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: changes at Yard, 2035 Comprehensive Plan, 1208 SE Ankeny and more

Yard, as approved by the Design Commission

Yard, as approved by the Design Commission

The Willamette Week reported that burger restaurant Tilt will move into Burnside Bridgehead tower Yard. Meanwhile the Oregonian reported that the City had missed an “unfortunate” change to the design of the under construction building which “should have triggered either revisions to the design or a reset of the land-use review process.”

Green Zebra announced that they will move into a new building planned at 4926 SE Division St in late 2017. The grocery had originally planned to occupy an existing building at the site, which will now be developed with a 126-unit mixed-use project.

A story in the Southeast Examiner covers a group of Sunnyside residents who are concerned about the loss of sunlight at residential properties adjacent to new commercial developed. The group argues that the City should adopt “light equity” provisions into its codes.

Public hearings are continuing on Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, as noted by the Portland Business Journal. An interactive map shows land use, transportation and citywide systems changes proposed. Written and oral testimony will be taken until a final hearing scheduled for Wednesday January 13th.  Following that members of the City Council will propose amendments to the plan based on testimony received.

BikePortland wrote that “after years of building, Seattle gets a new year’s gift: falling rents“.

Portland Architecture discussed the 10 projects that defined 2015. Included on the list were Hassalo on Eighththe Hotel Eastlund, Frameworkthe Society Hotel and One North.

The Portland Chronicle reported that a 1906 duplex at 1208 SE Ankeny St has been demolished. A building permit is currently under review for a 4 story with basement, 27 unit apartment on the site.

Urban Asset Advisors have secured $41.6 million in construction financing for Couch9, according a story in the Portland Business Journal.

Metro Reports: Couch9, Chamberlain Hotel, Broadway Tower and more

Couch9 by Vallaster Corl Architects

Couch9 by Vallaster Corl Architects

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits. We publish the highlights.

FFA Architecture and Interiors have requested Design Advice for an expansion to the Industrial Home Building:

Design Advice Request for a project which is for a proposed addition to expand the current Industrial Home Building located on the property to accommodate tenant expansion plans. Maintain parking at the ground level and add two connecting floors above. Adding approx 5924 SF in total and considering a green roof system.

Icon Architecture have requested Early Assistance to discuss a project at 6826 N Greenwich Ave:

Proposal is to build a nine unit residential apartment bldg. With below grade parking.

Emerick Architects have requested Early Assistance to discuss the conversion of the Chamberlain Hotel, most recently used by Shleifer Furniture, back into a hotel:

Proposal is for a mixed use on ground floor with hotel rooms on upper floor. Existing building will be restored.

Design Department have submitted a project at 533 NE Killingsworth St for Design Review:

Design review for a repair and refurbish of building facade, new one-story building behind facade. New doors and windows and new patio dining areas.

SRG Partnership have submitted the Knight Cancer Research Building for Design Review:

Knight Cancer Research Building

GBD Architects have submitted the Broadway Tower for Design Review:

Design review for a new 19-story high-rise mixed-use building with a combination hotel, office and retail (ground floor) uses. Parking provided in a below-grade structure. Three modifications requested: loading stall size requirement; bicycle parking stall size; and exceeding glazing minimum for entire site, except for north and south elevations.

A building permit is under review for a project at 5429 N Minnesota Ave:

Construct a six unit three story apartment building with 2 bedroom/1 bath units with living room, dining room, kitchen, and washer/dryer closet.

Stewart Gordon Straus Architect has submitted a project at SW 12th & Woods for building permit review:

Construct a new five unit three story apt building attached to a new three story 4 unit apt building with ground floor garage parking for each. Portions of site greater than 20% slope.-see comment

A building permit is under review for a project at 2825 NE Columbia Blvd:

Construct new 103,912 sq ft, 3 story self storage building with associated utilities, parking and landscaping.

