Focus: 33 Affordable Housing Developments Planned for Portland (images)

St Francis Park Apartments

The St Francis Park Apartments, currently under construction in the Central Eastside.

Last December the Portland Housing Bureau delivered its second annual State of Housing Report to the City Council. The report noted the many challenges facing Portland, including that in 2016 “data indicates that housing affordability in Portland in the last year has gotten worse, an issue that is disproportionately impacting low-income residents, Communities of Color, seniors, and individuals with disabilities”. Nonetheless, the report also looked at what the Bureau is doing to address these issues, including: gaining voter-approval of a $258 million Affordable Housing Bond; passage of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance; increasing urban renewal funding dedicated to affordable rental housing; and dedicating short-term rental revenue tax to affordable rental housing.

The report listed nearly 1,900 affordable housing units in the production pipeline, split between 33 developments. Next Portland is re-publishing the entire list, along with images and information about the architect / developer where we have it.

Some buildings on the list are exclusively reserved for lower income people, while others include a mix of market rate units and subsidized affordable units. Figures for levels of affordability, expressed as number of units reserved for individuals or families at a percentage of Area Median Income (AMI), are taken from the Housing Bureau Report. Buildings that include market units are only receiving city funding towards the affordable units. Note that this list does not contain any buildings which will be required to provide affordable housing as part of the newly passed Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (which came into effect this month); any future projects funded through the voter approved affordable housing bond; any developments that are funded without the help of the Portland Housing Bureau; or any developments that have been allocated funding since the publication of the report late last year.

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Metro Reports: Iron Fireman Building, 1500 SW Taylor, 550 SE MLK, and more

Iron Fireman

Interior view of the renovated Iron Fireman Building

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.

Early Assistance has been requested by YBA Architects for a project at 6129 N Lombard St:

New 4 story mixed use development commercial 1st floor 42 apartments with 18 parking spaces.

Early Assistance has been requested by Green Hammer for a project at 20 NE Tillamook St:

Proposal is for five buildings with a total of 17 units of residential 1-3 bedroom apartments with eight spaces of off-street parking.

Early Assistance has been requested by Works Partnership for a project at 87 SE Stark St:

Proposal is to construct a new five story parking garage with 250 spaces to support new proposed commercial development at 151 se alder. Existing one story shed to be demolished.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Works Partnership for a project at 550 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd:

Proposal is for construction of a new 13 story hotel and residential development on one/half block site which is currently paved parking.Site will have ground floor retail with two levels of below grade parking; roof will include decks and amenity space.

A project at 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd has been submitted for Type II Design Review by TVA Architects:

5 story apartment building wit 89 units & parking

A project at 2025 SW Vermont St has been submitted for Type II Design Review by COLAB Architecture:

Multi dwelling development of household living use. Ten units total with associated site improvements. ROW improvements and dedications for SW Vermont and SW Idaho streets per separate Public Works Permit.

A project at 3434 NE Sandy Blvd has been submitted for Type II Design Review by C2K Architecture:

Renovation of existing building to include retail and commercial uses along Sandy Boulevard and development mechanic’s shop into commercial bakery. Existing parking to be converted to amenity space.

A project at 2510 NE Sandy Blvd has been submitted for Type II Design Review by Brett Schulz Architect:

New construction of five story with mezzanine building with 90 residential units, three retail spaces and 19 surface parking stalls.

A project at 930 NW 14th Ave has been submitted for Type III Design Review by Bora Architects:

Construction of a new 10-story mixed-use building with ground floor retail, office space on floors 2-4, and residential units on floors 5-10. Two levels of below grade parking with 143 spaces proposed – with the garage entrance on NW14th.

A project at 1500 SW Taylor St has been submitted for Type III Design Review by SERA Architects:

11-story residential apartment development over below-grade structured parking.

A project at 1525 N Webster St has been submitted for building permit review by Fosler Portland Architecture:

New 4 story apartment building with 29 units with associated site work

The Grant Warehouse Redevelopment at 3368 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd has been submitted for building permit review by Carleton Hart Architecture:

New 5 story, multi-family building with 80 units and ground floor retail (future). Site work includes new parking, circulation paths and landscaping.

A building permit was issued to Mackenzie for the renovation of the Iron Fireman building at 4784 SE 17th Ave:

Core and shell build out of 78,246 SF of 108,066 SF building; 2 exterior steel exit discharge stairs, 1 new exit access stair, new entrance stair and ramp. Add interior walls to create 10 new tenant spaces, lobby area, common restrooms, bike storage area; voluntary seismic upgrade. No occupancy this permit. Separate tenant improvement permits required.

