The Design Commission has approved the Hyatt Place & Allison Residences, a 23 story tower in the Pearl District. That decision has now been appealed to the City Council by the Pearl Neighbors for Integrity in Design (PNID), a group of nearby residents that is separate from the neighborhood association.
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 160-room Hyatt Place branded hotel. The upper 12 floors would be residential, with 113 apartment units. No vehicular parking is proposed. Bicycle parking spaces are proposed in a basement 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.
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 and a fitness center will be provided in the ground floor mezzanine 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 Hyatt Place & Allison Residences was approved by a unanimous vote of the Design Commission at their January 16th, 2020 hearing. The project had previously been in front of the Design Commission for Design Advice Request meetings in October 2018 and January 2019 and for Design Review hearings in July 2019, November 2019 and January 2020.
In the Final Findings and Decision by the Design Commission city planning staff described how the building meets guidelines related to the public realm:
The proposal features a significant amount of glazing on all façades, particularly along the ground floor of the north façade on NW Flanders Street. The glazing provides views into the ground floor hotel lobby, lounge and café, where the interior space extends an additional floor to highlight the main hotel entrance. Glazing on the west elevation along NW 12th Ave also provides views into the hotel lobby as well as the main residential lobby.
Concrete columns at the property lines on the north and west elevations provide a bay structure and rhythm for the ground floor, while also providing recesses (the ground floor is setback 3-feet from the property line) for planters, furniture, and the proposed café areas to spill onto the sidewalk. The proposed folding glass wall systems on the north elevation provide additional transparency and transition between the building and sidewalk.
Collectively, the large, glazed storefront systems, recessed building walls within the concrete column bays, folding glass wall systems, pedestrian level canopies and pedestrian scaled water features at the corner entrance, are all successful features at the ground level that enhance and contribute to the pedestrian scale of the building. In addition to providing texture to the pedestrian environment, these features also help to accommodate pedestrian connections, viewing, and activation into the building and the pedestrian realm. Lastly, these features provide generous, comfortable, and safe areas that transition from the private development and the adjacent public spaces.
The Design Commission’s approval was subsequently appealed by PNID. Reasons cited for their appeal: the vehicle demand created by the building and the lack of the parking; Restore Oregon’s ongoing appeal of the Central City 2035 code; the intensity of the development, including the building’s height; the loss of the tree at the corner of the site; and the value of preserving the cultural and ethnic diversity of the South Pearl.
A foundation permit for the project is currently under review. City Council is currently scheduled to hear the appeal on June 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm.