Weekly Roundup: 1177 NE 21st, Block 45, Rothko Pavilion, and more

The under construction building at 1177 NE 21st Ave was designed by Hacker architects for PHK Development

OPB reporting on how Portland Art Museum is adapting plans for the Rothko Pavilion in order to win over critics.

According to the Oregonian the bidder that intended to purchase an Alaska ferry for use as a floating hotel at 2260 NW Front Ave has backed out of the deal.

The Willamette Week reported that Lents will get a new craft beer bar with food carts, in a currently under construction development at 9316 SE Woodstock Blvd.

The Hollywood Star News reported on the construction of a seven-story, 162-unit condominium project at 1177 NE 21st Ave.

The DJC published photos of the self storage building rising at 910 SE 7th Ave.

Prosper Portland, the agency formerly known as the Portland Development Commission, struggles to make money from the property it owns, writes the Oregonian.

Portlanders for Parking Reform wrote about how a project at 1717 SE Tenino St will include less affordable housing but more parking spaces, as a result of city regulations.

The NW Examiner looked at conflicting opinions of Pearl District residents regarding views of the Fremont Bridge that would be blocked by the Fremont Place apartment tower, which is currently going through design review.

The Portland City Council approved financing and transfer of the land for Block 45With all 240 units now planned to be affordable, the building will be city’s largest single building affordable housing development in 50 years.

The Portland Mercury reported on how the Republican tax plan would eliminate eliminate private activity bonds, a tool commonly used to fund affordable housing projects across the country.

The Willamette Week looked at a potential conflict between two of Governor Brown’s priorities, timber towers and clean air.

Metro Reports: St Joseph the Worker, 1505 NE Killingsworth, 1825 NW 23rd, and more

St Joseph the Worker

A building permit was issued to DiLoreto Architecture for work at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church

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.

Early Assistance has been requested by C2K Architecture to discuss a project at NW 24th & Raleigh:

Proposal is for a 3-story wood frame building over a concrete basement serving as resident parking. Total of six units, designed as flats serving a target market of downsizing seniors/retirees.

Early Assistance has been requested by YBA Architects to discuss a project at 1505 NE Killingsworth St:

New 4-story mixed-use building with 30 apartment units and retail lobby on ground floor. No parking is planned.

Early Assistance has been requested by Ideas Collaborative to discuss a project at 8145 SE 6th Ave:

new 150,000 sq. ft. 5 story mixed use development including ground floor mixed use commercial, 100 apartment units and below grade parking 100 spaces. Street vacation for SE Tenino and SE Grand Ave.

Early Assistance has been requested by Scott Edwards Architecture to discuss a project at 4816 SE 92nd Ave:

2500 sq ft 1 story addition to existing educational building, Project includes office space, classrooms and a conference room.

Early Assistance has been requested by Stack Architecture to discuss a project at 1139 SW Gibbs St:

Proposal is to demolish the existing house. Build new 4 unit apartment building; 3 for-rent “townhome” style units facing SW Gibbs. 1 owner-occupied unit on top (2 levels with entry facing SW 12th. Onsite flow-through stormwater planter. PBOT improvements. No affordable housing.

A project at SE 13th and Ankeny has been submitted for building permit review:

New 87 unit, 4 story apartment building. 5 parking spaces, landscaping and utilities

1825 NW 23rd Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Works Progress Architecture:

New 5 story, 64 unit mixed use building with retail in first floor concrete podium. Landscaping, first floor parking and site utilities

A building permit was issued to DiLoreto Architecture for alterations to St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church at 2400 SE 148th Ave:

Partial change of occupancy from A-3 to A-2, additions on east and west elevations of existing church, partial remodel of existing building. Expansion of parking lot, new landscaping and stormwater facilities. New 118 sq ft trash enclosure not reviewed for life safety under this permit.

