Weekly Roundup: Framework, OMSI Masterplan, Broadway Tower, and more


The proposed cross-laminated timber tower in the Pearl District has been cancelled.

Willamette Week broke that plans for high rise timber tower Framework will have fallen through. The building would have included 60 affordable housing units and over 30,000 sq ft of office space.

Portland based Gerding Edlen has been selected as the developer for the OMSI Masterplan, reports the Oregonian. The museum owns an 18-acre site, 11 of which are set to be redeveloped.

As the Broadway Tower nears completion, the Daily Journal of Commerce took a look inside*. The tower will include a Radisson Red hotel on floors 2-8 and office space on floors 9-19. The hotel is set to open in October, with work on the office floors likely to continue into next year.

The Oregonian reported that the city is considering increasing the size of the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area to generate more housing promised as part of the N/NE Housing Strategy.

The Daily Journal of Commerce published photos of the recently completed Cadence Apartments at 2005 N Williams Ave. The 166-unit is the first new build development in Portland by San Diego based ConAm Group.

The Portland Tribune looked at Portland Public Schools’ newly unveiled plans for Lincoln High School, which will include a seven story classroom tower.

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Metro Reports: Rothko Pavilion, Lincoln High School, Platform, and more

A potential massing for a rebuilt Lincoln High School, as envisioned during the master planning process by Bora Architects.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers February 19th to February 25th, 2018.

Design Advice has been requested by Hennebery Eddy Architects for the Portland Art Museum Rothko Pavilion:

Request Design Advice for project to construct a three story structure linking the two existing Portland Art Museum buildings. Additional work will be located at south end of complex on Jefferson St. Interior modifications include mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems.

Design Advice has been requested by BORA Architects for the new Lincoln High School:

Lincoln High School Replacement project. The new school building is proposed to be 8 stories and 138 feet tall and provide 281,000 square feet of educational and support space. Please note Pre-application conference case # 18-108160.

Design Advice has been requested by Allied Works Architecture for the Platform building at 1130 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd:

Request for Design Advice for a new eight story building, 140,000 SF commercial office space with retail use on ground level and two levels of parking below grade

Early Assistance has been requested by Scotia Western States Housing for a project at 3204 SW 12th Ave:

No changes to this site/project with comp plan/zone map changes: New 4-story apartment building with 23 units and 14 surface parking lots.

A project at 1001 SE Sandy Blvd has been submitted for Type II Design Review by em architecture:

Proposal is for a tenant improvement that includes an occupancy change from S-2 (wine storage) to B (architecture offices.) New window and egress doors will be added to the new tenant’s space.

A building permit was issued for a project at 450 NE Jessup St (previously 442 NE Jessup St):

Construct new 3-story, 15 unit apartment building with attached trash room on 1st floor

Metro Reports: NE 106th and Halsey, Lincoln High School, Portland River Center, and more

A Pre-Application Conference was scheduled to discuss the Portland River Center

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers January 15th to January 21st, 2018.

Design Advice has been requested by Holst Architecture for a project at NE 106th and Halsey:

DESIGN HEARING – Current Code: Request for a Design Advice for a six story mixed use building including approx. 10,000 SF of ground floor retail, 9,000 SF of second floor office space and 75 apartments units including affordable housing units and 60 surface parking spaces.

Early Assistance has been requested by Köz Development for a project at 105 N Killingsworth St:

Future code: Proposal is for new 91 unit studio apartment building. 4-story, type VA construction. Stormwater will be rylnaged through green roof and discharged to city system.

Early Assistance has been requested by Merryman Barnes Architects for a project at SE 90th & Powell:

Future code: Proposal is to develop the property to accommodate a new +42,000 gsf clinic, a 52 unit senior housing building, and associated (shared) parking and landscaping. The senior housing project will likely be developed by another entity, and the site would be divided in order to allow for separate ownership and include a shared use agreement for the parking. No current plan for stormwater disposal at this time.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 835 SE 162nd Ave:

This site/project isn’t affected by the comp plan/zoning changes taking effect in May 2018.
Construction of six (6) 2-story buildings (townhomes and duplexes) of affordable housing (41 units units). The largest building is 26 apartments with community space and resident services spaces. New access drive with easement to 162nd. Stormwater treated on site with drywells, swales, and/or rain gardens.

Early Assistance has been requested by Waechter Architecture for a project at 5134 N Interstate Ave:

Future code: Proposal is for 60 apartments including afordable units. Amenity and retail space.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled to discuss the Portland River Center on the OMSI campus:

A Pre-Application Conference to discuss construction of the Portland River Center. This facility will be operated by The Portland Boathouse, a non-profit organization. The facility will contain boat storage and staging areas, educational classrooms, a small office, workout spaces with showers and restrooms, and interior and exterior river-viewing areas. The building will have 29,000 square feet of floor area in a two story building and is located partially in the Willamette Greenway Setback.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by BORA Architects to discuss the new Lincoln High School:

Future code info for the rebuild Lincoln High School (demo and replace building). They will need a Type III DZ.