A building permit was issued to Geza Development for a project at 1775 N Lombard St (formerly 1841 N Lombard):

New 3 story – 18 unit apartment building – with associated site utilities and landscaping-attached trash enclosure

A building permit was issued to Marathon Acquisition and Development for the Mississippi Apartments (East) at 777 N Cook St:

New mixed use 5 story building, first floor parking, first floor commercial use and apartments with apartments above

Metro Reports: Mississippi, Modera, Milwaukie, Minnesota and more

Hill Park Apartments

A building permit was issued for the Hill Park Apartments at SW 1st and Arthur. The building by Carleton Hart Architects for Central City Concern will include 39 units of affordable housing.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits. We publish the highlights.

Early Assistance has been requested by Lever Architecture for a project at 3928 N Williams Ave:

Renovate building to include retail and commercial/residential uses, and development of 5 story 18,000 SF detached building for retail, commercial/residential uses.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by GBD Architects to discuss Oregon Square:

2 towers – 1 23 story & 1 11story – residential development with underground parking connection. Ground floor retail – with outdoor plaza.

The Modera Davis at 205 NW 10th Ave has been submitted for Design Review by SERA Architects:

Design review with 3 modifications for a 12-story market-rate apartment building with ground floor retail and below grade parking. 204 residential units are proposed with 145 basement parking spaces.

A building permit is under review for a project at 2915 SE Division St: 

New 4 story, 20 unit apartment building with onsite stormwater planter

A building permit is under review for a project at 4723 NE 99th Ave: 

Construct new triplex with associated site work

Urban Development Group have submitted a project at 6003 SE Milwaukie Ave for building permit review:

New 4 story, 47 unit apartment building with underground parking

A building permit was issued to Carleton Hart Architecture for the Hill Park Apartments at 110 SW Arthur St:

Hill Park – New, 3-story multi-family project with 39 units of studio and 1 bedroom apartments. Geopier install for soil stabilization

A building permit was issued for a project at 5425 N Minnesota Ave:

Construct a six unit three story apartment building with 2 bedroom/1 bath units with living room, dining room, kitchen, and washer/dryer closet. Trash enclosure.

A building permit was issued to Studio3 Architecture for the Mississippi Apartments at 878 N Fremont St:

New mixed use 4 story building, underground parking, first floor commercial use and 45 apartments above. Maximizing allowed commercial uses per COA in LU 06-118204 CP ZC, cannot expand corner retail space beyond square footage shown on approved ground floor plan, or convert two smaller office spaces to retail, to stay within 70 trip cap.

Weekly Roundup: the return of South Waterfront, Multnomah County Courthouse, Garlington Center and more

Garlington Center

The Garlington Center by Scott Edwards Architecture for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

An article in The Oregonian noted that South Waterfront “is booming again”. Projects mentioned include Zidell Blocks 4 and 6Riverplace Parcel 3, OHSU Center for Health and Healing South and the OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building.

The Portland Mercury reported that the City Council will vote this week on an ordinance that will direct money raised from short term rentals such as Airbnb into the Housing Investment Fund. The measure would allocate $1.2 million of new money for affordable housing every year.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is planning a new integrated health clinic and low-income apartment complex, writes OPB. The Garlington Center at 3034 NE MLK Jr Blvd will replace an existing building on the site owned by the non-profit.

Plans are moving ahead for the new Multnomah County Courthouse, according to The Oregonian. The County is now planning on including the District Attorney’s office and high volume courts in the building, which is likely to raise the cost of the project by $40-50 million.

An article in The New York Times by local writer Brian Libby looked at the three building One North development on N Williams by Holst Architecture and PATH Architecture. The Karuna East office building was recently completed, and is leased to digital creative agency Instrument.

Digital product agency Uncorked Studios has leased the entire third floor of the 811 Stark building, according to the Portland Business Journal. The Central Eastside building by Works Partnership is currently under construction.

The City Council approved 10 year tax exemptions for three buildings that will collectively include 81 units of affordable housing, wrote the Portland Business Journal. The buildings are the North Hollow Apartments at 1501 SW Taylor St, the Vancouver Ave Apartments at the NE and SE corners of the N Vancouver Ave and N Shaver St,  and the Mississippi Apartments on N Fremont St between N Mississippi and N Albina Ave and on N Cook Street between N Albina and N Borthwick Ave.

