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Construction is underway on Slabtown Savier, a two-building development in NW Portland’s emerging Slabtown neighborhood. The development, designed by SERA Architects for developer Greystar, will include two buildings with 363 market rate apartments. Vehicular parking will be provided via a combination of tuck-under and below grade parking. 399 long term bicycle parking spaces will be provided, split between in-unit spaces and spaces in secured bike rooms.
The development will be located on the western portion of Blocks 261 of 262 of the Con-way Master Plan, bound by NW 20th Ave, NW Thurman St, NW 19th Ave and NW Raleigh St. The site was most recently used as surface parking.
The Con-way Master Plan wass approved in 2012. Changes made to the zoning code since 2012 do not apply to projects developed in the Con-way Master Plan area. As such the development does not need to comply with the city’s Inclusionary Housing ordinance, which came into effect in 2017.
Other buildings in the masterplan that have been completed in the Con-way Masterplan area include the LL Hawkins and Slabtown Marketplace, The Carson, Saltwood and the Leland James. Both the Block 290 and Slabtown Square and Conway Block 291E developments are currently under construction.
Both buildings at Slabtown Savier will be arranged in a L-shaped plan. The 5-story Block 261 to the north will include 149 residential units, while the 7-story Block 262 to the south will include 214 units. The massing of Block 262 steps down at its east side, in order to respond to the historic St. Patrick Catholic Church.
The primary material for the north building will be a red brick, with the south building using a combination of ivory and tan brick. Other materials proposed across the development include fiber cement panels, vinyl windows, aluminum storefront, metal canopies and metal balconies.
Slabtown Savier was approved on December 16th 2021, at its first Design Review hearing. The project had previously been presented to the Design Commission during two optional Design Advice Request meeting. In the conclusion to the Final Findings and Decision by the Design Commission it was found that the project will be “well integrated with the neighborhood”:
The proposed development on Blocks 261 and 262 will be well integrated with the neighborhood with materials and design features that reflect the character of the area including adhering to the partial block scale of development called for in the design guidelines, utilizing brick as a primary building cladding as do many other Con-way buildings, incorporating design details, adding unique open spaces to the eastern end of the two blocks, and significantly stepping down height and eroding massing towards the adjacent landmark. A large number of balconies, porches, patios, and upper-level terraces will activate the public realm and will provide human scale, allow interaction between residents and passers-by, and allow for informal surveillance of the street. The ground floor exterior is defined by extensive glazing, aluminum storefronts, accent wood cladding, steel canopies, exterior lighting, and fine masonry detailing.
A building permit for Slabtown Savier North was issued on November 23rd, 2022. The permit for Slabtown Savier South was issued on December 21st, 2022.