A project at SE 124th & Ash has been submitted for a Type II Adjustment Review by Ankrom Moisan Architects:

100-day review timeline: Construction of new 4-story workforce housing building with 175 units of affordable housing (all units), a community space, courtyard, two offices for support staff and 43 car parking spaces. They will be meeting community design standards. Adjustment requested for Loading Standards Placement, Setback and Landscaping (33.266.310.E).

A project at 5603 SE Milwaukie Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Tahran Architecture & Planning:

New 4 story, 30 unit with attached trash enclosure, includes associated sitework ***separate fire protection***

A project at 4126 NE Garfield Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Fosler Portland Architecture:

New 12 unit 2 story apartment building, includes pre-fab trash enclosure and associated sitework.

A project at 12350 NE Sandy Blvd has been submitted for building permit review:

New one story building for future restaurant (shell only – no interior walls, no concrete slab, no RTUs); includes restriping & upgrades to (E) parking lot & associated site work *** w/ 119 sq ft trash enclosure ***

A project at 4107 SE 28th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New 1 story restaurant on existing parking lot including seating area, kitchen, storage, toilet, trash room, bike parking, ramps and upper and lower deck patio. Infill existing driveway ***no occupancy in this permit***

A building permit was issued to Urban Development Group for a project at 5955 SE Milwaukie Ave (previously 6003 SE Milwaukie Ave):

New 4-story 54 unit apartment complex, trash enclosure within structure and associated site work

A building permit was issued for a project at 1375 N Wygant St (previously 4806 N Maryland Ave):

New construction of 10500sf, 6 unit 3 story w/basement apartment building with new trash/recycling, bike parking, and s-2 storage in basement ***separate mechanical permit required***

Weekly Roundup: Hawthorne 31, Hi-Lo Hotel, High Schools, and more

The Hi-Lo Hotel, located in the Oregon Pioneer Building, is set to open at the end of the month. The building is also home to iconic Portland restaurant Huber’s.

Portland voters approved the $790 million Portland Public Schools bond, which will pay for the rebuild or modernization of Benson High SchoolMadison High SchoolLincoln High School and Kellogg Middle School.

At three and a half months into Portland’s Inclusionary Housing program, the Business Tribune looked at the policy’s success so far.

SE Hawthorne now has a second poke bowl restaurant, at the ground floor of the Hawthorne.31 Apartments, writes Eater PDX.

Demolition began on the former Club 21 building, reported the Portland Mercury. The site is being redeveloped as the Jantzen Apartments.

Portland Monthly looked at the Field Office, a “radical new Portland office [that] blends work and nature“.

The Hi-Lo Hotel and Alto Bajo restaurant will open May 31st, according to Eater PDX.

Weekly Roundup: Pearl East, 1725 SE Tenino, 5035 NE Sandy and more

The Pearl East Building at NW 13th & Glisan, by Mackenzie

The Pearl East Building at NW 13th & Glisan is currently being reviewed by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission. According to the DJC the Commission appeared inclined to support the project*, but granted a request by a neighbor to extend the public comment period.

‘Portland For Everyone’ wrote about two buildings in Sellwood-Moreland, at 1707-1725 SE Tenino St and 5965-6003 SE Milwaukie Ave that could be the first buildings to include affordable housing through the Portland’s new Inclusionary Zoning ordinance. Though vested under the old code, the developer is exploring the option of removing the previously required parking spaces and adding affordable units.

The Hollywood Star News wrote about the new development at 5035 NE Sandy Blvd, on the site formerly home to der Rheinlander. The 32,000 sq ft building will include 24,000 square feet leased by Portland Clinic and 6,000 to 8,000 sq ft of ground-floor retail space.

The Willamette Week wrote about how “early signs point to trouble for a record-setting Portland Public Schools bond“. If passed, the $790 bond would include funding to renovate Benson High School and Madison High School, and to raze and rebuild Lincoln High School and Kellogg Middle School.

Oregon Business published images of Portland’s “latest Insta-worthy hotel“, the AC by Marriott.

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Weekly Roundup: Robert Sacks, Schools Bond, SolTerra, and more

A potential massing for a rebuilt Lincoln High School, by Bora Architects. Under this option the existing school would remain in operation while a new building is constructed where the football field is currently located.

According to The Oregonian, Portland Public Schools now plans to include complete modernization of three high schools, Lincoln, Benson and Madison, in its May 2017 bond measure.

In the wake of the NW Portland natural gas explosion, the DJC wrote about developer Robert Sacks’ plans to move forward*.  Allied Works Architecture, who designed the damaged building 2281 NW Glisan, are preparing drawings that will allow the building to be rebuild. They are also working on designs for a new three-story building building at 510 NW 23rd Ave to replace the 111-year-old building that was destroyed.

Places Over Time looked at the 2016 works of architecture and urban planning that have “creatively added to the livability, artistry, and longevity of Portland’s built environment“, including Albina Yard, Pearl West and Milwaukie Way.

