Metro Reports: Willamette Blocks, OMSI Master Plan, 5112 SE Woodstock, and more

Building permits have been issued for the northern two blocks of the Willamette Blocks, which include a 6-story building with 232 residential units and a 23-story building with 340 residential units. Design work for the four-block development is by WDG Architecture for developer Alamo Manhattan.

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 July 26th, 2021 to August 1st, 2021.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 5112 SE Woodstock Blvd:

Development of 30-35 residential units and associated sitework. Stormwater management methods TBD.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 535 SE Tacoma St:

The applicant proposes development of two blocks north and south of SE Tacoma Street west of SE 6th Avenue. Each block will include a 16-unit multi-family residential building and a mixed use building with 36 multi-family residential units and two ground floor retail tenant spaces fronting SE Tacoma Street. Stormwater: treatment and detention, discharge to existing infrastructure.

A new Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by ZGF Architects to discuss the OMSI Master Plan:

Central City Master Plan for redevelopment of multiple properties into pedestrian- and transit-oriented district along the Willamette River in the Central Eastside. Stormwater disposal will be a combination of public and private facilities.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 6116 NE Willow St:

New 9 unit apartment

A project at 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd has been submitted for building permit review:

PS PDOX – new 3 story, 19 unit mixed-use building comprised of 2 stories residential apartments over ground floor retail, lobby, and 3 residential units

A project at 5327 NE Glisan St has been submitted for building permit review by West Architects:

PS PDOX – new 27,760sq 4 story type V-A apartment buildilng with 33 units w/21-069449-MT

Building permits were issued for Block 41 and 42 of the Willamette Blocks, at 3820 S River Parkway and 3850 S Bond Ave respectively:

ALAMO MANHATTAN – BLOCK 41 – New 23 story, mixed-use building with four levels of above-grade parking and one level below-grade parking, commercial space on the ground floor, and 340 residential dwelling units; includes associated site work *** w/20-205976-MT ***

ALAMO MANHATTAN – BLOCK 42 – New 6 story, mixed-use building with two levels of below-grade parking, commercial space on the ground floor, and 232 market rate apartments; includes associated site work *** w/20-201349-MT ***

News Roundup: ARCOA, Hotel Grand Stark, Hyatt Place, and more

The ARCOA Mixed Use will wrap around the historic ARCOA building at 1006 SE Grand, with an eight story mass at the corner of SE 6th and Yamhill and a three story mass facing SE Grand.

The ARCOA Mixed Use at SE 6th and Yamhill gained approval from the Historic Landmarks Commission*, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The Port of Portland looking at alternative uses or sale of major assets to further new ‘shared prosperity’ initiative, reports the Oregonian ($). The Portland Diamond Project has let an option on the Port’s Terminal 2 property lapse.

Portland’s Bureau of Development Services is laying off 13 staff members, according to OPB. The Bureau is almost entirely reliant on permit fees, which have dropped sharply.

Willamette Week reported that OMSI is looking to develop a gathering space for the Native American community along the Willamette.

City Council rejected the appeal against the Hyatt Place and Allison Residences in the Pearl, according to Willamette Week.

The boutique Hotel Grand Stark (previously known as the Hotel Chamberlain) will feature two new restaurants from Submarine Hospitality, writes the Oregonian ($).

The Oregonian ($) reports that the Lloyd Center is “on the brink as businesses depart en masse.”

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Focus: The 25 Most Popular Posts Of 2019

Block 216
For the second year in a row, a post about the Block 216 tower was the most popular post on Next Portland.

2019 was the fifth full year that Next Portland has been in operation. Over the course of the year 145 articles were published.

In contrast to 2017 and 2018, the most popular articles of the year were generally ones published this year. The lone article in the list published before 2018 was about Eleven West, which was approved in 2017 but only recently submitted for permit.

Four of the most popular post were about high rise towers: Block 216; Eleven West, Toyoko Inn; the Hyatt Place and Allison Residences; and the Holden of Pearl. Two posts in the list were about large site master plans, the Broadway Corridor and OMSI Masterplan.

