Weekly Roundup: N Williams and Knott, OMSI Masterplan, Fair-Haired Dumbbell, and more

OMSI Masterplan

The OMSI Masterplan by Snøhetta and Mayer/Reed recently went in front of the Design Commission

The DJC reported that development at N Williams and Knott will wait a little longer* as a Prosper Portland oversight committee scrutinizes plans for the property.

Portland Architecture reported on the winners at the 2017 AIA Portland Architecture Awards. Projects in Portland that received prizes included the Japanese Garden Expansion and Pearl West.

The OMSI Masterplan could involve re-aligning SE Water Avenue and adding a two-way cycle track, according to BikePortland.

City Observatory noted that “‘For Rent’ signs are popping up all over Portland, signaling an easing of the housing crunch and foretelling falling rents.”

“With its wildly colorful artist-painted exterior, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell gives Portland a reason to smile,” according to an article in the Business Tribune.

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Weekly Roundup: Sandy Blvd, Sky3, St Francis Park Apartments, and more

St Francis Park Apartments

The recently completed St Francis Park Apartments.

With a potential large development planned at the Pepsi bottling facility at 2505 NE Pacific, the DJC asked if it is Sandy Boulevard’s moment?*

The Willamette Week reported that “one of the largest and most popular food cart pods in Portland”, located at 2880 SE Division St, is closing to become apartments.

The Portland Tribune looked at the push by homeless advocates to ensure affordable housing developments include Permanent Supportive Housing units, such as those at the recently completed St Francis Park Apartments.

According to the Oregonian, Amazon will be opening a pickup location near PSU in the ground floor of the recently completed Sky3 tower.

The Willamette Week reported that critics are blasting a “plan to divert money earmarked for the black community to help a health care giant” at N Williams and Knott.

According to the Portland Business Journal “no fewer than 27 hotels have either opened since 2015 or are under construction or planned for the metro region”. The paper published a gallery of the some of the hotel projects that are adding thousands of rooms to Portland.

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Weekly Roundup: N Williams and Knott, Convention Center Hotel, Providence Park, and more

Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center

The DJC wrote about how after decades of broken promises, Prosper Portland and Emanuel Hospital announced plans to redevelop a site at N Williams and Knott. According to the paper the project is “likely to include some use by Legacy Health, along with a mix of affordable housing, retail and possibly office space.”

After almost 30 years of plans, ground finally broke on the Convention Center Hotel, writes the Portland Business Journal.

In a cover story about how Portland is changing, the Willamette Week looked at 7 places where this city could soon go big.

The Design Commission last week approved the Providence Park Expansionaccording to the Oregonian.

City Observatory looked at how luxury housing becomes affordable, with historic examples in Portland.

With very few new projects submitted to-date under the city’s new inclusionary zoning ordinance, BikePortland looked at Urban Development Group’s plans to swap parking for affordable housing at 2548 SE Ankeny St, 316 NE 28th Ave and 2789 NE Halsey St.

The Portland Tribune reported on slips in the schedule for two city initiatives designed to tackle housing affordability: adoption of the Residential Infill Project, which is now delayed until late 2018; and spending of the voter approved affordable housing bond.