This week Next Portland had its fifth birthday. Since November 2014 we have published over a thousand posts, many of which are about projects that are now complete or under construction. Today, we wanted to look back at some of the unbuilt projects we’ve written about over the years.Read More
The Design Commission has approved the Block 290 development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by LRS Architects and PLACE Studio for Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new publicly accessible square, surrounded by a mixed use building of four to seven stories in height. The project will will include 201 residential units over ground floor retail. 120 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a below grade garage.
An initial design review hearing has been held for the Block 290 development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by LRS Architects and PLACE Studio for Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new publicly accessible square, surrounded by a mixed use building of four to seven stories in height. The project will will include 201 residential units over ground floor retail. 107 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a below grade garage.
The Portland Timbers released images of the Providence Park Expansion , which the Portland Mercury noted is “influenced by the iconic near-vertical stands at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires and the Shakespearean Globe Theater in London.”
The Business Tribune wrote about the Design Commission’s 2017 State of the City Design Report.
As the Portland City Council approved tax breaks for seven new buildings, in exchange for affordable housing, The Oregonian reported that Commissioner Nick Fish questioned whether the proposals go far enough. The exemptions were granted for Con-way Block 290, 2216 NW Pettygrove St, SW Park and Columbia, SW 3rd & Ash, The Atomic Orchard Lofts at 2520 NE Sandy Blvd, Old Town Chinatown Block 33, and Woody Guthrie Place at 5728 SE 91st Ave.
BikePortland reported that amid stiff opposition, the city council ordinance required for the Portland Art Museum’s Rothko Pavilion was placed on hold.
The Portland Tribune reported on an error by Portland Public Schools that resulted in the award of a design contract for the Madison High School Modernization to a firm that scored lower in the evaluation process.
Last December the Portland Housing Bureau delivered its second annual State of Housing Report to the City Council. The report noted the many challenges facing Portland, including that in 2016 “data indicates that housing affordability in Portland in the last year has gotten worse, an issue that is disproportionately impacting low-income residents, Communities of Color, seniors, and individuals with disabilities”. Nonetheless, the report also looked at what the Bureau is doing to address these issues, including: gaining voter-approval of a $258 million Affordable Housing Bond; passage of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance; increasing urban renewal funding dedicated to affordable rental housing; and dedicating short-term rental revenue tax to affordable rental housing.
The report listed nearly 1,900 affordable housing units in the production pipeline, split between 33 developments. Next Portland is re-publishing the entire list, along with images and information about the architect / developer where we have it.
Some buildings on the list are exclusively reserved for lower income people, while others include a mix of market rate units and subsidized affordable units. Figures for levels of affordability, expressed as number of units reserved for individuals or families at a percentage of Area Median Income (AMI), are taken from the Housing Bureau Report. Buildings that include market units are only receiving city funding towards the affordable units. Note that this list does not contain any buildings which will be required to provide affordable housing as part of the newly passed Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (which came into effect this month); any future projects funded through the voter approved affordable housing bond; any developments that are funded without the help of the Portland Housing Bureau; or any developments that have been allocated funding since the publication of the report late last year.
As Portland gets ready to implement Inclusionary Zoning for the first time, the DJC reported* on the discussions being held by the Inclusionary Housing Panel of Experts. The panel is working to “recommend a set [of regulations] that provides affordable housing without discouraging development.”
OPB reported that the Portland City Council voted to refer a $258 million bond measure for affordable housing to the voters in November. If approved, the measure would create 1,300 housing units, at a cost of $75 a year in taxes for the typical homeowner.
Portland Shoupistas asked if the Portland City Council suppressed the supply of housing in 2013 when in many areas of the city it added minimum parking requirements for buildings with more than 30 units. This Wednesday the City Council will consider zoning changes related to parking in Northwest Portland. Members of the NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee are likely to request that the City Council extend the minimum parking requirements into the Northwest District.
A historic synagogue at 3225 SW Barbur Blvd could be threatened by new development, according to the Willamette Week. The distinctive dome of Ahavath Achim was designed by noted mid-century architect John Storrs. A recent Early Assistance application was received by the City for a 30-unit apartment complex on the site.
The Northwest Examiner reported [PDF] that Guardian Real Estate Services is placing the Slabtown Square at Con-way Block 290 on hold as it reconsiders its options for the site. The project was scheduled to go before the Design Commission on May 19th, but was rescheduled to a date “TBD”. The paper also revealed that XPO Logistics, who bought Con-way last year, are “looking to sell the seven remaining unclaimed acres in the [Con-way] Masterplan area to a national developer.”