Mackenzie have submitted a project at 6006 NE Holladay St for building permit review:

New 118,162 sf four story self storage building**with 15-280089-MT & demos 15-280098-CO & 15-280101-CO**

Building permits were issued to SERA Architects for the Modera Belmont:

Demolish existing office building, surrounding asphalt and landscaping

Site demolition, excavation, shoring and concrete work up through level 2 floor slab

A building permit was issued for Couch9 by Vallaster Corl Architects:

New 11 story mixed-use housing tower with ground floor retail and 2 levels of below grade parking. Vegetated roof garden at level 2 for stormwater retention and filtration. Rooftop terrace for residents at level 11 (existing structure to be demolished).


Couch9 (images)

A Design Review is underway for Couch9, an 11 story mixed-use building in the Pearl. The proposed building will contain 137 residential units and 8,000 sq ft of retail in an 126’-8” tall structure. The residential units will be a mix of studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments. A rooftop deck for the common use of residents would be provided at the 11th level, along with an associated clubroom and fitness area. 87 car parking spaces would be located in two underground levels. 242 bicycle parking spaces would be located throughout the building in common storage areas and within the individual units. The project design is by Vallaster Corl Architects for Urban Asset Advisors who previously worked together on the Lower Burnside Lofts.


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Weekly Roundup: Park Avenue West, bar closures, Centennial Mills and more

November 21, 2013 LU 13-214772 DZ - Drawings - 05

Street level view of Park Avenue West

  • There were no City Council or Design Commission hearings this week, due to the Christmas holiday.
  • In “Closing Time” the Willamette Week wrote about the many Portland bars that will have closed by the end of 2014, including Magic Gardens, which closes on New Year’s Eve. The strip club occupied a space in the Overland Warehouse Company building, which is due to be converted into creative office space.
  • An article by Brian Libby at Citylab asked whether Jordan Schnitzer can save Centennial Mills.
  • The Portland Chronicle published photos of Spring Market at SE 31st and Hawthorne, which is slated to be redeveloped by VWR Development and TVA Architects as a mixed use building with apartments over retail.
  • Another blog post at the Portland Chronicle contained photos of the Pearl garage set to be torn down for Vallaster Corl’s Couch9 project.
  • In “Nerves of steel: Building the Park Avenue West Tower in Portland” the Oregonian published photos and wrote about the construction of the skyscraper set to be the third tallest building in the city.

Metro Reports: Central Eastside offices, Pearl District hotel and more


Vallaster Corl’s Couch9, as presented at Design Advice

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

Carleton Hart Architecture have requested Early Assistance for a project at 110 SW Arthur, planned by Central City Concern:

EA to discuss proposed 39-unit multi-dwelling project with potential height Adjustment

Early assistance was requested for a project at 2601 SW Water Ave. The owner is Kevin Cavenaugh, of Guerrilla Development.

Multi-family building.

Vallaster Corl have applied for a Type III Design Review for their Couch9 project at 115 NW 9TH Ave:

11 Story building

FFA Architecture & Interiors have applied for a Type III Design Review for the Fair Haired Dumbbell, also by Guerrilla Development:

New mixed-use office building with retail use at the ground floor. Six stories with basement parking. Project will include full row street improvements. Stormwater plan will meet BES standards.

The NW Everett Hotel in the Pearl is also in for a Type III Design Review:

Design review for 232-unit, 8-story, mixed use hotel project with 114 parking spaces, with modifications to ground floor window standards and loading space standards.

di loreto Architecture have applied for a Type III Historic Resource Review for an addition to St Michael the Archangel at 424 SW Mill St:

Historic Landmark review of ADA and seismic upgrades, addition and site improvements.

Mackenzie have applied for a building permit for an office at 240 SE Clay. The site is owned by Killian Pacific, the developer behind the Goat Blocks project. A project valuation of $12,935,996 was listed.

New industrial office building with structured parking at lower level and the below grade parking area will also utilize the existing retaining wall, adjacent surface parking lot will utilize the exterior wall of the existing building at the perimeter