 Story Tower Planned at SW 11th & Washington
  12. Burnside Bridgehead, Pt II: Block 67 (Images)
  13. Design Commission approves affordable housing on St Francis Park (images)
  14. Under Construction: Pearl Block 136 (images)
  15. North Pearl High-Rises, Part II: The Overton (images)
  16. Focus: 20 new hotels proposed for Portland
  17. Design Approved for Framework, America’s Tallest Timber Building (images)
  18. Lloyd Cinemas Parking Lot Redevelopment Approved (images)
  19. Portland Housing Bureau announces Super NOFA projects (images)
  20. Under Construction: The Porter hotel (images)
  21. Design Approved for First Tall Cross-laminated Timber Building in America (images)
  22. LOCA @ the Goat Blocks (images)
  23. Focus: 25 Tallest Buildings Planned or Under Construction (2015)
  24. Focus: Portland’s Tallest Planned Buildings (2016)
  25. 5 MLK receives Design Advice (images)

Focus: Portland’s Tallest Planned Buildings (2016)

Image from the Discussion Draft of the Central City 2035 Plan (Bureau of Planning & Sustainability).

Image from the Discussion Draft of the Central City 2035 Plan, showing a possible development scenario approximating future growth in the Pearl District over 20 years (Bureau of Planning & Sustainability). At least two of the sites shown as potentially developable have current proposals on them.

It is just over a year since Next Portland last did a roundup of the tallest buildings planned or under construction in Portland. At that time, we counted 25 buildings over 100′ in height planned. Today we count 40. Given the length of time it takes to complete a high rise building, many of the buildings on the 2016 were also on the 2015 list. Four buildings are no longer on the list this year, due to having been completed: Block 17, Pearl West, the Aster Tower and Park Avenue West. Seven buildings that were still in the design phase last year are now under construction. No building on last year’s list is known to have been cancelled.

Read on to see our complete list. 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. In some cases the heights have been estimated.

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Weekly Roundup: Framework, Park Avenue West, Block 75 Phase II and more

The 12 story Framework building by Lever Architecture, planned for a site as NW 11th & Glisan in the Pearl

The 12 story Framework building by Lever Architecture, planned for a site at NW 10th & Glisan in the Pearl

In an article titled “Wooden Buildings as Strong as Steel” Newsweek wrote about how Portland is leading the nation in the adoption of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). The article includes quotes from Ben Kaiser of PATH, architect and developer of Carbon12and Thomas Robinson of Lever who is the architect for Framework in the Pearl and Albina Yard.

An article and photo gallery in the Portland Business Journal showed how CLT is made. Riddle-based D.R. Johnson Lumber Co is currently the only domestic lumber mill certified as capable of producing the wood panels.

The Portland Business Journal covered Block 75 Phase IIthe next high-rise building planned for the Burnside Bridgehead. The Works Partnership designed building is the latest partnership between Beam Development and Urban Development + Partners.

The Oregonian noted that a Travel Portland found that hotel prices have soared since 2010. The rising rates have led to a hotel construction boom, as Next Portland covered last year.

Construction is underway on the expansion of the SERA designed NW Portland International HostelIn a story about the project KGW wrote that the hostel is trying “to keep up with the booming tourism in the Rose City”.

The Portland City Council approved a realignment to the route of the proposed extension of SW Bond between the Tilikum Crossing and SW River Parkway. The extension, which will begin construction this year, allows OHSU projects including the Knight Cancer Research Building to move head.

The first residential tenants are moving into Park Avenue Westreported the Portland Business Journal. The TVA Architects designed building is now the fourth tallest building in Portland.

The Portland Development Commission is increasing its contribution to projects in Lents by $6.3 million, according to the Portland Business Journal. The projects include the Asian Health and Services Center by Holst Architecture, Oliver Station by Ankrom Moisan Architects and 9101 SE Foster Rd by Hacker Architects. The developers behind Oliver Station have gained control of the Chevron station at SE 92nd and Foster, enabling the project to occupy the full block.

Commissioner Steve Novick wrote about an idea that is rapidly gaining traction as a way to bring affordability back to Portland’s neighborhoods. “Missing middle housing” is new term for old styles of development, currently prohibited in most of Portland, at a density between that of single family detached houses and large mid-rise apartment buildings. These include housing types such as rowhomes, courtyard apartments, triplexes, built to the same height and scale as single-family homes.

