Focus: The 25 Most Popular Posts of 2018

Block 216

The 35-story Block 216 tower was approved in December. Our post about the project’s Design Advice Request was our most popular post of the year.

Happy New Year.

2018 is the fourth full year Next Portland has been in operation and I’m excited to see what 2019 brings. I’m currently on vacation in Scotland, so new posts will continue to be sporadic until I return next week.

Last year was another busy year for the site. Of the course of the year 141 new posts were published, with nearly 900,000 page views.

The year started with the last of the pre-inclusionary zoning (IZ) projects working their way through the design review process. In February it was reported by the Portland Mercury that Portland’s inclusionary zoning mandate was getting lackluster results, with only 12 qualifying building in the pipeline.

By the end of the year Next Portland had posted about a number of large post-IZ developments that have been approved through design review. These include 815 W Burnside, 1715 SW Salmon, Nomad, the ART Tower Block 216, 1935 N Killingsworth and the Pepsi Blocks. The Portland Housing Bureau now estimates that there are 43 projects subject to inclusionary zoning in the pipeline, with 362 affordable units in projects that have permits or are close to permitting.

Despite the uptick in post-IZ proposals, new design review and building permit applications remain down relative to years ago. At the end of the year the Bureau of Development Services was forced to lay off staff for the first time since the recession, citing “quite sobering” forecasts.

Similarly to 2017, many of the most popular posts were published in previous years, a reflection of the fact that the content Next Portland remains relevant for a long time, as buildings move through construction and into occupancy. One post in the top 25 most popular posts was from 2015; seven posts were from 2016; six posts were from 2017; and eleven were published in 2018.

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

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Metro Reports: Pepsi Blocks, Halsey 106, Adidas Campus, and more

Pepsi Blocks

The masterplan for the Pepsi Blocks redevelopment on NE Sandy has been submitted for a Type III Review

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers October 1st to October 7th, 2018. 

Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group for a project South of 2580 SE Ankeny St:

New Multifamily building on the R1 section of the site, in accordance with new RM2 code. This portion of the site is presently zoned R1, soon to be RM2. 12 units are proposed. No parking. Storm water is proposed to be with stormwater planters.

The Pepsi Blocks at 2505 NE Pacific St have been submitted for a Type III Planned Development Bonus Review by Mithun:

The Pepsi Blocks Planned Development project includes the phased demolition of existing Pepsi warehouse buildings, renovation of a mid-century Pepsi warehouse bow-truss structure, the development of five new mixed use market rate and affordable residential and office buildings, th introduction of a shared woonerf street along the formerly vacated Right-of-Way, a new Plaza along Sandy Boulevard and a new Park located in the center of development, and associated underground parking. The phasing schedule envisions entitlements and construction of the first phase immediately following Planned Development approval and will continue with four additional phases. The project will use the Planned Development Bonus for additional height and bonus FAR.

The Halsey 106 development has been submitted for building permit review by Holst Architecture:

6-story, mixed-use development fronting NE Halsey St and the existing Gateway Discovery Park consisting of 40 units of affordable housing and 35 units of market rate housing.

A structural permit for one of the new buildings proposed as part of the Adidas Campus Expansion has been submitted for review by Lever Architecture:

STR 01 – Structural frame for new building including 5 levels of below greade precast construction (parking garage) and 5 stories of above grade precast concrete/mass timber hybrid construction, work includes mat slab founation and site cast concrete cores with stairs. Work also inlcudes MEP work for below grade parking

A building permit has been issued for a project at 14450 NE Glisan St:

New 3 story 3 unit condo building, associated site work included

Design for Halsey 106 Approved (images)

A design review application has been approved for Halsey 106, a new mixed use, mixed income building in the Hazelwood neighborhood. The Holst Architecture-designed building will be located directly adjacent to the recently opened Gateway Discovery Park, and will include 40 units of affordable housing and 35 units of market rate housing. At the ground floor the building will include approximately 10,000 sq ft of retail space, fronting onto NE Halsey St and the new plaza. The building’s owner/developer Human Solutions will occupy 10,000 sq ft of office space at the second floor. 54 vehicular parking spaces and 94 long term bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

Halsey 106 | Holst | Gateway

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Metro Reports: NE 106th & Halsey, 140 SW Columbia, Moxy Hotel, and more

NE 106th & Halsey will include a mix of affordable and market rate housing, adjacent to the new Gateway Discovery Park. Image taken from the presentation to the Design Commission in February 2018.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers May 7th to May 13th, 2018. 

