Holden of Pearl Receives Design Advice (images)

Design Advice has been offered on the Holden of Pearl, a proposed senior living facility being designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects for Alliance Realty Partners. The 16-story building would include 241 residential and group living units, with 149 parking stalls in a below grade parking garage.

Holden of Pearl

The Holden of Pearl site is a vacant full block at the north end of the Pearl, on the site of the former Hoyt Street Railway yards. The current owner, Hoyt Street Properties, intends to sell the land to Alliance Realty Partners.

The site is bound by NW Quimby, NW 13th, future NW Raleigh and future NW 12th Ave. The two future streets would be built as private streets with pedestrian easements, as allowed by the 1989 Hoyt Street Yards Central City Masterplan and 1999 amendments.

The north end of the Pearl has grown rapidly in recent years, with a large number of recently completed or under construction buildings, including Block 17, The NV, Vista Pearl, Modera Pearl, Broadstone Reveal, the Abigail and Vibrant!.

Holden of Pearl

Holden of Pearl

Holden of Pearl

The main building lobby and vehicular drop off for the Holden of Pearl would be placed on the NW Raleigh private street. Two small commercial units, accessed from a raised loading dock, would be located at the corner of NW 13th Ave & Quimby St. Memory care units, which are required by the state to be at the ground floor, will be located along NW Quimby St and NW 12th Ave. An enclosed memory care courtyard would face south onto NW Quimby St.

Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the building’s podium would include assisted living units and associated indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. The building’s tower, which rises from levels 5 to 16, would be home to the independent living units and amenity spaces.

Holden of Pearl

Holden of Pearl

Holden of Pearl

The Holden of Pearl went before the Design Commission for its first Design Advice Request meeting on December 13th, 2018. As outlined in a summary memo, Commission discussion topics included: whether the tower mass should be oriented to the typically lower rise NW 13th Ave, or instead to NW 12th Ave; the design and location of the port-cochere drop off on NW Raleigh; the proposed width of the NW 12th Ave extension; and the ground floor programming and design along NW Quimby St.

The Holden of Pearl is currently scheduled to return in front of the Design Commission for a second voluntary Design Advice Request meeting on February 7th.


17 thoughts on “Holden of Pearl Receives Design Advice (images)

  1. Even for seniors, we’re forcing them to walk in the street with cars on 13th, or climb stairs onto the vestigal loading dock. While the “loading dock street” may have made sense when there were actual loading docks, and it was cute to say these were “Industrial woonerfs”, that conceit is hard to maintain when you’re building new buildings a quarter mile beyond these first docks. While some may be comfortable walking down the middle of the street in traffic, many are not. And PBOT is continuing this policy on SE 2nd. Either get the cars out of the ROW entirely, or require sidewalks.

    • Here here!! I hate walking in the street. These streets are wide, too, so it’s not like they couldn’t include proper sidewalks. Heaven help you if you’re in a wheelchair. Between the traffic and often cars parked on the side, it can be treacherous. Not everyone can manage those stairs, and if it’s supposed to be a building for seniors, ADA compliance is pretty much a requirement!

  2. Unlike the other new buildings, which are not above bridge height, this one will block the view of the bridge up 14th, 13th and 12th avenues and from the buildings as well. How sad that instead of being a landmark of the Pearl, the Fremont Bridge will no longer be seen from most of it.

    • I just clicked through the google street view and can only assume you mean views from private residences in neighboring buildings? At street level this building does not block any grand vistas of the bridge.

  3. Oh, good. Yes, it will block the view from the condos on 14th and I assume others. I love that bridge and already lost half the bridge and Mt. St. Helens to an ugly towet

    • The view from your condo building is blocked by a newer building? That’s just how a city grows. You don’t get to own your view just cause you got to the Pearl first! Lol

  4. Wow, never knew that! How interesting. That must be communicated to the people who don’t want Portland to block out nature and look like NYC, my home.
    There are many ways to grow a city and many writings on it, even by psychologists. And lately, in Portland, by those who look out on the mostly dark, uninhabited, luxury towers while others live on the streets.
    But builders gotta build and make money. I. e. there is more to livability issues. BTW, I chose to move to the Pearl recently because of that and because I did not want to be part of gentrification that displaced people (another issue).

  5. Good advice, Alex, but as I said above, the issue is more than just my flip remark about my own likes. It is one for the city planners, but they seem to be in the pocket of the developers. (BTW, those blocks were the ones the canoe traveled on during the rains last year. Maybe that’s why they mostly have affordable housing.)

    • Who exactly is this building displacing? Or most building in the Pearl District? You do know these are just former rail yards and a sprinkling of warehouses? Same with South Waterfront. Displacing brown fields and storage garages?

      I just don’t get some people’s thinking!

    • The City is in the pocket of Developers? Like all the non-profit affordable housing developers and all the for profit one’s who must include affordable units? Reach, Bridge, NOAH, Human Solutions, Hacienda?

      Who will stand up for the tenant’s who got to the empty lots first and love their views over the brown fields?

  6. I agree, Rob, which, as I said, is why I moved here instead of NE, but I meet people with that objection all the time.
    My objections are that the luxury towers are half empty while people sleep on the streets for wont of affordable housing and that the area seems to be below the flood zone. Lets hope they have done their homework and that isn’t a problem.
    When i spoke with a Holt rep a year or two ago, they said that the bank wouldn’t give them a loan to build there because the area is overbuilt. Who’s advantage is it to drive up the rents in Portland?

    • Over building on previously vacant land drives rents down and does not displace anyone. They start by offering concessions to get renters into units, then they lower the rents when that doesn’t fill them. Too much supply relative to demand.

  7. This was sarcasm “Who will stand up for the tenant’s who got to the empty lots first and love their views over the brown fields?” Nobody should defend “I got mine, who cares about yours”.

  8. There is no senior housing in the Pearl right now. This exciting new building will be the first, adding diversity to the mix of housing in the neighborhood. The sixteen story tower will change the view for some, but that is the nature of living in a growing city. I applaud whoever is building this senior center.

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