In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

25. 1634 SW Alder St Receives Design Advice (images)
24. Moxy Hotel Approved by Design Commission (images)
23. Design Commission Approves 1715 SW Salmon Mixed Use (images)
22. Modera Morrison Receives Design Advice (images)
21. 3000 SE Powell Receives Design Advice (images)
20. Morningstar at Laurelhurst Returns in Front of Design Commission (images)
19. Lincoln High School Replacement Approved by Design Commission (images)
18. Holden of Pearl Senior Housing Approved (images)
17. Hyatt Place & Allison Residences Goes in Front of Design Commission (images)
16. Pepsi Blocks Phase 1A Approved by Design Commission (images)
15. Dairy Apartments Receive Design Advice (images)
14. Live Nation at Zidell Yards Receives Design Advice (images)
13. PAE Living Building Approved by Landmarks Commission (images)
12. Design Commission Approves 140 SW Columbia St (images)
11. Approval of 5020 Condos Upheld (images)
10. Saltwood Development in the Con-way Masterplan Approved (images)
09. Broadway Corridor Masterplan Receives Design Advice (images)
08. Unbuilt Projects From The First Five Years of Next Portland
07. Holden of Pearl Receives Design Advice (images)
06. OMSI Masterplan Receives Design Advice (images)
05. The Landing at Macadam Receives Design Advice (images)
04. Pepsi Blocks Phase IA Receives Design Advice (images)
03. Toyoko Inn Receives Design Advice (images)
02. Design Commission Approves Eleven West (Images)
01. Design Commission Approves Block 216 Tower (images)

OMSI Masterplan Receives Design Advice (images)

A masterplan for the redevelopment of the land surrounding the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has gone in front of the Design Commission to receive Design Advice. Up to two million square feet of development could be accommodated on the site, with a mix of uses that are complementary to OMSI’s operations, including residential and commercial uses. The masterplan is being designed by ZGF Architects, building on earlier work by Snøhetta. Gerding Edlen is acting as development advisor.

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Weekly Roundup: OMSI Masterplan, Lloyd Center, Jefferson Station, and more

The OMSI masterplan envisions realigning SE Water Avenue to run along the perimeter of the site.

As much as 2 million square feet of development in the Central Eastside is proposed as part of the OMSI Masterplan, reports the Oregonian—the equivalent of two U.S. Bancorp Towers. The masterplan went in front of the Design Commission for its first Design Advice Request meeting last week.

The Broadway Corridor Masterplan also had its first Design Advice Request meeting. Commissioners praised “the change it would bring to the area but [took] issue with the intended use of the city’s Green Loop,”* according to the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The Business Tribune published an interview with outgoing Lloyd Center manager Bob Dye. Work is set to start soon on the Lloyd West Anchor Remodel, which will include a Live Nation venue. The center recently presented revised plans for the Lloyd East Anchor Remodel to the Design Commission.

The Willamette Week reported that the cost of building new schools and affordable housing could rise under the Portland Clean Energy Fund, due the fact that large construction companies are being classified as “retail businesses.”

The Business Tribune spoke to 10 food carts about their plans for where they will go after construction starts on Block 216. The Oregonian wrote about 10 carts that turned downtown Portland’s biggest food cart pod into a tourist destination.

A Portland preservationist, and former chair of the Historic Landmarks Commission, wants the Jefferson Station building removed from the National Register of Historic Places, reports the Oregonian. The shell of the historic building is being incorporated into the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse.

The Business Tribune wrote about Opsis Architecture at 20.

Multnomah County hopes to create an alternative to jail or the emergency room for mentally ill homeless people at the recently purchased 333 SW Park Ave building, writes the Oregonian.

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Weekly Roundup: N Williams Center, Morningstar at Laurelhurst, OMSI Masterplan, and more

N Williams Center
The 5-story N Williams Center will include 60 units of affordable housing, with 40 of the units reserved for people who make 30 percent or less than the area median income.

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 March 18th to March 24th, 2019.

Design Advice has been requested by Ankrom Moisan Architects for a project at 701 NE 7th Ave:

New 7-story mixed-use project to include two levels of parking and a mix of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units (480 units in total proposed). Ground floor includes parking, retail and residential amenities such as a residential lounge, fitness area, leasing offices, bike storage, and pet area/wash. Proposed stormwater disposal will connect to public sewer.

Design Advice has been requested by Ankrom Moisan Architects for the Morningstar at Laurelhurst, located at 3150 NE Sandy Blvd:

The five-story development has assisted living and memory care units in a single building each caring for the specific needs of its residents. A total of 113 units is proposed. Structured parking with approximately 70 parking spaces is proposed.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 3675 SW Troy St:

49 unit apartment building including 5 live/work units.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by ZGF Architects to discuss the OMSI Masterplan:

OMSI is working on a CCMP, and hopes to have it approved by the end of 2019.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled to discuss a project at 7606 SE Flavel St:

Multi-family planned development on existing site wit a total of 22 multi-family units and 2 existing single-family dwellings ( with an ADU to be added – Option 1). 16 new multi-family units, 4-6 units with a garage (depending on option). Parking for other new units to be provided in parking lot. Existing 6-plex to remain with existing parking to remain.