Early Assistance has been requested by Portland Development Group for a project at 2824 NW Upshur St:

Demolish existing house and build a new 5-unit multi-dwelling building.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 1809 NW Davis St:

Redevelopment of the 20,000 sf surface lot across the street and east of the main Trinity Cathedral campus, with the potential of including the 10,000 sf parcel in the SE corner of the same block. The primary purpose is to expand parking capacity for the Trinity Cathedral on Sundays through a shared parking arrangment with a new commerical and/or mixed use development on the site. Both sites have requested a zone change to CM3 through the Map Refinement Project.

Early Assistance has been requested by Ink Built Architecture for a project at 6716 NE Garfield Ave:

Future code: New apartment building. 3 stories with partial basement, 28 units all affordable housing, modular construction. Meeting community design standards. No design district. D-overlay

The redevelopment of Kellogg Middle School at 6909 SE Powell Blvd has been submitted for a Type III Conditional Use Review:

Redevelop the entire Kellogg Middle School site. Demo existing structures and remove the debris. Development of vacant field since the property will then be graded and reseeded in anticipation of the redevelopment of the site in spring 2019. The cleaned site will house a new 105,000 sf school structure, off street parking area and bus loop, recreation field, and a limited service access road. The off-street parking area will contain 34 parking spaces, 2 of which will be handicapped and 2 carpool parking spaces. A free-standing obelisk sign will be located at the corner of SE Powell Blvd and 69th Ave.

A project at NE 106th & Halsey has been submitted for Type III Design Review by Holst Architecture:

Mixed use development fronting SE Halsey and Gateway Discovery Park and includes 40 units of affordable housing and 35 units of market rate housinig. Retail spaces and residential amenity spaces on the ground floor, office space and residential units on the second floor and dwelling units on floors 3-6.

A project at 105 N Killingsworth St has been submitted for Type III Design Review by Kōz Development:

New mixed-use 4-story building with 87 dwelling units, 2400 sq ft of commercial space, associated bike parking and back of house service areas.

A project at 6144 SE Foster Rd has been submitted for building permit review by Merryman Barnes Architects:

Change of occupancy from M and B to R-2 and A-2, S-1 for new tenant to include sleeping beds, commons, kitchen bathrooms, showers, storage; seismic upgrades and exterior site improvements

140 SW Columbia has been submitted for building permit review by GBD Architects:

New 20 story, mixed use residential tower. Tower will span over existing parking entrance. Project will include 348 residential dwelling units, 244 parking spaces and approx 15,000 sf shell commercial space

A project with two buildings at 4242 SE Milwaukie Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story (12) unit apartment building with below grade parking and trash area; associated site work

Construct new 1 story building for new community center and fitness center

A project at NE Alberta and 26th has been submitted for building permit review by Steelhead Architecture:

New 3 story, 11 unit apartment building with retail on main floor, includes associated sitework *** w/ 18-168776-MT ***

A project at 2005 N Rosa Parks Way has been submitted for building permit review by William Wilson Architects:

Construct new 4 story (66) unit apartment building with lower level courtyard, bike storage, and utility; associated site work

A project at 1215 N Alberta St has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new (3) story 14 unit apartment building with bike storage and trash area on level 1; associated site work

The Moxy Hotel at 539 SW 10th Ave been submitted for building permit review:

New 12 story, 197 unit hotel w/ associated sitework (no onsite parking) *** mechanical permit to be separate ***

A building permit was issued to CIDA Architects for a project at 4975 NE 14th Pl:

New 3 story, 15 unit apartment building, includes associated sitework

A structural permit was issued to SERA Architects for the hotel at 619 SW 11th Ave:

STR – New, 15 story hotel – STRUCTURAL AND BELOW GRADE WORK ONLY, Below grade electrical and plumbing work, mat slab foundation system, concrete shear walls and columns and PT concrete decks.

A buiding permit was issued to Skylab Architecture for Block 76 West (previously known as Sideyard) 365 NE Couch St:

New 23,569 sf 5 story mixed use bldg. Primary bldg. Occupancy is mercantile (M) with storage (S) and business (B). Bldg. Will be fully sprinkled and iii-a type of construction. Core and shell construction.

Metro Reports: NE 106th and Halsey, Lincoln High School, Portland River Center, and more

A Pre-Application Conference was scheduled to discuss the Portland River Center

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers January 15th to January 21st, 2018.

