The Design Commission has approved two building by GBD Architects on South Waterfront Blocks 42 and 45. The multi-block development will include 519 residential units, in two 7 story buildings. The project is being developed by Cairn Pacific.
Blocks 42 and 45 will be located on vacant land owned by the Prometheus Real Estate Group of San Mateo, CA. The site will be divided into four parcels and two greenway tracts adjacent to the river. SW River Parkway will be extended through the site in the north-south direction. East-west streets SW Abernethy and SW Lowell will be extend from their current terminus at SW Bond to future SW River Parkway.
East of SW River Parkway the street grid will be extended through Blocks 41 and 42 as privately owned accessways, similar to SW Pennoyer St. Public access easements will be required in order to guarantee public access to the river. A separate design review was recently approved for Blocks 41 and 44, which are also being developed by Cairn Pacific.
Block 42 will be located at the northwest corner of the Prometheus property, on the parcel bound by SW Lane, River Parkway, Abernethy and Bond. The building will include 206 residential units. 156 vehicular parking spaces and 310 long term bicycle parking spaces will be provided. Approximately 9,000 sq ft of retail will be provided, oriented to SW Bond St and SW River Parkway. Ground floor walk up units are proposed facing SW Lane St.
The massing of Block 42 is intended to be more granular than is typical for South Waterfront, where every building built to-date has been a full block development. The massing draws conceptual inspiration from stacks of lumber that were once located along the Willamette, such as at the Inman-Poulson Lumber Co.
The primary material for Block 42 will be a light colored brick, laid in either a standard running bond, or in a staggered running bond where every second course is 1-1/2″ proud of the course above or below it. Other materials proposed include glass guardrails, vinyl windows, metal bar rails, aluminum storefront and wood siding.
Block 45 will be located at the southwest corner of the Prometheus property, on the parcel bound by SW Abernethy, River Parkway, Lowell and Bond. The building will include 313 residential units. 200 vehicular parking spaces and 475 long term bicycle parking spaces are proposed. Approximately 5,000 sq ft of retail will be provided, at the at the southeast and southwest corners of the site. A mix of live/work units and walk up apartment units will line the rest of the ground floor.
Block 45 is arranged as three east-west bars, with the massing inspired by historic images of the Kaiser Shipyards that were once located along the Willamette. At the ground level a plaza is proposed between the north bar and the middle bar, allowing for spill out space from the proposed retail units. An elevated courtyard between the middle bar and the south bar is proposed at level 2.
The primary material on the three main bars of Block 45 will be a flashed norman sized red brick, in a running bond. The bridge sections will be clad in a grey green glass reinforced fiber cement panel. Other materials proposed include vinyl windows, aluminum storefront, perforated metal panel and glass guardrails.
Blocks 42 and 45 were approved by the Design Commission on August 31st, following one previous Design Advice Request hearing. Before casting her vote to approve the project, Commission Chair Julie Livingston offered her thoughts on the two buildings:
I would like to echo the comments of other Commissioners, that you have done a great job with everything: from executing the parti all the way through to the smallest details. Both of these buildings are just fantastic additions to South Waterfront.
Building permits will need to be obtained before construction can begin.