The Business Tribune wrote about 1510 NE Multnomah, the 677 unit development by Holst Architecture, planned for the parking lot of the Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX. The project had its first Design Review hearing on June 30th.
The Portland City Council voted to approve a policy that will make closing sidewalks and bike lanes a “last resort” during construction projects.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Broadway Tower, according to the Portland Business Journal. The Portland Chronicle covered the demolition of the Oregonians Credit Union building, which was formerly located on the site.
The City has fired the contractor that was developing ITAP, the new permitting software for the Bureau of Development Services. Despite spending $3.9 million on the project to date, the software is years behind schedule and nowhere near complete.
Next City asked if National Treasure designation will save Veterans Memorial Coliseum?
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Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits. We publish the highlights.
Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 2761 NE Halsey St :
New 3-story apartment building with 29 one- and two-bedroom units.
Brett Schulz Architect has requested Early Assistance for a project at 5209 SE 18th Ave:
￼￼Proposal to demolish existing SFR’s, consolidate lots, and build new 6-story apt building with ground floor parking
Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 6003 SE Milwaukie Ave:
Proposed 4 story apartment building with underground parking and basement.
SERA Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project at 1732 NW Quimby St:
A 6-story market rate apartment building with approximately 115 units and basement parking.
YBA Architects have submitted Con-way Block 290 for Design Review:
Project is for a six story mixed-use multifamily structure located within the NW master plan. 105 parking spaces will be provided for the residents in a below-grade parking level accessed via ramp at NW Pettygrove.
FFA Architecture have submitted a project at 915 NW 21st Ave for building permit review:
New 4 story mixed use building, (2) ground floor retail spaces and (31) parking spaces, 27 apartment units on floors 2-4.
The Oregonian reported that the City could own the Post Office site in the Pearl by 2019, with a first phase of development taking place in 2021. A preferred vision for the site was identified this week as part of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan.
The NW Examiner reported [PDF] on continued disagreements over the public square at Conway Block 290. Some community members are advocating for an enclosed square modeled after European squares, while others are worried such a form will inevitably feel private.
Eater PDX published photos of bar Paydirt, now open in The Zipper.
Design Advice has been offered to YBA Architects and PLACE Studio for Conway Block 290, a mixed use development at NW 21st and Pettygrove. The project by Guardian Real Estate Services will include a new square surrounded by four to six story buildings. These will have residential units over ground floor retail, with a subterranean performing arts center. Car parking will be provided in a below grade garage.
Every week, the Bureau of Development services publishes lists of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.
SRG Partnership and ZGF Architects have requested Design Advice for two new buildings in South Waterfront, including the OHSU Center for Health & Healing II:
Design Advice Request for new ambulatory care facility on Block 29 and new mixed-use structure on Block 28.
SRG Partnership have also requested Design Advice for the OHSU Schnitzer Campus Building III at 2730 SW Moody Ave:
Project is new research building for Knight Cancer Research Institute.
YBA Architects have requested Design Advice for Conway Block 290:
Mixed use develpoment 7 stroy building with retail/comercial on the 1st story & underground parking
Leeb Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project on North Harbour Lot 2:
3 lots total. 2 development areas to create one 4 story and one 5 story apartments with podium parking first floor
A demolition permit was issued for the PNCA Goodman Building, which is set to be redeveloped as Block 136:
Demolition of single story concrete warehouse with no basement. Slab will be left on site.Seperate permit for demo of sprinkler system to be obtained from the Fire Marshal’s Office. JET
A building permit is under review for a new building by Solterra Systems at 2422 SE 9th Ave:
New 34,000 sf, 5 story building with b, s, f, and a occupancies; ground floor retail; interior bike parking; lower level parking; ecoroof and elevator
A building permit is under review for the New Seasons University Park at 6300 N Lombard St:
Shell only; construction of new 26,500 sf building; associated site improvements and parking, landscaping and utilities
A building permit was issued for a project at 8211 N Montana Ave:
New 6 unit building, 3 story, 2 units on each floor, flat lot, complex
A building permit was issued to SERA Architects for the Market Street Apartments at 1115 SW Market St:
54,000 SF, 6 story apartment building (5/1)
A building permit was issued for the rebuild of the NE Weidler Taco Bell:
New construction of a taco bell restaurant on same property as existing taco bell that will be demolished