A post at Portland Shoupistas asked if the PDC’s $26 million garage at the Convention Center Hotel  will be a money maker or a money loser. Though planned as  revenue generator, the post points out that “just to break even, this garage will need to generate more than $12 per space every day of every year for 20 years, starting in 2020.”

KOIN reported that “Ivy Island may not be ‘gateway’ to St. Johns for long“. A street vacation in the St Johns neighborhood was approved this week. The vacation will allow the mixed use Union at St Johns building by Jones Architecture to move ahead, while creating a safer road layout.

 

Works Partnership present 19 story Burnside Bridgehead tower to Design Commission (images)

Works Partnership have gone before the Design Commission with a design for a 19 story tower on Block 75 of the Burnside Bridgehead. The proposed building would include 85 to 90 to residential units above commercial space. Parking is planned at 1:1 ratio in a mechanical parking system with storage at levels 3 and 4.

Block 75 Phase II

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Metro Reports: New Market Theater, Block 75 Phase II, 1502 NW 19th and more

1502 NW 19th Ave

1502 NW 19th Ave

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 1430 NW Glisan St:

Type III Design Review for the construction of a 270,000 sq. ft., 15-story residential tower, with approx. 250 units. 5,500 sf of ground floor Retail. A below-grade parking structure will provide 200 spaces. The applicant intends to transfer FAR potential from the 4,300 sq. ft. lot directly north of the site. Bonus FAR for the residential development will also be utilized.

Works Partnership have requested Design Advice for Block 75 Phase II:

Design Advice Request for a 19-story mixed use tower.

Dominek Architecture have requested Early Assistance for a project at 2423 SE 58th Ave:

Proposal is for new six unit apartment development, two buildings, on-site parking, amenity bonus for additional unit, new water and sewer connections.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 12045 N Parker Ave:

Construction of a new commercial retail restaurant with parking lot improvements.

Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 3701 SE Caruthers St:

New 4 story mixed use building, Approximately 2000 sq ft retail & 30 apartments.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled to discuss a project at NW 13th & Glisan:

Pre-application conference for a new 6-story mixed use building.

SERA Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application discuss an addition to the New Market Theater at 50 SW 2nd Ave:

New 4 story mixed use creative office building addition to the New Market Theater Historic Building.

SERA Architects have submitted 1502 NW 19th Ave for Design Review:

New mixed-use building with 1 ground level retail space and stacked (mechanical) parking (50 spaces). The upper floors will contain 90 residential units. Six stories total.

A building permit is under review for a project at 1841 N Lombard St:

New 3 story – 18 unit apartment building – with associated site utilities and landscaping-attached trash enclosure

Weekly Roundup: Block 75 phase II, Hayashi Rowhomes, Chamberlain Hotel and more

Hayashi Rowhomes

The Hayashi Rowhomes by Hacker

Beam Development announced that they have bought the Chamberlain Hotel building, home to Shleifer Furniture for the last 80 years. They intend to return the building to its original use as a hotel.

The SE Portland gay bar and restaurant Starky’s has closed due to the retirement of its owners, reported the Portland Mercury. The building at 2913 SE Stark is due to be demolished and replaced with a 46 unit multifamily building.

The DJC published photos of the Hayashi Rowhomes, currently under construction on N Vancouver Avenue. The homes were designed by Hacker for developer Project^.

A buddhist center is rising on an old landfill, reported KGW. The Dharma Rain Center will be a “community of mixed housing, meditation hall and public green space”.

An expansion of the Portland Rock Gym makes it the city’s second largest climbing, according to the Portland Business Journal. Work on the expansion began in January and was recently completed.

At Portland Architecture Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture discussed Yard, currently rising at the Burnside Bridgehead.

Also at the Burnside Bridgehead, Beam Development revealed to the Portland Business Journal that Block 75 Phase II could be a 20 story wood tower.

The Portland Chronicle reported on three building in Beaumont-Wilshire that will be demolished to make way for a mixed use building at 4525 NE Fremont St.

Hollywood residents are concerned about the parking situation in the neighborhood as the Footprint Hollywood micro apartment building near completion, reported KATU.