Block 290 & Slabtown Square Approved by Design Commission (images)

The Design Commission has approved the Block 290 development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by LRS Architects and PLACE Studio for Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new publicly accessible square, surrounded by a mixed use building of four to seven stories in height. The project will will include 201 residential units over ground floor retail. 120 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a below grade garage.

Conway Block 290 and Slabtown Square

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Block 290 & Slabtown Square Reviewed by Design Commission (images)

An initial design review hearing has been held for the Block 290 development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by LRS Architects and PLACE Studio for Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new publicly accessible square, surrounded by a mixed use building of four to seven stories in height. The project will will include 201 residential units over ground floor retail. 107 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a below grade garage.

Conway Block 290

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Landmarks Commission offers advice on Old Town Chinatown Block 33 (images)

A mixed use development on Old Town Chinatown Block 33 has gone before the Historic Landmarks Commission to receive Design Advice. The project by William Kaven Architecture for developer Guardian Real Estate Services would include retail, residential and offices uses, over three levels of below grade parking. The ground floor of the building would be almost entirely retail, while the four stories above it would be occupied by office space. The top five floors would include approximately 167 apartments units, with a mix of affordable and market rate units.

Old Town Chinatown Block 33

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Focus: 33 Affordable Housing Developments Planned for Portland (images)

St Francis Park Apartments

The St Francis Park Apartments, currently under construction in the Central Eastside.

Last December the Portland Housing Bureau delivered its second annual State of Housing Report to the City Council. The report noted the many challenges facing Portland, including that in 2016 “data indicates that housing affordability in Portland in the last year has gotten worse, an issue that is disproportionately impacting low-income residents, Communities of Color, seniors, and individuals with disabilities”. Nonetheless, the report also looked at what the Bureau is doing to address these issues, including: gaining voter-approval of a $258 million Affordable Housing Bond; passage of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance; increasing urban renewal funding dedicated to affordable rental housing; and dedicating short-term rental revenue tax to affordable rental housing.

The report listed nearly 1,900 affordable housing units in the production pipeline, split between 33 developments. Next Portland is re-publishing the entire list, along with images and information about the architect / developer where we have it.

Some buildings on the list are exclusively reserved for lower income people, while others include a mix of market rate units and subsidized affordable units. Figures for levels of affordability, expressed as number of units reserved for individuals or families at a percentage of Area Median Income (AMI), are taken from the Housing Bureau Report. Buildings that include market units are only receiving city funding towards the affordable units. Note that this list does not contain any buildings which will be required to provide affordable housing as part of the newly passed Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (which came into effect this month); any future projects funded through the voter approved affordable housing bond; any developments that are funded without the help of the Portland Housing Bureau; or any developments that have been allocated funding since the publication of the report late last year.

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Weekly Roundup: Ahavath Achim, Block 290, 1510 NE Multnomah, and more

Con-way Block 290

Image from the Design Review submission for the Slabtown Square at Con-way Block 290, by YBA Architects

As Portland gets ready to implement Inclusionary Zoning for the first time, the DJC reported* on the discussions being held by the Inclusionary Housing Panel of Experts. The panel is working to “recommend a set [of regulations] that provides affordable housing without discouraging development.”

OPB reported that the Portland City Council voted to refer a $258 million bond measure for affordable housing to the voters in November. If approved, the measure would create 1,300 housing units, at a cost of $75 a year in taxes for the typical homeowner.

Portland Shoupistas asked if the Portland City Council suppressed the supply of housing in 2013 when in many areas of the city it added minimum parking requirements for buildings with more than 30 units. This Wednesday the City Council will consider zoning changes related to parking in Northwest Portland. Members of the NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee are likely to request that the City Council extend the minimum parking requirements into the Northwest District.

A historic synagogue at 3225 SW Barbur Blvd could be threatened by new development, according to the Willamette Week. The distinctive dome of Ahavath Achim was designed by noted mid-century architect John Storrs. A recent Early Assistance application was received by the City for a 30-unit apartment complex on the site.