A building permit was issued for the Redwood Apartments at 1616 NW Everett St (formerly 233 NW 16th Ave):

New 5 story, 50 unit apartment building with groundfloor tenant amenity space, onsite storm water management

A building permit was issued to Mackenzie for a project at 910 SE 7th Ave (formerly 700 SE Belmont St):

New 6 story self-storage building. First floor interior parking

Metro Reports: 1116 SW Washington, 505 NW 14th, NW 21st & Irving, and more

505 NW 14th Ave

505 NW 14th Ave, as presented at its Pre-Application Conference

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.

Early Assistance has been requested by Edge Development for a project at 1329 N Skidmore St:

Development of 2 new market rate apartment buildings with 10-15 units per building. Demo existing building. Propose to meet community design standards.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by ZGF Architects to discuss a project at 1116 SW Washington St:

Pre-application conference to discuss Type III DZ review for new mixed use tower

505 NW 14th Ave has been submitted for Design Review by SERA Architects:

Type III Design Review for a new 280 unit, 16-story building with market rate residential units and ground floor retail. The new building will be “L-shaped” around the Touche Restaurant Building. Underground parking, 222 spaces, will serve the project. This proposal will replace the recently discussed demolition of the Touche Bldg and construction of a 12-story residential building (EA 16-138068) and will replace the recently approved Design Review of the “Meriwether 501” building (LU 15-187119 DZM, AD).

Mackenzie have submitted a project at 700 SE Belmont St for building permit review:

New 6 story self-storage building. First floor interior parking

A building permit was issued to Emerick Architects for the NW 21st & Irving Apartments:

new 4-story mixed use development with commercial ground floor over one level of underground parking. Existing structure will be demolished. (see permit 16-119347 CO)

A building permit was issued for The Fair Haired Dumbbell:

Twin six story heavy timber buildings with pedestrian bridges at each floor . Restaurant (non-insul.) shell space / bike storage first floor. Levels 2-6 office. Das required. Separate permit through fire marshal’s office.

Weekly Roundup: Bridgetown, Fern Grove, Langano Apartments and more


LEVER Architecture’s Framework will be a 12 story tall timber building.

In ‘Death of a Mall Rat‘ the Portland Mercury wrote about the Lloyd Center, which is currently in the middle of a major remodel. As Portland changes, the paper wondered whether the 1960s mall can keep up.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman is proposing a 1% Construction Excise Tax, according to The Oregonian. The City’s ability to impose the tax was made possible by a recent change in Oregon law. The law requires that at least 50% of the revenues from the tax be used for providing affordable housing. Commissioner Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, wishes to see 100% of the tax dedicated to affordable housing.

In a blog post the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis explained that “housing does filter”. New construction that is that the top end of the market eventually becomes much lower priced relative to the overall housing market.

The Portland Tribune reported that a panel of state economists and housing experts told a State legislative committee that a “confluence of factors — including low supply, high demand, obstructive regulations and lacking infrastructure — is driving up housing prices in the state”.

Portland Shoupistas wondered if the City Council will impose “rent-raising minimum requirements in NW PDX?” A proposal to add parking minimums in the Northwest Plan District was recently rejected by the Planning & Sustainability Commission, however NW neighbors are trying convince the City Council to add them back at a July 6th hearing.

The Oregonian wrote about the ‘Portland for Everyone’ housing coalition, which is “calling on Portland leaders to increase density in single-family residential neighborhoods, strengthen renter protections and put a general obligation bond on November’s ballot that would fund affordable housing.”

The Portland Business Journal wrote that the 12 story timber framed tower Framework (pictured above) is moving forward—and with a deeper level of affordability. The 60 units in the mixed use building were originally planned to be offered to people earning less than 80% of area Median Family Income. The units will now be offered to people earning less than 60% area MFI. The building is set to go before the Design Commission on July 7th.

The Oregonian covered a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which found that the hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Oregon rose from $16.61 hourly wage in 2015 to $19.38 in 2016.

