Under Construction: Blocks 294E and 295E (images)

This post is an updated version of a post originally published on November 13th 2015.

Construction is underway on Blocks 294E and 295E at the north end of the Northwest District. The buildings by GBD Architects and Jones Architecture respectively, for developer Cairn Pacific, will include 385 residential apartment units and nearly 20,000 sq ft of ground level retail space. An underground garage stretching below both blocks will include 600 car parking spaces. Half of the parking spaces are a replacement for existing XPO Logistics (formerly Con-way) employee parking. Parking for 553 bikes will be provided.

Conway Blocks 294E and 295E

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Focus: 20 new hotels proposed for Portland

When construction activity first started to return to Portland around 2012 it seemed like all that was being built was apartments. While residential still dominates the construction industry, other sectors of the market have started to return. In the last year there has been been a noticeable increase in the number of hotels proposed in Portland. Next Portland counts at least 20 hotels either proposed, going through Design Advice / Design Review, being reviewed for building permits or under construction. Together these represent over 3000 new rooms, a substantial number for a city that had 25,924 rooms in its metro area as of 2014.

It is unlikely that every single hotel on this list will be built; some of the Early Assistance application may represent property owners performing a feasibility study, and there is always the possibility of a downturn in the economy. Even still, it’s clear that Portland is going to have a substantially larger number of hotels in just a couple years. Click through to see the full list, arranged by number of rooms.

1 – Hyatt Regency at the Convention Center

Number of rooms: 600+
Architect: Ankrom Moisan Architects, ESG Architects
Status: Design Advice

Hyatt Hotel at the Oregon Convention Center

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Design Advice offered for the Grove Hotel

The Historic Landmarks Commission has offered Design Advice to for renovation and expansion of the Grove Hotel on W Burnside Street. Since the end of its use as a single room occupancy hotel in 2010 the Portland Development Commission has attempted to developer interested in renovating the building. In May of 2014 a team that includes Naito Development and Eagle Point Hotel Partners was chosen to develop the building as a boutique hotel. The architectural design is by Portland based Surround Architecture with New York based Studio Tack acting as design consultants.


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