The Northwest Examiner reported [PDF] that Guardian Real Estate Services is placing the Slabtown Square at Con-way Block 290 on hold as it reconsiders its options for the site. The project was scheduled to go before the Design Commission on May 19th, but was rescheduled to a date “TBD”. The paper also revealed that XPO Logistics, who bought Con-way last year, are “looking to sell the seven remaining unclaimed acres in the [Con-way] Masterplan area to a national developer.”

The Business Tribune wrote about 1510 NE Multnomahthe 677 unit development by Holst Architecture, planned for the parking lot of the Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX. The project had its first Design Review hearing on June 30th.

The Portland City Council voted to approve a policy that will make closing sidewalks and bike lanes a “last resort” during construction projects.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Broadway Tower, according to the Portland Business Journal. The Portland Chronicle covered the demolition of the Oregonians Credit Union building, which was formerly located on the site.

The City has fired the contractor that was developing ITAP, the new permitting software for the Bureau of Development Services. Despite spending $3.9 million on the project to date, the software is years behind schedule and nowhere near complete.

Next City asked if National Treasure designation will save Veterans Memorial Coliseum?

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Skylab presents skywalk to Design Commission (images)

Skylab Architecture have presented a proposal to the Design Commission for a skywalk which would link the Yard tower at the Burnside Bridgehead to the proposed Sideyard building. The under construction Yard tower by Key Development and Guardian Real Estate Services will include 276 residential apartment units and 19,709 sq ft of retail/office space. Sideyard by Key Development is currently going through Design Review, and is planned to include 21,151 sq ft of retail and office space.

Yard-Sideyard Skywalk

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Under Construction in John’s Landing: Oxbow 49 (images)

The Oxbow 49 Apartments are under construction in John’s Landing. The project by GBD Architects for developer Guardian Real Estate Services will include 166 apartments, with a mix one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom apartments. With an average unit size of 800 sq ft, the building will offer larger units than many other buildings currently under construction in inner Portland. 142 car parking spaces will be provided in a parking garage located partially below grade. Bike storage will be provided on every floor of the building.

Oxbow 49 apartments

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Permit issued for Miracles Central, an affordable housing project planned for the Lloyd District (images)

A building permit has been issued to Carleton Hart Architecture for Miracles Central, a 47 unit affordable housing building planned for the Lloyd District. The proposed building will offer long term housing for low income adults wishing to live in an alcohol and drug-free building. The project is being developed by the Miracles Club and Central City Concern, in collaboration with Guardian Real Estate Services.

Miracles Central

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Design Advice offered for Conway Block 290 (images)

Design Advice has been offered to YBA Architects and PLACE Studio for Conway Block 290, a mixed use development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new square surrounded by four to six story buildings. These will have residential units over ground floor retail, with a subterranean performing arts center. Car parking will be provided in a below grade garage.

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Burnside Bridgehead, Pt II: Block 67 (Images)

This post is the second in a series on the developments at the Burnside Bridgehead. See also Part I about Block 75.

Block 67, a 21 story tower designed by Skylab in partnership with LRS Architects, is under construction at the east end of the Burnside Bridge. The building is composed of a 5 story podium with a 16 story tower over it. The tower is a parallelogram in plan, set at an angle diagonal to the street grid, giving it a knife-edge appearance in the NW/SE axis. The tower will include 276 residential apartment units, while the podium includes room for 200 car parking spaces and 19,709 sq ft of retail/office space. 416 bicycle parking spaces will be included in the podium and in individual units.

The developers behind the project are Hood River based Key Development and Portland based Guardian Real Estate Services. A  Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption was approved [PDF] by the Portland Housing Bureau, which will allow the developers to offer 20% of the apartments at rents affordable to people making 60% or lower of median family income, for at least 10 years.

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