Design Advice has been requested by Holst Architecture for a project at NE 106th and Halsey:

DESIGN HEARING – Current Code: Request for a Design Advice for a six story mixed use building including approx. 10,000 SF of ground floor retail, 9,000 SF of second floor office space and 75 apartments units including affordable housing units and 60 surface parking spaces.

Early Assistance has been requested by Köz Development for a project at 105 N Killingsworth St:

Future code: Proposal is for new 91 unit studio apartment building. 4-story, type VA construction. Stormwater will be rylnaged through green roof and discharged to city system.

Early Assistance has been requested by Merryman Barnes Architects for a project at SE 90th & Powell:

Future code: Proposal is to develop the property to accommodate a new +42,000 gsf clinic, a 52 unit senior housing building, and associated (shared) parking and landscaping. The senior housing project will likely be developed by another entity, and the site would be divided in order to allow for separate ownership and include a shared use agreement for the parking. No current plan for stormwater disposal at this time.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 835 SE 162nd Ave:

This site/project isn’t affected by the comp plan/zoning changes taking effect in May 2018.
Construction of six (6) 2-story buildings (townhomes and duplexes) of affordable housing (41 units units). The largest building is 26 apartments with community space and resident services spaces. New access drive with easement to 162nd. Stormwater treated on site with drywells, swales, and/or rain gardens.

Early Assistance has been requested by Waechter Architecture for a project at 5134 N Interstate Ave:

Future code: Proposal is for 60 apartments including afordable units. Amenity and retail space.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled to discuss the Portland River Center on the OMSI campus:

A Pre-Application Conference to discuss construction of the Portland River Center. This facility will be operated by The Portland Boathouse, a non-profit organization. The facility will contain boat storage and staging areas, educational classrooms, a small office, workout spaces with showers and restrooms, and interior and exterior river-viewing areas. The building will have 29,000 square feet of floor area in a two story building and is located partially in the Willamette Greenway Setback.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by BORA Architects to discuss the new Lincoln High School:

Future code info for the rebuild Lincoln High School (demo and replace building). They will need a Type III DZ.

A project at SE 124th & Ash has been submitted for a Type II Adjustment Review by Ankrom Moisan Architects:

100-day review timeline: Construction of new 4-story workforce housing building with 175 units of affordable housing (all units), a community space, courtyard, two offices for support staff and 43 car parking spaces. They will be meeting community design standards. Adjustment requested for Loading Standards Placement, Setback and Landscaping (33.266.310.E).

A project at 5603 SE Milwaukie Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Tahran Architecture & Planning:

New 4 story, 30 unit with attached trash enclosure, includes associated sitework ***separate fire protection***

A project at 4126 NE Garfield Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Fosler Portland Architecture:

New 12 unit 2 story apartment building, includes pre-fab trash enclosure and associated sitework.

A project at 12350 NE Sandy Blvd has been submitted for building permit review:

New one story building for future restaurant (shell only – no interior walls, no concrete slab, no RTUs); includes restriping & upgrades to (E) parking lot & associated site work *** w/ 119 sq ft trash enclosure ***

A project at 4107 SE 28th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New 1 story restaurant on existing parking lot including seating area, kitchen, storage, toilet, trash room, bike parking, ramps and upper and lower deck patio. Infill existing driveway ***no occupancy in this permit***

A building permit was issued to Urban Development Group for a project at 5955 SE Milwaukie Ave (previously 6003 SE Milwaukie Ave):

New 4-story 54 unit apartment complex, trash enclosure within structure and associated site work

A building permit was issued for a project at 1375 N Wygant St (previously 4806 N Maryland Ave):

New construction of 10500sf, 6 unit 3 story w/basement apartment building with new trash/recycling, bike parking, and s-2 storage in basement ***separate mechanical permit required***

Metro Reports: 3403 N Mississippi, NE 106th & Halsey, Neuberger Hall, and more

Construction has started on a project by Holst Architecture at 3403 N Mississippi Ave

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

Design Advice has been requested by DLR Group for a project at 539 SW 10th Ave:

Construct a new hotel with approximately 177 rooms, 11 stories. (Central City, Downtown, West End Plan District – Central City Design District)

Early Assistance has been requested by Holst Architecture for a project at NE 106th & Halsey:

Proposal is for a six story building with 45 affordable housing units, 30 market rate apartments, tuck-under parking, 10,000SF of retail and 10,700SF of office space. Amenities to include community room and green roof deck.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Mainland Northwest to discuss a project at West of 8524 N Crawford St:

Previous EA 15-219376. Proposal to change the zoning, consistent with the Comprehensive Plan Map designation, from EG1 (General Employment 1) and EG2 (General Employment 2) to EXd (Central Employment zone with the Design overlay zone). The applicant states the future development on this 15-acre site could include multi-dwelling residential, neighborhood retail, mixed office-manufacturing uses. The greenway trail will also be developed. This application does not include a specific development plan.

