The Oregonian reported on Portland Art Museum’s multimillion-dollar expansion. The Rothko Pavilion will connect the museum’s two existing buildings, which are currently only joined below ground. Places Over Time took a look at Vinci Hamp Architects’ design for the structure.
The Business Tribune wrote about a request by the Northwest District Association to downzone parts of the Alphabet Historic District, which would reduce the amount of housing that could be built in the area. According to the paper it would “kill” plans to build a 160-unit project at 1727 NW Hoyt St, which “would provide 60 years of affordability for seniors making $15,000 or less.”
The DJC wrote about plans by Oregon Democrats to “introduce a package of legislation next year to lift a ban on rent control and provide new protections to tenants facing eviction.” *
The Portland Business Journal wrote about the developers lining “up to back Portland’s affordable housing measure“.
Despite not having an approved design, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Multnomah County Central Courthouse, reported the Business Tribune. The building is scheduled to go in front of the Historic Landmarks Commission for approval on October 24th.
Venerable Properties has released details of what will replace Der Rheinlander at 5035 NE Sandy Blvd. A new “multi-specialty health care center” owned by The Portland Clinic will be built on the site, according to the Portland Business Journal.
The Central Eastside’s newest coworking space has opened in Slate, reported the Portland Business Journal. CENTRL Office will occupy 22,000 sq ft of space across two floors of the Burnside Bridgehead building.
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I think the pedestrian connection, along the lines of Madison St., that continues through between the two Art Museum buildings, to the Streetcar stop on 10th, and crosses 10th, cuts through the next block to 11th, is a good thing. Meets a Central City Design Guideline.
The Art Museum, in constructing their sculpture plaza, blocked off most of this nice urban space with a glass wall, but left the pedestrian connection through there. They also fumed, we see, at having to send their patrons underground. (Of course they could have just made the ticket good at both buildings, letting them cross the plaza and re-enter)
We should have seen, in retrospect, that this was just the first step in an attempt to take over completely the plaza and Madison St. promenade, and block them for their own use.