The Historic Landmarks Commission has approved designs for the Marcus Apartments, an infill project in Irvington. The 3 story project by bkl/a architecture will replace a parking lot situated in front of an existing apartment, and create a new courtyard in between the new and existing buildings. The new building will include 12 residential units, some of which will have entrances directly to the street. 26 bicycle parking spaces, serving both buildings, will be located in the existing building. No parking is proposed.
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.
A major renovation is planned for the Mont Blanc Building in the Irvington neighborhood. The existing warehouse will be converted by North Rim Development for use as commercial catering kitchens and creative office space. At the ground floor the building will include 4 catering/commercial/production kitchens, along with 8,500 sq ft of office/retail space. The second floor will become 9,900 sq ft of office space. The design for the project is by Richard Brown Architect.