Design Advice Offered For New High Rise East of KOIN Tower (images)

Design Advice has been offered to GBD Architects for a full block, 20 story mixed-use building at 140 SW Columbia St. The project for Texas-based developer Alamo Manhattan would include 306 residential units in the upper 16 floors and 12,205 sq ft of retail and 3 live/work units on the ground floor. Parking for 269 vehicles would be provided in a three story above grade parking podium structure. Exterior terraces are proposed at levels 5, 13 and 20. The building would reach a height of 200′, despite earlier indications that it could be as tall as 260′.

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SW 3rd & Ash Receives Design Advice (images)


The Historic Landmarks Commission has given Design Advice to GBD Architects for a mixed-used development at SW 3rd and Ash St in downtown Portland. The project is one of the Goodman family-owned ‘Ankeny Blocks’ proposed for redevelopment earlier this year. According to drawings submitted to the city, the building includes approximately 9,000 sq. feet of retail space on the ground floor, a mix of studio and 1-bedroom residential units on the upper floors, and a rooftop amenity space. Vehicular parking will be provided in a below grade parking garage. Bicycle rooms are proposed in the basement and at the ground floor.


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260′ Tall Building Planned at 140 SW Columbia

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by GBD Architects to discuss a full block, high-rise, mixed-use structure at 140 SW Columbia St. Drawings show retail and residential at the ground floor, with retail spaces facing SW 1st Ave, Columbia St and 2nd Ave. Floors 2, 3 and 4 will be structured parking with 265 parking spaces, serving the residential uses proposed in the body of the tower.


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30 Story Tower Planned at SW 11th & Washington

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by ZGF Architects and Gerding Edlen Development to discuss a 30 story mixed use building at SW 11th & Washington. The project would include 4 floors of office and 240 residential units. At the ground level retail spaces facing SW 11th Ave, Washington St and 12th Aves are shown. The building would include 4 floors of underground parking, accessed from SW 12th Ave.


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Under Construction: Broadway Tower (images)

This is an updated version of an article originally published on April 22nd 2016.

Construction is underway on the Broadway Tower, a new mixed use building by GBD Architects for developer BPM Real Estate Group. The 254′-3″ tower will include 180 hotel rooms, located on floors 3 to 8, which will be operated under the Radisson RED brand. 175,000 sq ft of office space will be located on floors 9 to 19. The ground floor will include the hotel and office lobbies, as well as the hotel restaurant and a single retail space. Hotel amenities, including a lounge, conference rooms and fitness room, will be located on the second floor. Four levels of below grade parking will provide space for 210 vehicles and 132 bicycles. At the 17th, 18th and 19th floors exterior decks will be provided for the use of office tenants. The largest of these, at the 18th floor, will include landscaping and will face onto the South Park Blocks.

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Pre-Application Conference scheduled for first “Ankeny Blocks” development (images)

GBD Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a mixed use development at 108 SW 3rd Ave. If the project goes ahead it could be the first development on the Goodman family owned “Ankeny Blocks” in Downtown / Old Town. A proposal released earlier this year envisioned that the collection of properties could be redeveloped with 11 new buildings, representing $1.5 billion in investment. Drawings submitted to the City for the Block 31 site show a 6 story building with 120 market-rate residential units and 63 below-grade parking spaces. Approximately 9,000 sq ft of retail space would be located at the ground floor. Ecoroofs, an amenity deck and a community garden are shown at the roof level of the building.

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Landmarks Commission approves WorldMark on Naito (images)

The Historic Landmarks Commission has approved designs for a proposed WorldMark on SW Naito Parkway. The 6 story project by SERA Architects would include a mixture of studio, one and two bedroom units, available to members of the WorldMark by Wyndham vacation ownership program. The project will include a retail space fronting on Naito Parkway. No vehicular parking is proposed.

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WorldMark on Naito goes before Landmarks Commission (images)

The Historic Landmarks Commission has reviewed designs for a proposed WorldMark on SW Naito Parkway. The 6 story project by SERA Architects would include a mixture of studio, one and two bedroom units, available to members of the WorldMark by Wyndham vacation ownership program. The project will include a retail space fronting on Naito Parkway. No vehicular parking is proposed.

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Design Commission approves 15 story building at 4th & Harrison (images)

The Design Commission has approved a 15-story mixed-use development at 4th & Harrison, after four Design Advice hearings and two Design Review hearings.  The 175’ tall building will provide 424 residential units, with a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. At the ground level a 33,000 sq ft supermarket is planned, as well as an additional 5,000 sq ft retail space. 208 vehicular parking spaces are proposed, split between 137 spaces for the residents, and 71 for the supermarket / retail uses. An optional 4th parking level would provide an additional 80 spaces. The building will include 656 long term bicycle parking spaces.

The project is being developed by Chicago based developer Core Spaces. The design architects for the building are Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture of Chicago, with Portland based Myhre Group Architects acting as consulting architects. The landscape design is by Portland based Lango Hansen.

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Weekly Roundup: Ankeny Blocks, relocation of Jimmy Mak’s, closure of Sewick’s and more

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Concept image for the Ankeny Blocks in Downtown

Goodman family controlled Downtown Development Group released a concept for the Ankeny Blocks, an ambitious $1.5 billion redevelopment of 11 surface parking lots between the Morrison and Burnside Bridges. According to the story in The Oregonian the intent is to “enter into long-term land lease agreements with developers and investors once an agreement for a project is reached.”

Jazz club Jimmy Mak’s will be relocating to make way for an 11-14 story residential development at 205 NW 11th Ave, reported the Willamette Week. A Design Advice Request hearing for the SERA-designed project is currently scheduled for March 17th.

Also in the Willamette Week was the news that Sewick’s bar on SE Hawthorne will close on Sunday January 31st. The building at 4917 SE Hawthorne Blvd will be torn down by Urban Development Group to make way for a 46 unit apartment building.

The Portland Chronicle wrote about the pending demolition of a commercial building at 1015 NW 16th Ave, set to be replaced by a 153 unit by WDC Properties. The currently vacant property was home to live music venue Slabtown until it closed in 2014.

The Portland Business Journal interviewed Robert Barton, CFO of American Assets Trust. The company recently completed the GBD Architects designed Hassalo on Eighth development, and is currently working on Oregon Square follow up project.

The Oregonian wrote that Royale Brewing will open a new bar named the Garrison in the Two/Thirds development. The St Johns retail, office, and residential project by Guerrilla Development will also include a second location of The Sudra vegetarian restaurant.

Tech company GuideSpark will lease the entire two floors of office space above the Pine Street Marketaccording to The Portland Business Journal.