The Portland Business Journal reported that the office space at the Park Avenue West tower is now nearly all taken. The residential leasing is proceeding more slowly, with only a quarter of the units taken. In a separate interview with the paper TMT Development president Vanessa Sturgeon states that she’s “just fine” with the pace that units are leasing at.

A post at Planetizen asked if Portland has “lost is way”. The article argues that “Oregon’s poster child for livable planning is embroiled in new controversies over destructive growth, skyrocketing prices, and back-room cronyism.”

The Hollywood Star News reported that construction is about to start on the Bridgetown Apartments at the former Red Fig property in Beaumont Village. The project by Ethos Development and Siteworks Design/Build will include 50 residential units and 6,000 sq ft of retail space.

A 33-unit affordable housing complex in East Portland has opened, according to The Oregonian. The Fern Grove apartments at 14232 E Burnside St are set to be affordable to people earning less than 60% of area Median Family Income.

The retail spaces at the Langano Apartments have been leased, according to Urban Works Real Estate. The ground floor of the SE Hawthorne Blvd building will include Poke Mon, a poke bowl restaurant, as well as an M Realty office and Gallery Nucleus, an art gallery featuring a taproom.

The Cook Street Apartments on N Williams Ave have been sold to Boston-based Berkshire Group, for a undisclosed sum. The LRS Architects-designed building includes 206 residential units.

KGW reported that Exhaust Specialties at 700 SE Belmont St will close after 65 years in operation. Though no permits have been filed for the redevelopment of the site, an Early Assistance application was received by the City in February for a new self-storage facility.

Metro Reports: 3rd & Salmon, Pearl Block 20, Seven Corners Community Collaborative and more

3rd & Taylor

The proposed hotel at SW 3rd & Taylor

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits. We publish the highlights.

Boora Architects have requested Design Advice for Pearl Block 20:

Block 20 is a proposed hi-rise condominium building. One-hundred forty-two units are included in a five floor podium and 20 floor tower.No retail is proposed for this project. All parking is above grade and surrounded by units.

Allusa Architecture have requested Early Assistance for a project at 6805 SE 52nd Ave:

Build two new 3-story apartment buildings with no basement. One structure will be 18 units. The other structure will be 12 units.

Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 4917 SE Hawthorne Blvd:

New 46-unit mixed use apartment building with 2700 sq ft of commercial.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 700 SE Belmont St:

New self-storage facility. Existing structure(s) to be demo’d/removed.

Works Partnership have requested Early Assistance for a project at 224 SE 2nd Ave:

Proposed change of existing warehouse to office use with retail on ground floor. Also a proposed addition to the building of one story penthouse for residential occupancy. See EA 15-216040.

Studio 3 Architecture have submitted a project at 7924 SE Milwaukie Ave for Design Review:

See EA 15-242170 appt and CO 16-100215. New two story four unit apartment structure behind existing single family residence which will remain.

Ankrom Moisan Architects have submitted the hotel portion of the 3rd and Salmon development for Design Review:

Proposal for joint development of boutique hotel with 245 guest rooms and on site fitness center and conference center. Project will include ground floor and rooftop retail space. One modification needed for ground floor window and 1 adjustment needed for number of loading spaces.

Waterleaf Architecture have submitted the Seven Corners Community Collaborative for Historic Resource Review:

Proposed project is a four story commercial building consisting of one story of ground floor retail space and secured parking below three stories of office space.

Mentrum Architecture have submitted a project at 6205 N Minnesota Ave for building permit review:

Construct new 3 story (18 unit) apartment building with partial basement; attached trash enclosure and associated site work

A building permit was issued to Fosler Portland Architecture for a project at 7247 N Leavitt Ave:

New three story, 20 unit apartment complex; on site bike parking and trash enclosure; no onsite parking

A building permit was issued to HC Architecture for The Porter Hotel:

new 16-story, 299 guestroom hotel includes first floor full service restaurant, market cafe; second floor 5,000 sf meeting room with outdoor terrace; rooftop restaurant and covered terrace. One level below grade with shoring includes gym facilities, locker rooms, pool and back of house activities.