The Design Commission has upheld the staff level approval of the 5020 Condos, an affordable housing development on N Interstate Ave. The 6-story building, designed by Carleton Hart Architecture, will include 64 family sized units, ground floor commercial space and 14 parking stalls in a tuck under garage. 74 long term bicycle parking spaces will be provided.
The project is being developed in collaboration between Proud Ground and Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. 2- and 3-bedroom units will be offered for sale at prices between $121,000 – $274,500, and kept permanently affordable through a community land trust.
The project site is a 20,000 sq ft parcel on N Interstate Ave, between N Alberta St and N Webster St. The site was purchased by the Portland Housing Bureau in 2016. Three existing low rise commercial buildings on the site were demolished in 2018.
The primary material for the building will be ribbed metal panel. Light colored brick in a stack bond pattern will be used at the ground level. Other materials proposed include dark brown vinyl windows, aluminum storefronts, cast in place concrete planters and steel railings.
The 5020 were approved by Bureau of Development Services on May 3rd, 2019. The approval was subsequently appealed by the Overlook Neighborhood Association, who objected to an adjustment to reduce the amount of required ground floor active use space from the required 25% to 19.5%. The decision was also appealed by the applicants, over conditions of approval that were added by city staff.
At their June 27th meeting the Design Commission voted 3-2 to deny the appeal of the Overlook Neighborhood Association and partially grant the appeal of the applicant. A revised condition added to the Final Findings, Conclusions And Decision Of The Design Commission will required that a street facing bike storage room will be converted to active use, and that at least 23% of the ground floor area be in active use as defined by the zoning code.
Building permits will need to be obtained before construction can begin.