News Roundup: Modera Woodstock, Mamook Tokatee, a Note From the Publisher, and more

The 5-story Modera Woodstock will include 194 unit apartment units and ground floor retail.

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 Portland wrote a guide to the “killer carts” at the new food cart pod Collective Oregon Eateries.

Mill Creek Residential has purchased the city block that was formerly home to the Joinery for $5.5 million($). The sale clears the way for construction of the Modera Woodstock, reports the Portland Business Journal.

The developer of Block 216, which will include the Ritz Carlton hotel and residences, is seeking new investors in the project($), reports The Oregonian. The Portland Business Journal previously reported on why developer Walter Bowen believes things are looking good for a 2023 opening($). Separately, the City Council approved funding to move the food carts that were displaced by the construction of the tower to a new location at SW Ankeny and Park, on the future Green Loop.

Plans for the adaptive reuse of the former aircraft parts factory at 3300 NE Broadway are moving forward, writes Building on History.

“Five years in the making”, Argyle Gardens (formerly LISAH) is a “departure for affordable housing in Portland“, write Portland Monthly.

Las Adelitas, a $58 million, 142-unit affordable housing project named for Mexican revolutionaries of the 1910s, “will be the largest ever public investment in the Cully neighborhood“, reports the Portland Tribune.

Building on History wrote about new life at Olds/Rhodes/Galleria/Target.

News Roundup: PDX T-Core, Williams & Russell, Multnomah County Behavioral Health Resource Center, and more

The Multnomah County Behavioral Health Resource Center will include a new enclosed courtyard at SW Oak and Park, on a site currently used for surface parking.

The Daily Journal of Commerce reported 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.

Portland Architecture spoke to ZGF’s Sharron van der Meulen and Gene Sandoval about the PDX T-Core project, which will transform the central portion of the airport.

With Macy’s closing, Building on History wondered about what’s next for the Lloyd Center?

Portland Architecture visited 5 MLK to see the crossroads, terraces and transparency.

Willamette Week reported on how a year and a half after construction started on Block 216, displacing numerous food carts, the City still hasn’t give a new food cart pod permission to operate.

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News Roundup: Northbound 30 Collaborative, Gilkey International Middle School, ART Tower, and more

The Northbound 30 Collaborative will include eight five-story mass-timber apartment buildings, with a total of 144 units over the entire site.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about the “variations on a theme“* planned by Waechter Architecture and Jones Architecture for the Northbound 30 Collaborative at 2123 NW 30th Ave.

Hotelier and former Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is selling a parcel land at 320 NE Lloyd Blvd, reports the Oregonian. The property was acquired from Metro in 2016 as part of settlement to legal action related to the Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center. A proposal in 2018 to build a music venue, commercial space and a 14-story residential tower on the site never moved forward.

Portland plans to readopt the Central City 2035 Plan—which is not currently in effect—with the same building heights in the New Chinatown / Japantown Historic District, writes Building on History.

Portland Architecture spoke to Dietrich Wieland and Rich Mitchell of Mackenzie, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary for the architecture, engineering and design firm.

Metropolis wrote about how Hacker Architects put the French American International School on the path to net zero carbon with its new Gilkey International Middle School building.

Portland Monthly wrote about three large projects that are reshaping Portland neighborhoods: the Pepsi Blocks, Block 216 and the ART Tower.

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Weekly Roundup: Scott Edwards HQ, PSU Science Building One, Nesika Illahee, and more

Architecture firm Scott Edwards will expand its existing headquarters on East Burnside.

Local tech entrepreneurs Christine and David Vernier have given Portland State University $4.5 million to support a major renovation of Science Building One, reports the Oregonian.

The Portland City Council was given an update on the Broadway Corridor last week. The Portland Business Journal wrote about the Healthy Communities Coalition’s efforts to ensure social benefits, including wage standards and diversity. The Oregonian reported that Portland Parks and Recreation will soon develop the block in front of PNCA, as a first step in the extension of the North Park Blocks.

OPB wrote about Nesika Illahee, a first of its kind affordable housing development for Native Americans that opened last week.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about architecture firm Scott Edwards’ plan to expand its headquarters* at 2525 E Burnside St so that it can fit all of its staff in one location.

Apple plans to take space ($) in the recently completed 7 Southeast Stark, reports the Portland Business Journal.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that Portland officials to need better justification for allowing 200′ tall buildings in parts the Chinatown-Japantown historic district, reports the Oregonian.

Hotels near the Block 216 construction site are handing out earplugs to their guests, reports Willamette Week.

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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)

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.