Focus: The 25 Most Popular Posts Of 2019

Block 216
For the second year in a row, a post about the Block 216 tower was the most popular post on Next Portland.

2019 was the fifth full year that Next Portland has been in operation. Over the course of the year 145 articles were published.

In contrast to 2017 and 2018, the most popular articles of the year were generally ones published this year. The lone article in the list published before 2018 was about Eleven West, which was approved in 2017 but only recently submitted for permit.

Four of the most popular post were about high rise towers: Block 216; Eleven West, Toyoko Inn; the Hyatt Place and Allison Residences; and the Holden of Pearl. Two posts in the list were about large site master plans, the Broadway Corridor and OMSI Masterplan.

In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

25. 1634 SW Alder St Receives Design Advice (images)
24. Moxy Hotel Approved by Design Commission (images)
23. Design Commission Approves 1715 SW Salmon Mixed Use (images)
22. Modera Morrison Receives Design Advice (images)
21. 3000 SE Powell Receives Design Advice (images)
20. Morningstar at Laurelhurst Returns in Front of Design Commission (images)
19. Lincoln High School Replacement Approved by Design Commission (images)
18. Holden of Pearl Senior Housing Approved (images)
17. Hyatt Place & Allison Residences Goes in Front of Design Commission (images)
16. Pepsi Blocks Phase 1A Approved by Design Commission (images)
15. Dairy Apartments Receive Design Advice (images)
14. Live Nation at Zidell Yards Receives Design Advice (images)
13. PAE Living Building Approved by Landmarks Commission (images)
12. Design Commission Approves 140 SW Columbia St (images)
11. Approval of 5020 Condos Upheld (images)
10. Saltwood Development in the Con-way Masterplan Approved (images)
09. Broadway Corridor Masterplan Receives Design Advice (images)
08. Unbuilt Projects From The First Five Years of Next Portland
07. Holden of Pearl Receives Design Advice (images)
06. OMSI Masterplan Receives Design Advice (images)
05. The Landing at Macadam Receives Design Advice (images)
04. Pepsi Blocks Phase IA Receives Design Advice (images)
03. Toyoko Inn Receives Design Advice (images)
02. Design Commission Approves Eleven West (Images)
01. Design Commission Approves Block 216 Tower (images)

Metro Reports: Meyer Memorial Trust HQ, Moxy Hotel, 4804 SE Woodstock, and more

Moxy Hotel
A building permit has been issued for the 197 room Moxy Hotel, which will be built at SW 10th and Alder.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers February 4th to February 10th, 2019. 

Early Assistance has been requested by Leeb Architects for a project at 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd:

Proposed full block building at SE Woodstock and 48th Avenue consists of 178 apartments on five floors. The building also includes a full basement with parking for 130 automobiles spaces. There is also a 5,000 SF commercial retail space on the Ground Floor. The structure of the building will be comprised of a concrete basement level (parking garage) with five floors of wood frame residential construction above

A project at 7433 N Chicago Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New three story 11 unit apartment building with shared cortyard (see 19115675 CO)

New 12 unit three story apartment building with shared cortyard (see 19-115695 CO)

The Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters at 2045 N Vancouver Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New construction of 3 story office building and associated sitework

A building permit was issued to Opsis Architecture for the Oregon Harbor of Hope at 1111 NW Naito Parkway:

New navigation center to provide short-term shelter and navigation toward social service programs

A building permit was issued for the Moxy Hotel at 585 SW 10th Ave:

New 12 story, 197 unit hotel w/ associated sitework (no onsite parking); ecoroof *** mechanical permit to be separate ***

Focus: The 25 Most Popular Posts of 2018

Block 216

The 35-story Block 216 tower was approved in December. Our post about the project’s Design Advice Request was our most popular post of the year.

Happy New Year.

2018 is the fourth full year Next Portland has been in operation and I’m excited to see what 2019 brings. I’m currently on vacation in Scotland, so new posts will continue to be sporadic until I return next week.

Last year was another busy year for the site. Of the course of the year 141 new posts were published, with nearly 900,000 page views.

