Weekly Roundup: Lents Town Center, Dean River Apartments, Laurelwood Center, and more

Prosper Portland is moving forward with a second phase of development in Lents Tower Center.

The Oregonian reported that the developers of the Block 216 tower are betting on achieving record prices, with $1,350 to $1,900 per square foot condominiums units and hotel rooms at an average rate of $450 a night.

Prosper Portland is moving forward with a second phase of development in Lents Tower Center, reports the Oregonian. Blocks D & E at SE 92nd Ave will include 244 units of multifamily rental housing; the adjacent Block F will be offered to the Portland Housing Bureau for affordable housing; and the Bakery Blocks site at 5716 SE 92nd Ave will include new commercial space and a public plaza, with the retention of Zoiglhaus Brewing.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about developments along the MAX Orange Line*, including the under-construction Dean River Apartments at 3255 SE 17th Ave, and proposed projects at 4245 SE Milwaukie and SE 8th & Division.

KGW looked inside the Laurelwood Center at 6144 SE Foster Rd. The shelter has 120 beds, which will be allocated mostly to women and couples.

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Weekly Roundup: Eleven West, Providence Park Expansion, PAE Living Building, and more

Eleven West
A single-asset Opportunity Zone fund will be used to finance the Eleven West tower and the PAE Living Building. The 24 story Eleven West tower was approved in 2017, but has yet to break ground.

The Daily Journal of Commerce looked at the use to-date of Opportunity Zone funds in Portland. Projects being financed under the provisions of the 2017 tax law include Block 216, Eleven West and the PAE Living Building.

Civil Eats asked whether Portland’s development boom will leave room for its food carts.

The Portland Tribune wrote about how the recently completed Providence Park Expansion is delivering a great experience for fans of the Timbers.

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Weekly Roundup: Broadway Corridor, Holden of Pearl, Hyatt Place, and more

Broadway Corridor
The redevelopment of the former USPS Processing and Distribution Center in the Pearl could include up to 4 million square feet of new commercial, employment, and residential development.

Issues around the Green Loop still lingered at a second Design Advice Request meeting* for the Broadway Corridor, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce.

KGW reported on the concerns of Pearl District neighbors around the Hyatt Place and Allison Residences at NW 12th and Flanders. The 23-story tower had its first Type III Design Review hearing last week.

A groundbreaking ceremony was conducted for 1715 SW Salmon, reports Multifamily News. The project will be the first building developed by Greystar in Portland.

The Business Tribune wrote about the first Design Review hearing for the Holden of Pearl, a proposed senior housing development at NW 13th & Quimby.

The latest proposal for the relocation of the 10th & Alder food carts is for 30 carts to relocate to Ankeny Square at SW Park and Ankeny, according to the Oregonian. The carts lost their former home to make way for the Block 216 tower. A previous plan would have seen them moved to the North Park Blocks.

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Weekly Roundup: HB 2001, 10th & Alder Carts, Portland Design Commission, and more

Block 216
The 10th & Alder food cart pod closed over the weekend, in advance of construction of Block 216. The 35-story tower will include a food hall along its entire SW 9th Ave frontage.

Oregon’s first-in-the-nation middle housing bill passed on Sunday, after initially crashing up against the fallout from the Republican walkout. HB 2001 legalizes duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes in the residential zones of cities across the state.

LEVER Architecture project director Chandra Robinson has been appointed to the Design Commission*, writes the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Sunday was the last day for the 10th & Alder food carts, which are moving to make way for Block 216. Eater Portland collected people’s reflections on what was Oregon’s largest food cart pod. An anonymous donation covered the cost of towing, writes the Portland Business Journal.

Friends of the Green Loop Moving Forward With Culinary Corridor (images)

A concept sketch for the Culinary Corridor

A private/public partnership, led by the Friends of the Green Loop, is moving forward with the ‘Culinary Corridor’, a concept for how to accommodate food carts in the right-of-way. An initial trial will see carts from the 10th & Alder pod placed in the North Park Blocks this summer.

The 10th & Alder pod is one of Portland’s oldest, largest and most popular food cart pods. The pod will close at the end of the month to make way for the Block 216 development. The pod has 40 vendors that employ between 200 and 300 people. A significant number of the owners and employees are people of color, and many of them are immigrants.