A 100-bed winter shelter has opened in the Washington Center, reported The Oregonian. The building is currently sitting vacant while developer Greystar and architects ZGF prepares plans for the 4W Tower.

The Portland Chronicle reported that a 106-year-old apartment complex and automotive repair shop at 1335 SE Stark St will be torn down to make way for a four-story, 39-unit apartment complex.

The DJC reported that design-build firm SolTerra has split into two businesses and laid off design professionals.

The Business Tribune asked developers if they would still build housing in PDX under the inclusionary zoning policy.

The Portland Business Journal looked at the 34 most prominent real estate projects to watch in 2017.

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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.

Weekly Roundup: Convention Center Hotel, International School, Schools bond, and more

Convention Center Hotel

The proposed Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center

The Business Tribune wrote about “Portland’s new international front porch“—the Convention Center Hotel. The Hyatt Regency branded hotel recently went in front of the Design Commission for its first Design Review hearing.

A change in policy at the Bureau of Development Services means that ranked properties on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory will now be subject to a 120 day demolition delay, even if the property owner requests that it be removed from the Inventory.

The Business Tribune wrote about how advocacy organization Restore Oregon wants to ensure that “we don’t want to lose those things that make Portland Portland” as the city grows.

As thousands of units per year get built in Portland, the DJC looked at how much parking developers are choosing to build. While investors once demanded a 1:1 parking to units ratio, 0.6:1—or less—has become common.

The Business Tribune reported that despite ongoing building boom, “Oregon’s construction industry ranked 47th overall in contribution to state GDP.”

Construction has finished on the International School Expansionreports the Portland Business Journal. According to the paper the school “kicked off the school year this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Learners’ Hall, a 10-classroom building for fourth- and fifth-grade students”.

The Willamette Week reported that parents are warning that delays to Portland Public Schools’ $750 million bond could doom it to failure. If passed, the bond would pay for the rebuilds of Lincoln High SchoolMadison High School and Benson High School.

Weekly Roundup: Hotels booming, Multifamily cooling, Schools bond and more

129 SE Alder

129 SE Alder is the latest creative office development in the Central Eastside

The Oregonian reported that Portland’s hotel boom—which includes the Cornelius-Woodlark, Canopy Hotel, Porter Hotel, AC Hoteland the Convention Center Hotel—will by 2020 result in 40% more hotel rooms than there are now.

The Willamette Week opined that “Portland City Hall seems to have learned its lesson about parking minimums raising rents” as the City Council struck down a proposal to add parking minimums for new residential development in the Northwest Plan District.

The DJC reported* that the Metro area multifamily market is beginning to cool as “after years of apartment development, supply appears to be starting to make a dent in demand”.

Harsch Investment Properties revealed a new creative office projected planned for 129 SE Alder St (previously 110 SE Washington St) to the Portland Business Journal. The design of the 9 story building is by Works Partnership.

According to The Oregonian, Portland Public Schools will seek voter approval for a $750 million construction bond in November. If passed, the bond would pay for the rebuilds of Lincoln High SchoolMadison High School and Benson High School.

The Portland Business Journal reported that Mill Creek Residential Trust paid Meriwether Partners $13.2 million for the former Premier Press building in the Pearl, a significant increase over the $6.05 million paid for the property in 2014. The transaction will allow the mixed use project at 505 NW 14th Ave to grow larger, at the expense of the now cancelled 1440 Hoyt office development.

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Weekly Roundup: Construction Excise Tax, Modular Construction, High Rise High School and more

SE 93rd & Woodstock

The parcel of land at SE 93rd & Woodstock that the PDC voted to sell this week (image: Portland Development Commission)

Lincoln High School could be rebuilt has an 8 story building, reported OPB. The project is one of the capital projects Portland Public Schools expects to put to the voters in November. If the project moves ahead as currently envisioned in the masterplan it would be the state’s first high-rise high school.

The Portland Development Commission board voted on Wednesday to sell a parcel of land at SE 93rd & Woodstock to Lisac Brothers Construction, reported the Portland Business Journal. The company intends to build a commercial building and a pavilion for a small food cart pod. A future phase of development, dependent on proposed Comprehensive Plan changes, would include a market-rate apartment building.

The Portland Chronicle reported on the NW 19th & Quimby apartments, which will replace an 1880 house and the Quimby’s At 19th bar.

The Portland Business Journal reported that the Dekum13 apartments went “from foundation to its full three-story height last week — in just two days”. The project is using modular units assembled in an Idaho factory, which were then craned into place to form a three story building.

The Portland Mercury noted that Charlie Hales’ proposed business license tax increased appeared dead this week. The City is however studying a Construction Excise Tax, which could raise $11 million a year in new revenues from commercial projects, and $3 million a year from residential projects.

Portland Architecture published a conversation with Ted Wheeler,  who states that he is “a big fan of Bjarke Ingels’ work”.