Weekly Roundup: Amara, Mann House, Block 25, and more

815 W Burnside St
Work has started on Amara, a 7-story building on W Burnside between NW Park Ave and 9th Ave.

The Portland Business Journal reported that Laurelhurst’s Mann House could become affordable housing. Nonprofit developer Innovative Housing is under contract to purchase the mansion, with plans to turn it into 80 apartments. Rents would be affordable to families with incomes of between 30 and 60 percent of the median family income.

Old Town’s Greyhound Station has closed, reports the Oregonian. The two-acre is now listed for sale as a redevelopment site.

Two proposals in Old Town Chinatown are moving forward*, according to the Daily Journal of Commerce. At Block 25 Key Development is proposing an eight story cross-laminated timber building and a nineteen story tower. The project team includes Japanese firms Shigeru Ban Architects and Earthscape, along with Portland’s GBD Architects. At 4th & Burnside Colas Development is proposing a building of between five and seven stories, with a multicultural food venue; office space on the second floor for Colas and the Bing Kong Tong Chinese Benevolent Association; and housing above that.

New apartments are coming to a site formerly occupied by a Firestone auto shop, reports the Portland Business Journal. Amara at 15 NW Park Ave will include 138 residential units.

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Skylab presents skywalk to Design Commission (images)

Skylab Architecture have presented a proposal to the Design Commission for a skywalk which would link the Yard tower at the Burnside Bridgehead to the proposed Sideyard building. The under construction Yard tower by Key Development and Guardian Real Estate Services will include 276 residential apartment units and 19,709 sq ft of retail/office space. Sideyard by Key Development is currently going through Design Review, and is planned to include 21,151 sq ft of retail and office space.

Yard-Sideyard Skywalk

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Burnside Bridgehead, Pt II: Block 67 (Images)

This post is the second in a series on the developments at the Burnside Bridgehead. See also Part I about Block 75.

Block 67, a 21 story tower designed by Skylab in partnership with LRS Architects, is under construction at the east end of the Burnside Bridge. The building is composed of a 5 story podium with a 16 story tower over it. The tower is a parallelogram in plan, set at an angle diagonal to the street grid, giving it a knife-edge appearance in the NW/SE axis. The tower will include 276 residential apartment units, while the podium includes room for 200 car parking spaces and 19,709 sq ft of retail/office space. 416 bicycle parking spaces will be included in the podium and in individual units.

The developers behind the project are Hood River based Key Development and Portland based Guardian Real Estate Services. A  Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption was approved [PDF] by the Portland Housing Bureau, which will allow the developers to offer 20% of the apartments at rents affordable to people making 60% or lower of median family income, for at least 10 years.

block 67 - 01

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