As surface parking lots redevelop an alternative model is needed for siting food carts in downtown. In the long term Friends of the Green Loop hope to establish a Culinary Corridor along the Midtown Park Blocks, between Director Park and Ankeny Square on SW 9th Ave. 

Planning for this concept is proceeding, however there are enough details left to be resolved that carts will not be able to move to SW 9th by the end-of-month deadline.

The Culinary Corridor team studied placing carts on O’Bryant Square, however the structural condition of the underground parking garage prevents this from happening in the needed timeframe.

In the immediate term the City of Portland has agreed to allow around 37 carts to relocate to the North Parks Blocks, between W Burnside and NW Davis. Three layouts have been developed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, with Option 1 currently favored. The carts would remain on the North Park Blocks until the end of their season, in October. Work on the Culinary Corridor concept will proceed in parallel, so that at the end of the season there will be a more permanent place for the carts to go. 

The Friends of the Green Loop are currently accepting donations at GoFundMe, to help cover the costs of towing and providing electrical service to the North Park Blocks.


Weekly Roundup: HB 2001, Block 216, Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, and more

OHSU Elks Children's Eye Clinic
Construction is proceeding rapidly at the OHSU Elks Children’s Eye Clinic on Marquam Hill.

The Portland Business Journal reported that the 251 hotel rooms at Block 216 will become the Pacific Northwest’s first Ritz-Carlton hotel. The hotel operator will also manage the 138 condominium units in the tower.

Portland officials have a plan to save the carts currently located at the 10th & Alder lot, reports the Oregonian. The carts would move to the North Park Blocks on a temporary basis while a longer term solution is sought.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about how the steel framing system being employed at the OHSU Elks Children’s Eye Clinic is saving the hospital time and money.

Oregon’s “landmark measure” to legalize duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes throughout the state is one step closer to passage, writes OPB. HB 2001 passed the state House of Representatives with a 43-16 vote. The Willamette Week reported that in the lead up to the vote Portland Public Schools had lobbied in support of the bill, on the basis of creating diversity within neighborhood housing.

Portland’s affordable housing bond is off to strong start, according to a City Auditor report, but risks not serving veterans and seniors as promised.

Weekly Roundup: OMSI Masterplan, Lloyd Center, Jefferson Station, and more

The OMSI masterplan envisions realigning SE Water Avenue to run along the perimeter of the site.

As much as 2 million square feet of development in the Central Eastside is proposed as part of the OMSI Masterplan, reports the Oregonian—the equivalent of two U.S. Bancorp Towers. The masterplan went in front of the Design Commission for its first Design Advice Request meeting last week.

The Broadway Corridor Masterplan also had its first Design Advice Request meeting. Commissioners praised “the change it would bring to the area but [took] issue with the intended use of the city’s Green Loop,”* according to the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The Business Tribune published an interview with outgoing Lloyd Center manager Bob Dye. Work is set to start soon on the Lloyd West Anchor Remodel, which will include a Live Nation venue. The center recently presented revised plans for the Lloyd East Anchor Remodel to the Design Commission.

The Willamette Week reported that the cost of building new schools and affordable housing could rise under the Portland Clean Energy Fund, due the fact that large construction companies are being classified as “retail businesses.”

The Business Tribune spoke to 10 food carts about their plans for where they will go after construction starts on Block 216. The Oregonian wrote about 10 carts that turned downtown Portland’s biggest food cart pod into a tourist destination.

A Portland preservationist, and former chair of the Historic Landmarks Commission, wants the Jefferson Station building removed from the National Register of Historic Places, reports the Oregonian. The shell of the historic building is being incorporated into the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse.

The Business Tribune wrote about Opsis Architecture at 20.

Multnomah County hopes to create an alternative to jail or the emergency room for mentally ill homeless people at the recently purchased 333 SW Park Ave building, writes the Oregonian.

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Metro Reports: Block 216, Fernhill Crossing, SE 2nd and Ash, and more

Fernhill Crossing on NE 42nd Ave will include 19 units, including the single family house already located on the site.

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 March 25th to March 31st, 2019.

Design Advice has been requested by SERA Architects for a project at 1634 SW Alder St:

Development of a seven-story mixed use building with approximately 218 units and ground floor retail. Approximately 13 structured parking spaces are proposed with access from SW Alder Street. Two on-site loading spaces are also proposed.

