Weekly Roundup: The Woodlark, 1127 SW Morrison, 5 MLK, and more


Image of The Woodlark hotel, after renovation

Architect magazine released its top 50 firms of the year, with Portland-based ZGF Architects in the #1 place. Also on the list from Portland was Hacker, at #13. In the design rankings of nationwide firms Works Partnership came in at #5, ZGF at #7 and Hacker at #17.

A single story commercial building at SW 12th & Morrison is about to be demolished, reports the Portland Business Journal. The building will make way for the 1127 SW Morrison office building.

The DJC reported on how “Sellwood growth stirs residents“*. Projects planned or under construction in the neighborhood include Spokane.137119 SE Milwaukie, Galaxie Lofts and Sellwood Bridgehead.

Knot Springs Spa & Fitness has opened in the Burnside Bridgehead tower Yardaccording to the Portland Business Journal. The 11,500 sq ft facility “offers monthly memberships as well as services by appointment”.

The Oregonian reported that ‘Top Chef’ finalist Doug Adams will be opening a restaurant named Bullard in The Woodlarkthe Downtown hotel that be created in the Hotel Cornelius and Woodlark building. Existing business Johnny Sole, currently located at the site, will close according to the Portland Business Journal.

City Observatory asked if inclusionary zoning in Portland is “a good way to provide more affordable housing, or will it actually worsen the constrained housing supply that’s a big cause of higher rents?”

The Portland Business Journal wrote that the Portland Development Commission has agreed to spend a further $1 million to demolish the feed mill building at Centennial Mills. Current plans still envision the retention of the iconic flour mill.

An investigation by The Oregonian covered how Commissioner Saltzman withdrew the award of city owned land and funding for Meta Housing’s Creators Collective project, and instead gave it to Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc, for their King Parks project.

The Abigail, the latest affordable housing development in the Pearl, had a grand opening on Friday. The 155-unit apartment building includes 128 units for families making between 30 and 60 % of area median family income.

Places over Time wrote about the latest iteration of 5 MLK in “How I Learned to Stop Being and Architect and Design by Committee.”

The Foster Powell blog wrote about the 131 Units of Housing Coming to Foster at 5811 SE Boise, with more on the way at other sites.

The Portland Business Alliance endorsed the city’s affordable housing bond as an “important part of the equation to address housing affordability in Portland,” reports the Portland Business Journal.

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Weekly Roundup: Oregon Square, Slabtown, Spokane.13 and more

1015 NW 16th Ave

Elevation of the proposed apartment building at 1015 NW 16th Ave, as shown at the Pre-Application Conference in March

The DJC reported ($) that Oregon Square will be proceeding as a phased development. The western two buildings, Block 90 and Block 91, will be built first, and include around 560 units. American Assets Trust vice president and regional manager Wade Lange, quoted in the article, stated that they have asked GBD Architects to “keep it as close to the previously approved design (as possible)”.

The former Slabtown bar at 1015 NW 16th Ave was demolished this week, according to the Portland Mercury. A new 6-story, 153-unit studio apartment building by Koz Development is set to replace it.

The Oregonian reported that Portland is now the 26th largest city in the US. The paper noted that “between July 2014 and July 2015, Portland’s population increased 1.9 percent, or by 11,889 people”. Looking at the same data, BikePortland concluded that “Portland is finally adding homes almost as fast as people are moving here“.

The Atlantic asked whether “Portland [can] avoid repeating San Francisco’s mistakes” around housing.

The Business Tribune wrote about TVA Architect’s Spokane.13 apartment building, currently going up in the Sellwood neighborhood. The 4 story mixed use building will have 30 residential units and two commercial spaces at the ground floor.

Metro Reports: OHSU CHH South, 811 Stark, Division St Micro Units and more

3021 Se Division St

Division St Micro Units at 3021 SE Division St

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

Barry R Smith Architect has requested Design Advice and scheduled a Pre-Application Conference for a project at 829 NW 19th Ave:

Move existing structure and add new 54 unit structure

Pre-Application Conference to discuss a Type III Historic Resource Review to move an existing office building (contributing structure) from current location to within 20 feet of NW 19th. The applicant wishes to establish original lot lines (Lot Confirmation) and move some of the lot lines (PLA) to create two separate lots. The exisitng building will be located on a 4,355 sq. ft. lot and the other lot, 12,145 sq. ft., will be developed with a new 54-unit residential building. The site is within the Alphabet Historic District.

Eli Spevak has requested Early Assistance for a project at 5836 NE Mason St:

Thirteen row homes and one existing home.

SERA Architect have requested Early Assistance for a project at 7707 SW Capitol Highway:

Four story multi-family apartment building with 70 units.

Ankrom Moisan Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project on the site of the New Copper Penny at 9202 SE Foster Rd:

Oliver Station – New Development 4 &5 Stroy [sic] mixed use and 130 residential unit development over 2 blocks, with 150 parking spaces.

SolTerra Architecture have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project on the parking lot of 3138 N Vancouver:

New development of 100 units of housing with 3,000-4,000 sq ft of ground floor commercial space. Provide 44 parking spaces at grade and in parking garage below grade. 6 stories & basement collecting and re-using storm water onsite.

ZGF Architects have submitted the OHSU Center for Health & Healing South for Design Review:

Design Review with 5 modifications requested for a new ambulatory care facility on Block 29 and a new mixed-use structure on Block 28. Skybridges to connect buildings.

A building permit is under review for a project at 1950 NE Everett St:

Construct new 5 story, 55 unit apartment building, to be connected to apartment building (15-206564CO) on neighboring lot by 4 story corridor; main floor is parking, bike parking, and living units, floors 2-5 are living units, rooftop terrace and elevator/stair penthouse, associated site work included in this permit

Scott Edwards Architecture have applied for a building permit for the Division St Micro Units at 3021 SE Division St:

Construct new wood framed 4 story (15 unit) apartment building; associated site work

A building permit is under review for a project at 7627 SE Milwaukie Ave:

New 2 story 13 unit apartment building

A building permit is under review for a project at 924 SE Tacoma St:

Construct new 1 story triplex with associated site work; new detached bike storage

A building permit was issued for a project at 1650 SE Harold St:

New 3 story 14 unit apartment building with associated site work

A building permit was issued for a project at 4241 N Massachusetts Ave:

New construction of three level, 12unit apartment complex; no onsite parking, includes attached bike storage and trash area with metal awning

A building permit was issued to TVA Architects for the Spokane 13 Apartments at 1313 SE Spokane St:

4 story, mixed use project, with 3 levels multi-family apartment floors (30 units); partially finished ground level for two lease spaces, landscaped outdoor courtyard with on site stormwater treatment (flow-through water quality planter to (2) drywells), and improvements to public right of way along SE 13th Ave and SE Spokane Street interior trash room

A building permit was issued to Works Partnership for 811 Stark:

New 31,500 sf mixed-use building with retail space on the first floor, and an expected mix of creative office uses on the upper floors. Work includes 3-stories of wood glulam post and beam construction over a 1-story concrete podium, with ground floor retail, parking, lobby and building services