Weekly Roundup: Old Town hotel, density bonuses for affordable housing and more

Old Town Chinatown Block 33

Block 33 hotel by William Kaven Architecture

Portland Architecture broke the news of a proposed hotel by William Kaven Architecture on Old Town Chinatown Block 33. At up to 150′ tall, the project will need to wait until zoning changes approved in principle as part of the West Quadrant Plan come into effect.

A post on BikePortland said that the time is now to weigh in on the Broadway Corridor / Post Office redevelopment. An online survey at the PDC website will run through July 19th.

The Oregonian published details of the proposals received by the PDC for Riverplace Lot 3. One proposal from Gerding Edlen and REACH CDC would include a 30,000 sq ft grocery store, 200 units of low income housing in one building, and 100 units of workforce housing in another building. Another proposal by Williams & Dame and BRIDGE Housing also includes a grocery store, as well as 162 units of market-rate housing and 203 units of affordable housing. The proposal by Capstone Partners, working with Home Forward and Innovative Housing includes 110 market-rate units and 215 units of affordable housing, as well as a grocery store by Fred Meyer.

The Portland Chronicle wrote about the proposed apartments planned for 5134 SE Division St. As noted in the article, a protest was held nearby by the Facebook group Stop Demolishing Portland, with an estimated 40 people in attendance.

The Loyal Legion opened this week in the I.O.O.F. Orient Lodge / PPAA Building, with a bar that includes 99 Oregon beers on tap. The Oregonian had a first look at the newly built interior.

With the first units now open at Hassalo on EighthBikePortland asked whether the Lloyd District might be Portland’s next great bike neighborhood.

The City Council held its first hearing on the SE Quadrant PlanThe Oregonian listed 5 things to know about the plan, which guide development in the Central Eastside for the next 20 years. Although no vote was held, Mayor Hales seemed to indicate that he was still weighing how much protection should be given to industrial users.

Changes might be coming to how density bonuses are achieved in the Central City. The City Council unanimously voted to direct the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to bring forward proposals that scrap a number of the existing bonuses. There are currently a diverse number of ways for developer to gain extra floor area or height, including by providing ecoroofs, bike lockers, theaters on Broadway or simply building residential units. Instead, the council wishes for these bonuses to be narrowed to focus on affordable housing.

A property at 221 SW Naito Parkway has been sold to an undisclosed buyer. A Design Advice Request was held earlier in the year for a Worldmark by Wyndham.

Developer Urban Asset Advisors is planning a mixed use development at 7707 SW Capitol Highway, reports the Portland Chronicle. The building would include 71 residential units with 60 parking spaces, and two retail spaces.

Weekly Roundup: Lents Town Center, Loyal Legion, Langano Apartments and more

Lents Town Center Property #2

Lents Town Center Property #2, including the New Copper Penny site

The Portland Development Commission will vote next week on whether to offer financial support to the three development projects in Lents. The developments include: a development by Palindrome Communities on Lents Town Center Property #2, which will also include the New Copper Penny site; a development by Williams & Dame on  Lents Town Center Property #3 (South); and a third by Asian Health & Services Center Lents Town Center Property #4.

The Loyal Legion, the new bar by ChefStable in the I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge / PPAA Building will open to the public on July 8th. A pre-opening event hosted by Restore Oregon will take place on July 3rd, where guests will receive guided tours of the newly renovated building.

The City Council discussed the zoning map amendment that will allow the Multnomah County Health Department HQ to be up to 150′ tall. A vote will be held next week.

A 6 week old restaurant was named by The Oregonian as its restaurant of the year. Renata recently opened in the former warehouse at 626 SE Main.

The growth scenarios in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan show that Portland is expected to gain 94,000 new apartments between 2010 and 2035, but only 17,000 new single family homes.

The new headquarters for SolTerra Systems at 2422 SE 9th Ave will be the tallest building on the west coast built with insulated concrete forms. Other sustainable features will include a green roof and low flow plumbing fixtures.

The Portland Business Journal published a photo gallery of Park Avenue Westthe downtown skyscraper scheduled for completion in December.

Tenants are now moving into the Langano Apartments, according to the Portland Chronicle. The building is owned by Petros Jarra and Ainalem Sultessa, immigrants who formerly operated Jarra’s Ethiopian Restaurant on the same site.

The Oregonian reported on the new building proposed at 4th & Harrison, which will include 425 apartments targeted to students at PSU. The developer hopes to open the building in 2018.

The East Building at One North is nearly finished. The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about how the building will serve as a model for sustainability.

Adaptive reuse of the I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge / PPAA Building (images)

The historic I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge / PPAA Building at SE 6th and Alder is being converted into a beer hall and assembly space, set to open later this year. As first reported in the Oregonian ChefStable plan to open the Loyal Legion with 99 Oregon beer halls on tap and an all local menu that includes Olympia Provisions sausages. Union/Pine will operate an event space named Portland Assembly in the upper floor. The architects for the project are John Weil and Design Department.

The I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge building in 1989 © University of Oregon

The I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge / PPAA  building in 1989 © University of Oregon

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Weekly Roundup: the Society Hotel, the Loyal Legion and more

The Society Hotel will open this summer

The Society Hotel will open this summer

  • The Portland Business Journal reported that Jama Software, the anchor tenant for Melvin Mark’s 2&Taylor building, is ready to move in.  The project is a redevelopment of the former Yamhill Marketplace.
  • The demolition of the former University Station post office began. The site is owned by St Mary’s Academy, who plan on expanding their campus. Although still in the early stages of planning, the Oregonian reported on what might be housed in the expansion.
  • The Society Hotel, a redevelopment of a long vacant building in Old Town, is set to open this summer. The Portland Business Journal had a look at the construction progress.
  • The City Council was scheduled to vote on the rezoning for the MAC Block 7 apartments. The applicants have now decided to complete a City Center Parking Review before the City Council makes its final decision.
  • The Waterline Apartments on NW Front Ave have begun pre-leasing.
  • At Portland Architecture, Brian Libby expanded on his CityLab article about Centennial Mills, with more extracts from his conversation with Jordan Schnitzer. Meanwhile, the RFP process for selective demolition of the buildings in worst condition is ongoing.
  • Chefstable plans to open The Loyal Legion, a beer hall with 99 Oregon beers on tap, in the former Portland Police Athletic Association building.