Design Commission Approves N Richmond Apartments (images)

The Design Commission has upheld the staff level approval of the N Richmond Apartments at an appeal by the Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association. The project is being by SERA Architects for Mainland Northwest, and will include 96 residential units. 46 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in a partially buried garage.

6620 N Richmond Ave

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Focus: Projects by Neighborhood

There are 95 neighborhoods recognized by Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Next Portland has now written posts about projects happening in 29 of them. In some of these neighborhoods we’ve written 20 or more posts; in almost half of them we’ve only written about one project. To a certain extent this reflects where development is happening: there are a number of cranes up in the Pearl for construction of high rises, while other neighborhoods don’t have a single pin on our map. It is also however a reflection of the fact that in the Central City Design Review is required for all projects; in other neighborhoods such as Northwest or Boise developers can choose between Design Review or the prescriptive Community Design Standards; while in other neighborhoods such as Richmond or Sunnyside projects never go through Design Review. As such there are sometimes no published images of large new buildings, even once they are under construction.

Over the past month we’ve added categories to all of our in depth posts. To see which neighborhoods we’ve written about the most, read on.


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MODS Willamette (images)

A building permit is under review for MODS Willamette, a two story residential building at 8332 N Willamette Blvd in the Cathedral Park neighborhood. The project by Works Partnership will utilize pre-fabricated modules, arranged to create six residential units, of one or two bedrooms each. Proposed exterior materials include board-formed concrete, vertically-oriented cedar tongue-and-groove siding, two shades of Swiss Pearl cement composite panels, and fiberglass windows. Vertically-oriented wood slat screens are used to create enclosed porches at the ground and second floors. Steel planters are proposed in the required 3′ side setback, and will be planted with native grasses and sedges.

No off street car parking is proposed. A bicycle storage area will be provided in the basement.


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