The PSU Neuberger Hall Renovation has been submitted for Type III Design Review by Hacker architects:

Renovation of PSU’s Neuberger Hall, which includes updates and modifications to accessibility, fire and life safety, upgrades to MEP systems, seismic strengthening, program adjustments and facade improvements. One modification requested to Ground Floor Windows (33.130.230, 33.510.220)

The renovations to the Meier & Frank Building have been submitted for Type III Design Review by Bora Architects:

Project is located at former Macy’s department store. Floors 1-5 and basement to be demolished and renovated as creative office space with ground level retail. New restrooms will be added to the office floors to accommodate future office tenant improvement. Basement amenity space including bike storage, fitness and conference space will be provided.Scope includes limited facade renovations to accommodate restored retail entries mid block on SW 5th and SW 6th and a new entry on SW 6th near Morrison. Each entry will include a new canopy. The SW Alder canopy will be reduced in depth per PBOT requirements. The historic facade and SW Morrison canopies will be preserved.

A building permit was issued to Holst Architecture for a project at 3403 N Mississippi Ave:

Excavation and Shoring

A building permit was issued for a project at 5025 N Minnesota Ave:

New 6 unit apartment building with associated site work

Weekly Roundup: Post Office Redevelopment, 419 SW Washington, NE 106th & Halsey and more

Broadway Corridor USPS

Conceptual image of the Post Office Redevelopment, from the 2015 Broadway Corridor Framework Plan

A 30-story tower by ZGF Architects is planned at 419 SW Washington St, according to The Oregonian. The existing building on the site was recently being used as a temporary homeless shelter, and is now vacant.

The first public hearing of the proposed draft of the Central City 2035 Plan was dominated by concerns about building heights in West End and Goose Hollow, according to an article in the DJC*. Meanwhile, Portland Shoupistas argued that proposed changes related to parking in the plan represent a step backwards.

The Oregonian wrote that up to 1,200 more apartments are proposed on the Prometheus Property in South Waterfront.

Kimberly Branam has been picked as the next executive director of the Portland Development Commission, according to The Oregonian. For the past five years Branam has been second-in-command to former executive director Patrick Quinton.

The Portland Business Journal wrote about the 54 organizations that are backing the proposed $258M affordable housing bond.

OPB’s “State of Wonder” discussed Yard, the recently completed Burnside Bridgehead tower that has sharply divided the opinions of Portlanders.

The Oregonian discovered the premium that will be paid by the PDC for a piece of land near the airport, necessary to allow the Post Office Redevelopment to move forward.

After 92 years, the Lotus Cardroom & Cafe will close later this month, according to KATU. The bar will be demolished to make way for the 3rd & Salmon hotel tower.

An affordable housing development at NE 106th & Halsey by Gerding Edlen and Human Solutions has nearby residents worried, according to the Mid-County Memo.

The timeframe for the City and ZRZ Realty to agree on the price of a piece of land at the Zidell Yards has been missed, according to The Oregonian.  Under a development agreement signed last year, the City has the option to buy the property at an agreed price, for the purpose of building affordable housing.

The Willamette Week wrote about 5 MLKthe Burnside Bridgehead high-rise that will replace the 95 year old Fishels Furniture building.

Work has begun on the Union at St Johns, according to the Portland Business Journal. The mixed use building will include 100 apartments as well as 20,000 sq ft of ground-floor retail space.

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Weekly Roundup: Bing Sheldon, Tesla Showroom, NE 106th & Halsey and more

The proposed development at NE 106th & Halsey by Human Solutions, Inc.

The proposed development at NE 106th & Halsey by Human Solutions, Inc.

Bing Sheldon, founder of SERA Architects, passed away at the age of 81. Sheldon was known for his work in historic preservation and for leading the Portland Planning Commission during the 1970s.

A new Tesla Showroom is planned at 4330 SW Macadam, which is the location of one of the gaps in the Willamette Greenway trail. BikePortland reported that the level of development proposed by Tesla will not be enough to trigger zoning code requirements to install the trail. If the trail is not installed as part of the development, it could be decades before the trail is completed.

