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 SERA Architects for a project at 1715 NW Couch St:
New six story residential project with one level of below grade parking. Project will be 160,000 GSF above grade with 200 units. FAR is 4:1.
Design Advice has been requested by TVA Architects for a project at 1650 NW Naito Parkway:
new 17 story apartment building. 270 residential units are proposed. The first floor will have both residential and parking. There are 192 underground parking spaces. The access for the parking would be from NW Naito. One loading space is proposed. The property will be divided to create a 79,700 square foot site for this development.
Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group to discuss changes to a project at 2548 SE Ankeny St:
Proposal for a new apartment building of 96 units to replace CO 16-198732, no parking.
Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group to discuss changes to a project at 316 NE 28th Ave:
Proposal is to build a new apartment building to replace CO 16-196951 for 119 units and no parking.
Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group to discuss changes to a project at 2789 NE Halsey St:
Proposal is for a new apartment building of 53 units no parking which would replace CO 16-178394.
Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 3612 SE 82nd Ave:
Project consists of an approx. 8500 SF, single story new core and shell building for up to nine restaurant tenants on property that was previously used as a restaurant. The existing unoccupied building may be demolished. Site work will consist of selective demolition, new infrastructure and parking lot repairs to 15 food carts, seating areas, and required parking.
The rebuild of the Portland Building has been submitted for Type III Historic Resource Review by DLR Group:
Full renovation of an existing 15-story office building including seismic upgrade and replacement of MEP systems. Proposed exterior renovation includes replacement of all existing facade finishes and glazing systems. New building cladding system will sit outboard of the existing building face. Two areas of the existing covered loggia on the first floor are being enclosed and added to the interior building area. No additional impervious surfaceor roof area is being added. This is a historic building.
An excavation and shoring permit was issued the Collective on 4th at 325 SW Harrison St:
partial – site clearing and demolitoin, tree removal, excavation, shoring and erosion control.
Interesting that those three Urban Development Group replacement proposals all substantially increase the number of units compared to the original 2016 proposals, and also remove parking,
77 units -> 96 units
74 units -> 119 units
30 units -> 53 units
This is after they had similar EAs for two buildings in Sellwood. It looks promising for Inclusionary Housing.
What incentive is at play?
At this point, parking requirements are eliminated if 15% Affordable Housing is included, and the newly introduced maximum FAR (for all uses, not just Commercial) in CS goes from 3:1 to 4:1 if AH is included.(Table 130-3).
In approx. Jan 2018 when the Comp Plan is approved by the state, the CM-2 zone that most CS sites will be mapped as, will have a 2.5:1 to 4:1 jump with 20% AH inclusion, plus, the maximum height goes from 45′ to 55′ if AH is included. (plus other newly available height bonuses). The parking exemption for AH continues.
I hope someone corrects me if I missed something here!
This is at the same time that Northwest Portland is in a parking nightmare….. No parking, and tons of cars looking for it, They said taking away the parking requirement would make the housing more affordable, but it hasn’t seemed to have that effect. Meanwhile, full steam ahead with not requiring parking!
Yes, the Northwest Parking nightmare is coming soon to an East side neighborhood near you.