A building permit was issued to LRS Architects for the renovation of the former Premier Gear & Machine Works building at 1715 NW 17th Ave:

Core and shell upgrades to the existing building including seismic, roof replacement, new skylights, interior stairs, new elevator and addition of a second level inside the existing building footprint.

A building permit was issued to Ankrom Moisan Architects for the N Williams Center at 2140 N Williams Ave:

New 5 story Type III B affordable family apartment building

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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Weekly Roundup: Food Cart Block, Adidas Campus Expansion, Taylor Works, and more

The Adidas Campus Expansion will include a building at N Delaware and N Sumner, and a relocated vehicular entry from N Greeley Ave

The Oregonian reported on plans to redevelop a site at 936 SW Washington Stcurrently home to Portland’s largest and best known food cart pod—with a 33-story tower, which would include office space, hotel rooms and apartments. The site is currently owned by the Goodman family, who the Daily Journal of Commerce reports have projects aplenty in progress.* Other current developments of theirs include 230 AshEleven West, and the Moxy Hotel.

The Portland Business Journal has the latest information on OMSI‘s ambitious Central Eastside expansion ambitions.

The Willamette Week covered the City’s annual State of Housing in Portland report, which includes some hope for struggling renters.

The Portland Business Journal reported that neighbors are opposing the Adidas Campus Expansion plans in North Portland. The Portland Design Commission has however shown early support for the proposal.

Portland Public Schools has “thrown a curveball” at the Portland Diamond Project‘s plans for an MLB stadium in the Rose Quarter, reports the Willamette Week. The Portland Business Journal reports that the group behind the project isn’t vexed by the proposed bidding process for the site.

The Urban Works Real Estate blog published construction updates on the Taylor Works Building at SE 2nd & Taylor, which is undergoing a major renovation and alteration.

The Business Tribune wrote about Continuum Partners, the developer that has been chosen to lead the Broadway Corridor redevelopment.

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Weekly Roundup: Blackburn Building, Post Office Towers, PCC Bond, and more

A proposal for the Post Office site in the Pearl could include up to 5 million square feet of development

Without waiting for an answer from Amazon, Portland moved forward with a Request for Qualifications aimed at developers interested in the Post Office Site. Shortly afterwards architecture firm William Kaven unveiled designs for two towers of up to 970′ on the Pearl District propertywhich would rise to a height over twice the 400′ limit recently approved by city council.

The DJC looked at the Albina Vision, a plan for the Rose Quarter which would see it become more than just an entertainment district.*

The Oregonian looked at the OMSI Masterplan, which could be Portland’s next big waterfront development. The paper also revealed that the James Beard Public Market is still looking at the possibility of locating on the site.

Voters approved a $185 million Portland Community College bond, which will be spent on a renovation of its workforce training facility in the Cully and an expansion of the health technology building at its Sylvania campus.

The DJC published construction photos of the Asian Health & Service Center, currently taking shape in Lents.

Central City Concern broke ground on the Blackburn Building, previously known as the Eastside Health Center, at 25 NE 122nd Ave. The building will include housing and medical services, writes the Portland Business Journal.

The Bureau of Development Services is building an $800,000 communications team, reports The Oregonian.

BikePortland reported that Portland Art Museum is getting ready to unveil new plans for the Rothko Pavilion, after facing opposition to an early iteration of the design.

Despite plans for NAYA Generations to provide a place for Native American seniors and foster families to live, the development doesn’t currently house a single foster family, reported the Willamette Week.

The Oregonian reported on the high-end historic buildings that benefit from $8 million a year in tax breaks.

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Weekly Roundup: N Williams and Knott, OMSI Masterplan, Fair-Haired Dumbbell, and more

OMSI Masterplan

The OMSI Masterplan by Snøhetta and Mayer/Reed recently went in front of the Design Commission

The DJC reported that development at N Williams and Knott will wait a little longer* as a Prosper Portland oversight committee scrutinizes plans for the property.

Portland Architecture reported on the winners at the 2017 AIA Portland Architecture Awards. Projects in Portland that received prizes included the Japanese Garden Expansion and Pearl West.

The OMSI Masterplan could involve re-aligning SE Water Avenue and adding a two-way cycle track, according to BikePortland.

City Observatory noted that “‘For Rent’ signs are popping up all over Portland, signaling an easing of the housing crunch and foretelling falling rents.”

“With its wildly colorful artist-painted exterior, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell gives Portland a reason to smile,” according to an article in the Business Tribune.

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