The year started with the last of the pre-inclusionary zoning (IZ) projects working their way through the design review process. In February it was reported by the Portland Mercury that Portland’s inclusionary zoning mandate was getting lackluster results, with only 12 qualifying building in the pipeline.

By the end of the year Next Portland had posted about a number of large post-IZ developments that have been approved through design review. These include 815 W Burnside, 1715 SW Salmon, Nomad, the ART Tower Block 216, 1935 N Killingsworth and the Pepsi Blocks. The Portland Housing Bureau now estimates that there are 43 projects subject to inclusionary zoning in the pipeline, with 362 affordable units in projects that have permits or are close to permitting.

Despite the uptick in post-IZ proposals, new design review and building permit applications remain down relative to years ago. At the end of the year the Bureau of Development Services was forced to lay off staff for the first time since the recession, citing “quite sobering” forecasts.

Similarly to 2017, many of the most popular posts were published in previous years, a reflection of the fact that the content Next Portland remains relevant for a long time, as buildings move through construction and into occupancy. One post in the top 25 most popular posts was from 2015; seven posts were from 2016; six posts were from 2017; and eleven were published in 2018.

In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

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Weekly Roundup: Block 216, Neuberger Hall, Garlington Center, and more

Block 216

The Block 216 tower had its first Type III Design Review hearing last Thursday. Cart owners have been told they might need to vacate the 10th & Alder lot as soon as May.

With the surface parking lots currently home to downtown food carts being replaced by developments that include the Moxy Hotel and Block 216advocates have called for a ‘culinary corridor’ along the midtown Park Blocks right of way.

The Southeast Examiner looked at the “phantom laundromat” at 2731 SE Belmont St. A building permit for a 5-story 46 unit apartment building on site is currently ‘approved to issue’, however a demolition permit for the existing structure has expired.

As the first buildings subject to the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance come online, the Daily Journal of Commerce looked at how different developers are complying with the mandate*.

Excess land from MAX construction could become affordable housing, writes the Oregonian.

The Business Tribune looked at the “projects aplenty” at Portland State University, including the Fourth and Montgomery Building and the Neuberger Hall Renovation.

Lonely Planet wrote about the KEX Portland, the “ultra-chic Icelandic hostel” planned at the Burnside Bridgehead.

Portland Monthly wrote about the Garlington Center, which brings health care and housing under one roof.

Fearing rent control, Portland developers are backing Loretta Smith, reports the Oregonian.

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Weekly Roundup: LISAH, Moxy Hotel, Heartline, and more

LISAH Kenton

LISAH (Low Income Single Adult Housing) intends to provide dignified permanent supportive housing at a lower construction cost, using modular construction and shared common spaces.

Happy Labor Day. Because we didn’t do a weekly roundup last week, here are the news articles that caught our eye over the past fortnight.

The Kenton Women’s Village, a tiny home village for homeless women, will have to move by next year. According to the Oregonian Transition Projects has secured the funding for the first phase of LISAH (Low Income Single Adult Housing) , which will comprise of “36 studio and 36 one-bedroom apartments that would rent from $300 to $700 a month.”

Portland Monthly reported on the closure of Nong’s Khao Man Gai original location, to make way for the Moxy Hotel.

Willamette Week reported on Portland’s hotel-building spree, and asking whether visitors can keep up.

QuickFish poke has opened in the Pearl District building Heartlineaccording to Urban Works Real Estate.

The Portland Mercury asked if Portland Inclusionary Housing rule is really hurting developers.

Curbed reported that Oregon “recently approved an addendum to its building code that allows timber structures to be built over six stories without having to acquire special permission”.

Moxy Hotel Approved by Design Commission (images)

The Design Commission has approved a new hotel at SW 10th & Alder. The 12 story hotel, designed by DLR Group for Graves Hospitality, will be operated as a Moxy Hotel, a new brand by Marriott International. The building will rise to a maximum height of 140′-4″, and will include 197 guest rooms. No vehicular parking is proposed.