The Mid County Memo reported that Human Solutions, Inc has won exclusive rights to negotiate with the Portland Development Commission to build an affordable housing development at NE 106th & Halsey. Their proposal would include 40 affordable residential units and a new headquarters for the non-profit, adjacent to the future Gateway Discovery Park. The architects selected for the projects are Holst.

The Portland Tribune looked at the cost of Portland Housing Bureau funded affordable housing. The recently announced Super NOFA projects  have price ranges of $110,000 to $321,000 per unit, which some believe to be too high.

Yet another company has announced that they will move into the recently completed Pearl West office building, reported the Portland Business Journal. Vermont based marketing firm Fuse LLC will base 10 staff in the in the Regus flexible office space.

Weekly Roundup: Goat Blocks, Station Place Lot 5, Multnomah County Courthouse and more

Station Place Lot 5

Station Place Lot 5

The City Council heard the appeal of Preserve the Pearl LLC against the Design Commission’s decision to approve Block 136. Comments for or against the appeal can be sent to until 5pm on April 15th. The Council will deliberate on April 23rd.

The Portland Development Commission board has voted to sell Station Place Lot 5 to Williams & Dame for $7.4 million. The developers plans to build a 204,000 sq ft office building on the vacant Pearl District land.

Grocery store Market of Choice and hardware store Orchard Supply will be the anchor retail tenants for LOCA @ The Goat Blocks, which is now under construction.

According to a post at The Portland Chronicle, demolition has begun on the Spring Market building on SE Hawthorne Blvd. In its place will be the Hawthorne 31 apartments by TVA Architects and VWR Development.

An article in today’s Oregonian covers OMSI’s desire for housing to be allowed on land it owns in the Central Eastside. The City is currently working on a draft of the SE Quadrant Plan, which will guide the zoning for the area for the next 20 years.

The Post Office Redevelopment could be a ‘golden opportunity for bikeway’, says BikePortlandWork on the  Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, which includes in the USPS site, will begin this year.

The Portland Development Commission has issued a Request for Proposals for Riverplace Parcel 3. Working with the Portland Housing Bureau, they hope to create at least 200 affordable homes on the site.

At Portland Architecture Brian Libby asked whether Portland can grow the right way.

A photo gallery at the Daily Journal of Commerce shows the progress on the Park Avenue West tower.

The Portland Development Commission has reissued a Request for Proposals for NE 106th & Halsey. According to the Portland Business Journal, the PDC is willing to “donate the land at no cost or channel up to $3 million in public funding” to secure the kind of development it wants to see.

A due diligence report [PDF] on the Multnomah County Courthouse was presented to the County board. The two sites currently being considered for the new courthouse are at the Hawthorne Bridgehead, and adjacent to the KOIN tower. No fatal flaw was found for either site, and the site at the Hawthorne Bridgehead remains the preferred site.

Weekly roundup: 419 E Burnside, Block 8L and more

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419 E Burnside. The ghosted outlines behind the building represent Block 67 and Block 75.

  • The City Council heard evidence on the rezoning for the Multnomah Athletic Club Block 7 apartments. No vote was taken, and the hearing will be continued on January 8th.
  • The Historic Landmarks Commission approved the design for Block 8L, a new mixed use building in Old Town.
  • The Design Commission discussed the Tess O’Brien Apartments, 419 E Burnside, the Hilton Curio Hotel and the Whidden & Lewis building renovations.
  • A Pre-Application Conference was requested for the Grove Hotel, and the first images were released.
  • The Portland Chronicle posted construction photos of Vallaster Corl’s Lower Burnside Lofts.
  • BikePortland wrote about the upcoming open house and forum for the James Beard Public Market, and how the market could be and opportunity to “improve Portland’s newest and arguably most awkward downtown bridge landing.”
  • The development boom at the Burnside Bridgehead was the subject of another post at BikePortland, which included coverage of Skylab’s Block 67, Works Partnership’s Block 75, Myhre Group’s 419 E Burnside, and Guerrilla Development’s Fair Haired Dumbbell.
  • The Daily Journal of Commerce published photos of GBD Architect’s Block A Apartments under construction in the Lloyd District.
  • The Portland Business Journal wrote that the “Portland Development Commission has issued a call for qualified developers who could pull off a transformative, big-picture project at the corner of Northeast Halsey Street and Northeast 106th Avenue.”
  • Tom Moyer, the developer behind Park Avenue West, was remembered in an editorial in the Oregonian. His legacy is as of “one of the people who helped define Portland’s city center.”