Early Assistance has been requested for the Benson High School Modernization:

Modernization of the existing Benson Polytechnic High School (BPHS), a new 100,000 sf school and potential parking structure on the site of the current 1.5 acre BPHS parking lot, and ADA access improvements to Buckman Fields Park.

Early Assistance has been requested by GBD Architects for a project at SE 2nd and Ash:

The proposed project is a 92,385 sf building (with 60,000 sf of industrial office, 5,000 sf of traditional office, ground floor retail and structured parking). The building has a day lit basement level and first floor of concrete with 5 levels of Type IV-C heavy timber above. Stormwater will be collected on the roof of the building and treated in flow through stormwater planters on the third level.

Early Assistance has been requested by William Kaven Architecture for a project at 2923 and 2933 SE Division St:

One three-story 19 unit building at 2923 and one four-story 18-19 unit building at 2933. Both with ground floor retail. Drywells or storm planters proposed in rear setback.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 3228 SW Sunset Blvd:

Convert a section of parking lot (one of two options) – approximately 1/2 acre to multi-plex affordable housing. They could possibly want to sell off that portion of land first, with a condition that the purchaser needs to agree to build affordable housing.

Early Assistance has been requested by Works Progress Architecture for a project at 1006 SE Grand Ave:

Project to include renovation of existing building and construction of a new multi-family on parking lot portion, land division is likely – with a shared access to parking with the existing curb cuts on SE Grand

An excavation and shoring permit is under review for Block 216:

Block 216 – EXC 01 – Shoring and Excavation work to prepare for future 35 story mixed use building with 5 floors of below grade parking

A building permit was issued to Merryman Barnes Architects for the Morrison Market at 722 SE 10th Ave:

Addition for (N) A-2 mezzanine with office and storage; TI for new tenant (indoor foos cart pod); change of occupancy from S3 to A2; add new interior walls to create (2) multi-stall restrooms, (5) food pods, bar area on first floor; seismic upgrade

A building permit was issued for a project at 1515 N Rosa Parks Way:

New 3-story, 14 unit mixed use building, ground floor retail space, associated site work***w/17-191400-mt

Building permits were issued for Fernhill Crossing at 6442 NE 42nd Ave:

New construction 1 of 4 multifamily residential building with 4 units and associated site improvements including detached trash enclosure under 120 sf **mech permit to be obtained separately**

New construction 2 of 4 multifamily residential building with 8 units. **mechanical permit to be obtained separately**

New construction 3 of 4 multifamily residential building with 4 units. **mechanical permit to be obtained separately**

A building permit was issued for a project at 6191 SE Powell Blvd:

Construct new 3 story self storage building with office and parking loading area in NE corner of the building; associated site work

Weekly Roundup: 1715 NW 17th, Culinary Corridor, Weatherly Building, and more

The former Premier Gear & Machine Works building is being converted to creative office space by LRS Architects and Sturgeon Development Partners.

With the pending construction of Block 216 set to displace the 10th and Alder food carts, the city is studying the possibilities for a ‘Culinary Corridor’*, writes the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The Portland Business Journal wrote about how an old gear and machine works factory at 1715 NW 17th Ave will become some of Portland’s newest creative office space.

The Oregonian wrote about the 12-story tower proposed adjacent to the Weatherly Building.

The proposal to re-legalize duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes throughout Oregon could be undermined by existing private deeds that prohibit anything other than single family homes, writes the Oregonian.

Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senate President Peter Courtney, would require cities to allow dense development along major transit routes, writes the Oregonian. Portland would be required to allow up to 75 units per acre with a quarter mile of frequent transit, and up to 45 units per acre within a half mile.

Property magnate Greg Goodman objects to Multnomah County’s proposed $4.3 million purchase of a building at 333 SW Park Ave, according to the Willamette Week.

BikePortland asked whether the Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-5 Rose Quarter plan is compatible with the Albina Vision. In the Business Tribune architecture critic Brian Libby argued for making the vision a reality.

The Portland Business Journal reported that Andrea Durbin, executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council, is set to be the new director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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Design Commission Approves Block 216 Tower (images)

The Design Commission approved Block 216, a 35-story mixed use building designed by GBD Architects and PLACE landscape architects. The project will include retail, office, hotel, and residential condominium uses, with a 342 stall underground parking garage. The project is being developed by BPM Real Estate Group.

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