Weekly Roundup: Press Blocks, The Woodlark, Hyatt House, and more

Press Blocks

Concept for the full block building at the Press Blocks, by Mithun

The Business Tribune wrote about the Press Blocks, the redevelopment of the former Oregonian Publishing Buildings in Goose Hollow. The project would include two buildings. One building would occupy a full city block and another a half block, and are being designed by Mithun and GBD Architects respectively.

The DJC published photos of the under construction Rivage Apartmentsformerly known as Riverscape Lot 8.

The Oregonian wrote about a Chinese group protesting the decision to hang banners in Chinatown with the name “New Chinatown/Japan Town”.  Though listed on the National Register of Historic Places under that name, it is otherwise rarely used.

The Oregonian reported that “outrage surges” as the deadline to put the $750 million Portland Public Schools bond on the November ballot has passed. If passed on the May ballot, which is much likely, the measure would pay for the rebuilds of Lincoln High SchoolMadison High School and Benson High School. Students at Lincoln High left class to protest the decision not to place the measure on the November ballot.

Portland Architecture interviewed Bora’s Brad Demby about the Cosmopolitan on the Park, the now complete high rise at the north end of the Pearl District.

The Portland Business Journal took a look at The Woodlarkthe new Downtown hotel that will open in 2017. The hotel will combine two buildings: the Woodlark Building, most recently used as an office; the Hotel Cornelius, which has long been vacant.

The Hyatt House at Riverplace is now open, reports the Portland Business Journal. The hotel includes 203 extended-stay rooms.

Weekly Roundup: 12 story wood building, Towne Storage, Zidell Blocks 4 & 6, and more

The proposed 12 story wood building by Beneficial State Bank at 430 NW 10th

The proposed 12 story wood building by Beneficial State Bank at 430 NW 10th

The Oregonian reported that a planned 12 story tall wood building at 430 NW 10th in the Pearl has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The building by Lever Architecture for Beneficial State Bank will utilize Cross Laminated Timber, a structural system that has been proven elsewhere but has been little used in the USA. The USDA grant will help in covering the cost of getting the system approved under the building codes in place in Oregon.

Eater PDX reported that Northwest Portland institution Besaw’s will reopen in time for the holidays, at the LL Hawkins apartment building on Conway Block 296.

At Portland Architecture Brian Libby looked into the fate of Centennial Mills, and asked whether it will be the next historic landmark in Portland to be demolished.

The Portland Business Journal published the first renderings of Zidell Blocks 4 and 6. The two office buildings by Lever Architecture / GBD Architects are scheduled to go before the Design Commission for Design Advice this coming Thursday.

A major renovation and seismic upgrade is planned for the Towne Storage Building. The Portland Business Journal reported that the project will create over 100,000 sq ft of creative office space. A story in the Portland Mercury noted that 52 existing business and 180 renters with mini storage units will be evicted from the building.

A redevelopment of the former Premier Press building at 1440 Hoyt will add 4 new floors to the building, reported the Portland Business Journal. When complete the project will include 75,000 sq ft of Class A office space. A Design Review hearing for the project is scheduled for October 1st.

Mayor Hales is “bullish” on plans to buy the Post Office site in the Pearl, reported KOIN. Conceptual ideas for how the site might be developed were recently released as part of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan.

Construction is underway on the remodel of the building formerly home to The Oregonian, originally designed by noted architect Pietro Belluschi. When reopened 1320 Broadway will include areas with ceilings up to 28′ high, reported The Portland Business Journal.

The Daily Journal of Commerce published construction photos of Riverscape Lot 8.

The Portland Habilitation Center recently completed work on an apartment complex at 17199 SE Division St, reports the Portland Tribune. By keeping costs low, the buildings were built for $65,000 a unit; far below the $200,000 a unit cost typically associated with publicly funded affordable housing. In the article Rob Justus of the PHC asks why the Portland Housing Bureau hasn’t gotten behind their alternative method for delivering affordable housing.

Under Construction: Riverscape Lot 8 (images)

Construction has started on Riverscape Lot 8, a 250-unit apartment complex on the waterfront north of the Fremont Bridge. The project is comprised of two buildings above a parking garage with 200 vehicle spaces. The building closet to the river will be ‘C’ shaped in plan, with a courtyard facing the river. The other building is arranged as a bar facing onto NW Front Ave. The project design is by SERA Architects with Shapiro Didway landscape architects. The developer is Las Vegas based Fore Property Company, who are also behind the adjacent Waterline Apartments.


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Metro Reports: Riverscape Lot 8, former Oregonian building, 1335 NW 20th Ave and more


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

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 3009 NE Killingsworth St:

Proposal for a mixed use building with office/commercial on the grd floor and apartments above. Current plan is for a four story building.

Urban Asset Advisors has requested Early Assistance for a project at 5134 SE Division St:

EA Appointment For Project Construction Of New Wood Three-story 14 Unit Courtyard Style Apartments. Project Will Be Constructed With Two Buildings.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 7805 SE 13th Ave by Lenity Architecture:

Four story mixed use apartment complex with businesses, restaurant and possible parking on the first floor and 30 apartments on the second thru fourth floors.

Deca Architecture has applied for a Historic Resource Review for a project at 637 SE Harrison St:

New two-story 820 sf footprint (total of 1640sq ft) building. Will be office or hotel (retail sales and service).

Allied Works Architecture has applied for a Design Review for the renovation of the Oregonian building at 1320 SW Broadway:

Renovation of existing full block Oregonian building

A building permit is under review for a building at 1335 NW 20th Ave by Ankrom Moisan Architecture:

New 5-story, 49 unit apartment with tucked under parking

The first building permit has been issued for the Riverscape Lot 8 apartments by SERA Architects:

Structural only for new 260 unit multi family building consiting of five stories of wood framed over two levels of concrete, 1 level of sub grade parking. Structural package includes the concrete structure from the mat slab through the level 2 concrete podium

A building permit has been issued for a building at 3620 SE Powell Blvd:

New 2-story 10,375sf office building with initial tenant improvements for upper level dental office