Moxy Hotel

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Metro Reports: NE 106th & Halsey, 140 SW Columbia, Moxy Hotel, and more

NE 106th & Halsey will include a mix of affordable and market rate housing, adjacent to the new Gateway Discovery Park. Image taken from the presentation to the Design Commission in February 2018.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers May 7th to May 13th, 2018. 

Early Assistance has been requested by Portland Development Group for a project at 2824 NW Upshur St:

Demolish existing house and build a new 5-unit multi-dwelling building.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 1809 NW Davis St:

Redevelopment of the 20,000 sf surface lot across the street and east of the main Trinity Cathedral campus, with the potential of including the 10,000 sf parcel in the SE corner of the same block. The primary purpose is to expand parking capacity for the Trinity Cathedral on Sundays through a shared parking arrangment with a new commerical and/or mixed use development on the site. Both sites have requested a zone change to CM3 through the Map Refinement Project.

Early Assistance has been requested by Ink Built Architecture for a project at 6716 NE Garfield Ave:

Future code: New apartment building. 3 stories with partial basement, 28 units all affordable housing, modular construction. Meeting community design standards. No design district. D-overlay

The redevelopment of Kellogg Middle School at 6909 SE Powell Blvd has been submitted for a Type III Conditional Use Review:

Redevelop the entire Kellogg Middle School site. Demo existing structures and remove the debris. Development of vacant field since the property will then be graded and reseeded in anticipation of the redevelopment of the site in spring 2019. The cleaned site will house a new 105,000 sf school structure, off street parking area and bus loop, recreation field, and a limited service access road. The off-street parking area will contain 34 parking spaces, 2 of which will be handicapped and 2 carpool parking spaces. A free-standing obelisk sign will be located at the corner of SE Powell Blvd and 69th Ave.

A project at NE 106th & Halsey has been submitted for Type III Design Review by Holst Architecture:

Mixed use development fronting SE Halsey and Gateway Discovery Park and includes 40 units of affordable housing and 35 units of market rate housinig. Retail spaces and residential amenity spaces on the ground floor, office space and residential units on the second floor and dwelling units on floors 3-6.

A project at 105 N Killingsworth St has been submitted for Type III Design Review by Kōz Development:

New mixed-use 4-story building with 87 dwelling units, 2400 sq ft of commercial space, associated bike parking and back of house service areas.

A project at 6144 SE Foster Rd has been submitted for building permit review by Merryman Barnes Architects:

Change of occupancy from M and B to R-2 and A-2, S-1 for new tenant to include sleeping beds, commons, kitchen bathrooms, showers, storage; seismic upgrades and exterior site improvements

140 SW Columbia has been submitted for building permit review by GBD Architects:

New 20 story, mixed use residential tower. Tower will span over existing parking entrance. Project will include 348 residential dwelling units, 244 parking spaces and approx 15,000 sf shell commercial space

A project with two buildings at 4242 SE Milwaukie Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story (12) unit apartment building with below grade parking and trash area; associated site work

Construct new 1 story building for new community center and fitness center

A project at NE Alberta and 26th has been submitted for building permit review by Steelhead Architecture:

New 3 story, 11 unit apartment building with retail on main floor, includes associated sitework *** w/ 18-168776-MT ***

A project at 2005 N Rosa Parks Way has been submitted for building permit review by William Wilson Architects:

Construct new 4 story (66) unit apartment building with lower level courtyard, bike storage, and utility; associated site work

A project at 1215 N Alberta St has been submitted for building permit review:

Construct new (3) story 14 unit apartment building with bike storage and trash area on level 1; associated site work

The Moxy Hotel at 539 SW 10th Ave been submitted for building permit review:

New 12 story, 197 unit hotel w/ associated sitework (no onsite parking) *** mechanical permit to be separate ***

A building permit was issued to CIDA Architects for a project at 4975 NE 14th Pl:

New 3 story, 15 unit apartment building, includes associated sitework

A structural permit was issued to SERA Architects for the hotel at 619 SW 11th Ave:

STR – New, 15 story hotel – STRUCTURAL AND BELOW GRADE WORK ONLY, Below grade electrical and plumbing work, mat slab foundation system, concrete shear walls and columns and PT concrete decks.