The Willamette Week wrote about a potential conflict of interest identified by the City Auditor, due to the fact that members of the West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee are landowners in the area. The Auditor’s report said that individuals such as Greg Goodman of the Downtown Development Group should have disclosed their financial interests before casting any votes, including ones that increased the allowable heights at the Morrison and Hawthorne Bridgeheads.

The Oregonian wrote that Portland’s 3.6% apartment vacancy rate was the lowest in the nation in 2014.

Metro Reports: Tesla Showroom, Restoration Hardware, Castlegate Apartments and more

Restoration Hardware

The NW 23rd Ave Restoration Hardware, as shown at its third Design Advice Request hearing

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

Tesla Motors have requested Design Advice and scheduled a Pre-Application Conference for a project at 4330 SW Macadam Ave:

Take existing warehouse building and turn it into vehical sales, service and delivery center of Tesla vehicles.

Winterbrook Planning have requested Design Advice and scheduled a Pre-Application Conference for a renovation to One Pacific Square:

Renovation of existing One Pacific Square. Expanding ground floor lobby to include storefront commercial on Street frontages. New Landscaping.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 2645 SE 50th Ave:

New residential apartment building, with underground parking.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 4515 NE Fremont St:

Mixed use development to include 50 residential units over retail space and on-site parking.

Anrkom Moisan Architects have requested Early Assistance for a project at 6049 N Interstate Ave:

New 5 story apartment building. 129,772 sq feet 180 units. Tuck under parking with 60 spaces.

Early Assistance has been requested by Fosler Portland Architecture for a project at 1485 NE Alberta St:

New 4-story apartment building with commercial space, lobby on ground floor, 17 apartments abvoe.

Works Partnership have requested Early Assistance for a project at 4235 SE 17th Ave:

Project is proposal for two story residential with ltd retail on grd floor. Needed is written clarification on setback and landscape requirements to continue development.

Strata Land Use Planning have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project at 606 NE 20th Ave:

TYPE 3 DESIGN REVIEW- To develop this site with a 6-story, 54 unit residential building. Ground floor parking and 1 retail space.

Studio 3 Architecture have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project at 751 N Cook St:

New mixed use 5 story building with 50 parking spaces in rear. Commercial & residential units on ground floor, residential units above. Designed to meet Community Design Standards

Anrkom Moisan Architects have submitted the NW 23rd Ave Restoration Hardware for Design Review:

Design Review with 5 modifications to build a new 3-story retail development with rooftop terrace and basement parking garage.

A series of building permits are under review for the Castlegate Apartments at 3001 NE 148th Ave:

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building; building 1 of 7

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building; building 2 of 7

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building; building 3 of 7

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building with attached office building; building 4 of 7

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building; building 5 of 7

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building; building 6 of 7

Construct new 3 story ( 8 unit) apartment building; building 7 of 7

A building permit is under review for a project at 1640 SE Tacoma St:

New 4 story apartment building with 44 units and green roof. Ground floor contains (1) retail space and parking garage. No occupancy for retail space on this permit, interior trash area at parking garage level

A building permit is under review for a project by YBA Architects at 1208 SE Ankeny St:

Construct new 4story with basement, 27 unit apartment building; with associated site work

A building permit was issued to LRS Architects for the Cedar Sinai Park Addition at 6125 SW Boundary St:

Renovation of existing 53,000 sf nursing home with a 44,000 sf addition, new parking lot and site improvements

A series of building permits were issued to Jivanjee Circosta Architecture for a project at 14224 E Burnside St:

Building 1: new 3 story (13 unit) apartment buildilng with laundry and common room; with on site parking, site improvements and site amenities (sports court, play area, and court yard)

New 3 story (12 unit) apartment building

New 3 story (9 unit) apartment building

A building permit was issued to CIDA Architects for a project at 5624 SE 22nd Ave:

Construct new 3 story 15 unit apartment building; 5 units on each fl; with associated site work; and trash enclosure; sprinklers to be standard 13

A building permit was issued for a project at 1803 N Lombard St:

Construct new 3 story apartment building, 12 units, main floor single level units, 2nd floor units have upstairs, trash enclosure attached to east side of building, associated site work included

A building permit was issued for a project at 7007 NE Cornfoot Rd:

New 420,791 sf semi-conditioned shell building and associated site work. Tenant improvements will address conditioned spaces (comments)