First, a quick note from the publisher. I’ve had a few emails / comments lately asking if the site is still being maintained. The answer is yes, but also that my professional and personal lives are a lot busier than they were when I started this blog back in 2014, and I longer have as much time to devote to the site as I’d like. I also had to deal with the site being hacked recently, which thankfully seems to be fixed now. With that said, I do hope catch up on some of the backlog of post that I’ve meaning to publish.Anyway, on to a roundup of (relatively) recent news stories about development in Portland.
Mamook Tokatee is rising from former bakery parking lot in Cully, writes the Hollywood Star News. The affordable housing development is a collaboration between NAYA, Community Development Partners and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.
Eater Portlandwrote a guide to the “killer carts” at the new food cart pod Collective Oregon Eateries.
The Daily Journal of Commercereported on the approval* of the Multnomah County Behavioral Health Resource Center, which will transform an existing building into a modern health center focused on providing services to people experiencing homelessness.
The Portland Mercury covered wrote about the city is mulling an “imperfect solution to city’s racist displacement projects.” Extending the life of the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area would give the city more money for building affordable housing, including at Williams & Russell, where mostly Black families were displaced for an expansion of the Emanuel Hospital that never happened.
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.
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.
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.