A buiding permit was issued to Skylab Architecture for Block 76 West (previously known as Sideyard) 365 NE Couch St:

New 23,569 sf 5 story mixed use bldg. Primary bldg. Occupancy is mercantile (M) with storage (S) and business (B). Bldg. Will be fully sprinkled and iii-a type of construction. Core and shell construction.

Weekly Roundup: Food Cart Block, Adidas Campus Expansion, Taylor Works, and more

The Adidas Campus Expansion will include a building at N Delaware and N Sumner, and a relocated vehicular entry from N Greeley Ave

The Oregonian reported on plans to redevelop a site at 936 SW Washington Stcurrently home to Portland’s largest and best known food cart pod—with a 33-story tower, which would include office space, hotel rooms and apartments. The site is currently owned by the Goodman family, who the Daily Journal of Commerce reports have projects aplenty in progress.* Other current developments of theirs include 230 AshEleven West, and the Moxy Hotel.

The Portland Business Journal has the latest information on OMSI‘s ambitious Central Eastside expansion ambitions.

The Willamette Week covered the City’s annual State of Housing in Portland report, which includes some hope for struggling renters.

The Portland Business Journal reported that neighbors are opposing the Adidas Campus Expansion plans in North Portland. The Portland Design Commission has however shown early support for the proposal.

Portland Public Schools has “thrown a curveball” at the Portland Diamond Project‘s plans for an MLB stadium in the Rose Quarter, reports the Willamette Week. The Portland Business Journal reports that the group behind the project isn’t vexed by the proposed bidding process for the site.

The Urban Works Real Estate blog published construction updates on the Taylor Works Building at SE 2nd & Taylor, which is undergoing a major renovation and alteration.

The Business Tribune wrote about Continuum Partners, the developer that has been chosen to lead the Broadway Corridor redevelopment.

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Focus: Our 25 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Vista Pearl

The Block 20 condominium tower, now known as Vista Pearl, was the subject of our most popular post of the year

2017 is the third full year Next Portland has been in operation. Although the onset of Inclusionary Zoning has slowed down the number of new applications submitted, there was a lot to write about in 2017 while the projects submitted in late last year and early this year worked their way through the development review process.

Over the course of the year we published 176 new blog posts, and our development map now has over 1,000 unique projects listed (including completed and cancelled projects). In 2017 Next Portland had over 900,000 page views, a slight increase from the previous year.

Sixteen of the articles that made the top 25 most viewed posts were published this year; seven were published in 2016; and one was published in 2015. Our second most popular article from the 2015 list and fourth most popular article from the 2016 list—about the Goat Blocks—was still the fifteenth most popular article of 2017 despite having been written in December 2014. The 2016 roundup of the tallest buildings planned in 2016 was the third most popular article of the year, and although there wasn’t an equivalent list published in 2017 we hope to write one in early 2018.

So, with that Happy New Year to all. In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

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Weekly Roundup: DeMuro Awards, Heartline, Housing Bond, and more

Mason Erhman Annex / Zellerbach Paper Company Building

The seismic strengthening of the Mason Ehrman building and the concurrent renovation of the annex was given a DeMuro Award by preservation advocacy group Restore Oregon.

Eater Portland reported that Bamboo Sushi sister-restaurant Quickfish Poke Bar will open a second location next year in Heartlinethe Pearl District building formerly known as Block 136.

The Portland Mercury wrote about the Moxy Hotel, the 11 story building which would replace a portion of the 10th & Alder food cart pod.

Regional government Metro is weighing a 2018 bond measure to raise money to build affordable housing, reports the Oregonian.

Restore Oregon announced the winners of its annual DeMuro Awards for excellence in preservation, adaptive reuse, and community revitalization. Projects in Portland that received honors include the Swift Agency Headquartersthe Mason Ehrman Annex and Tower Seismic Strengthening and the Overland Warehouse.

As Portland moves closer to a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for unreinforced masonry buildings, the Portland Mercury reported that affected building owners are asking to be exempted from the city’s mandatory relocation payment law.