Weekly Roundup: Press Blocks, The Woodlark, Hyatt House, and more

Press Blocks

Concept for the full block building at the Press Blocks, by Mithun

The Business Tribune wrote about the Press Blocks, the redevelopment of the former Oregonian Publishing Buildings in Goose Hollow. The project would include two buildings. One building would occupy a full city block and another a half block, and are being designed by Mithun and GBD Architects respectively.

The DJC published photos of the under construction Rivage Apartmentsformerly known as Riverscape Lot 8.

The Oregonian wrote about a Chinese group protesting the decision to hang banners in Chinatown with the name “New Chinatown/Japan Town”.  Though listed on the National Register of Historic Places under that name, it is otherwise rarely used.

The Oregonian reported that “outrage surges” as the deadline to put the $750 million Portland Public Schools bond on the November ballot has passed. If passed on the May ballot, which is much likely, the measure would pay for the rebuilds of Lincoln High SchoolMadison High School and Benson High School. Students at Lincoln High left class to protest the decision not to place the measure on the November ballot.

Portland Architecture interviewed Bora’s Brad Demby about the Cosmopolitan on the Park, the now complete high rise at the north end of the Pearl District.

The Portland Business Journal took a look at The Woodlarkthe new Downtown hotel that will open in 2017. The hotel will combine two buildings: the Woodlark Building, most recently used as an office; the Hotel Cornelius, which has long been vacant.

The Hyatt House at Riverplace is now open, reports the Portland Business Journal. The hotel includes 203 extended-stay rooms.

Focus: 20 new hotels proposed for Portland

When construction activity first started to return to Portland around 2012 it seemed like all that was being built was apartments. While residential still dominates the construction industry, other sectors of the market have started to return. In the last year there has been been a noticeable increase in the number of hotels proposed in Portland. Next Portland counts at least 20 hotels either proposed, going through Design Advice / Design Review, being reviewed for building permits or under construction. Together these represent over 3000 new rooms, a substantial number for a city that had 25,924 rooms in its metro area as of 2014.

It is unlikely that every single hotel on this list will be built; some of the Early Assistance application may represent property owners performing a feasibility study, and there is always the possibility of a downturn in the economy. Even still, it’s clear that Portland is going to have a substantially larger number of hotels in just a couple years. Click through to see the full list, arranged by number of rooms.

1 – Hyatt Regency at the Convention Center

Number of rooms: 600+
Architect: Ankrom Moisan Architects, ESG Architects
Status: Design Advice

Hyatt Hotel at the Oregon Convention Center

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Weekly Roundup: Riverplace Hyatt House, Hotel Eastlund and more

Melvin Mark's 2&Taylor, now home to Jama Software

Melvin Mark’s 2&Taylor, now home to Jama Software

  • The Oregonian published the first images of the 14 story tower planned by developer John Carroll for 535 NW 11th Ave. It would occupy a quarter of a block, and contain 98 apartment units.
  • The Portland Business Journal had a look at Jama Software’s new headquarters inside 2&Taylor. The building was formerly the Yamhill Marketplace, and has been extensively remodeled by Hennebery Eddy Architects and Melvin Mark Development.
  • Williams & Dame held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday for the Riverplace Hyatt House, attended by Charlie Hales and Homer Williams.
  • Restauranteur David Machado will open two new restaurants this spring at the Hotel Eastlund. Altabira will be a “beer-focused American restaurant” located on the roof of the hotel, while Citizen Baker will be a ground-floor bakery and cafe.
  • The Oregonian reported on the various buildings proposed for the Zidell Yards, which include a 113,000 square feet, five stories high office building; a 246,000-square-foot five story office building at 3121 SW Moody Ave; and a six or seven story apartment building at 3201 SW Moody Ave.
  • In ‘Learning for the Future‘ Places over Time looked at the proposed PSU School of Business Administration.

Under construction at Riverplace: Hyatt House (images)

A new hotel is under construction at SW River Parkway & Moody. The 6 story, 203 bedroom Riverplace Hyatt House will be the first Hyatt branded hotel in Downtown Portland. (The 600 bedroom Convention Center Hotel is planned for the Lloyd District, and will operated as a Hyatt Regency). Valet parking for 44 cars is planned in an above grade parking garage. The project design is by SERA Architects for developer Williams & Dame.

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Metro Reports: Hyatt House, apartments in St Johns, townhouses in Richmond and more

915 SE Belmont, as proposed in 2013

915 SE Belmont, as proposed in 2013

Every week, the Bureau of Development services publishes lists of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.

Developer UDG have requested an Early Assistance meeting for a project at 2100 SE Belmont St, a site which has previously been profiled by the Portland Chronicle:

New 56-unit apartment building with underground parking (19 parking spaces).

Jones Architecture have requested an Early Assistance meeting for a project at 8247 N Lombard St in St Johns:

Four story mixed use building that includes retail, 100 Apartments and underground parking.

Ankrom Moisan have applied for a Type III Design Review for a project at 915 SE Belmont St. The Oregonian reported on the project, as proposed in 2013:

Mixed-use building

A demolition permit was issued for a 1953 church at 5000 SE Lincoln, which will be replaced by 18 townhouses:

Demo 2 story building / basement

A building permit application was received for the Treece & Lambert apartments at 2238 NE Glisan St, whose architects is Barry R Smith:

New 5 story 37 unit apartment building; ground floor to include parking and 3 units;associated site work

A foundation permit was issued for the Hyatt House at 2080 SW River Drive, one of the last remaining parcels in Riverplace:

Foundation and concrete work up to the top of level 2 concrete deck. This includes excavation, piles, grade beams, pile caps, columns, level 1 slabs and level 2 concrete deck. Concrete, paving, and stormwater