A proposed 23 story tower in the Pearl District has gone in front of the Design Commission for its first Design Review hearing. The project is being developed by Vibrant Cities in partnership with the Sunray Group, with design by Otak. The lower 11 floors of the 249′ tall building would be occupied by a 170-room Hyatt Place branded hotel. The upper 12 floors would be residential, with 110 apartment units. No vehicular parking is proposed. 174 long-term bicycle parking spaces are proposed in a mezzanine level bike room.
The building will be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing or the payment of a fee-in-lieu.
The project site is a quarter block at NW 12th & Flanders, currently used as surface parking. A large silver maple tree is currently growing at the corner of the site. The site is on the same block as the Oakwood Pearl (originally known as the Janey).
Exterior materials include ribbed and flat metal paneling, aluminum windows, glass guardrails, steel canopies, formed concrete piers and aluminum storefronts. Balconies would project out from the building at the upper residential floors.
A fitness center and double-height lounge and amenity space for the residential units is proposed at level 22. The lounge will open out onto a south facing roof terrace.
The hotel lobby and and lounge will be accessed from the corner of NW 12th and Flanders. The hotel will also have a bar/cafe area at the ground floor. Conference rooms will be provided in the single basement level.
A separate lobby for the residential units will be accessed from NW 12th Ave.
On NW 12th Ave a water feature is proposed, in response to the city’s River District Design Guidelines.
The project had previously been in front of the Design Commission for Design Advice Request meetings in October 2018 and January 2019. A Staff Report, published before the July 18th hearing, did not yet recommend approval. Issues raised in the Staff Report included the design of the water feature; the relationship of the ground level to the rest of the tower; and the design of the top of the tower at the north and west elevations.
A substantial amount of written and oral testimony in opposition to the proposal was received from members of the Pearl Neighbors for Integrity in Design (PNID), a “group of concerned residents and businesses in the Pearl District”. Concerns raised by PNID in a press release include the lack of on-site parking and the potential for the project to create congestion along the future NW Flanders Bikeway. Comments were also received from the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, who argued that the tower required more sculpting; that the base needs a “stronger, simpler and more consistent articulation”; and that the facade needed to be made more coherent.
The Hyatt Place & the Allison Residences is currently scheduled to return in front of the Design Commission for a second hearing on September 19th, 2019.