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: 3185 N Vancouver, NE 16th & Couch, NW 13th & Johnson, and more

The NW 13th & Johnson Apartments by TVA Architects, as shown to the Design Commission at its second Design Advice hearing in December

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 Jackson Main Architecture for a project at 3185 N Vancouver Ave:

New 6-story mixed-use, group-living facility that includes parking, shared resident amenity spaces, and 240 living units.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 1627 N Willis Blvd:

Construct new 4-story with basement 19-unit apartment building in the RH zone with 4:1 FAR map

Early Assistance has been requested by Brett Schulz Architect for a project at SE 3rd & Morrison:

New 6 story building 85’x85′ approx 43,350 groo sq ft 1st floor retail and upper floor light manufacturing/artist studio

Early Assistance has been requested by LRS Architects for a project at 2455 SE 11th Ave:

Demo Existing Building, provision of a new 7 story office building with retail, service and traditional office. Project will include 2 levels of below grade parking with some at ground floor.

Early Assistance has been requested by Jackson Main Architecture for a project at 177 N Failing St:

5-story, mixed-use, group-living facility that includes shared residential amenty spaces and 84 living units.

A project at 1337 E Burnside St has been submitted for Type II Design Review:

New 6 Story mixed use 208 unit apartment building with residential, retail and parking on first floor with one level below grade parking for approximately 129 vehicle spaces.

The NW 13th & Johnson Apartments have been submitted for Type III Design Review by TVA Architects:

Proposal is for a 7 story mixed use building. The proposal includes 58 residential units and ground floor retail. The proposed height is 75 feet. 89 long term and 5 short term bike parking stalls.

A project at 1340 SE 9th Ave and 925 SE Main St has been submitted for building permit review by Scott Edwards Architecture:

Core and shell improvements for industrial use; seismic upgrades; new roofing, thermal envelope, plumbing; parking lot improvements; new dormers (with 17-104780 CO)

Core and shell alteration for existing building; seismic upgrade; new roof; new windows; thermal envelope, plumbing; no occupancy; trash enclosure less than 120 sf in parking lot (with 17-104823 CO)

A project at NE 16th & Couch has been submitted for building permit review by Deca Architecture:

New 4 story plus basement, 33 unit apartment building with associated site work and covered parking

A project at 1714 NE 45th Ave has been submitted for building permit review by Deca Architecture:

New 3 story apartment building with basement (8 units) and associated site work; includes retaining wall; trash room inside

A project at 5310 NE 11th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New construction of 4 unit apartment building with tuck under garages; max 4’6″ retaining wall

A project at 7023 N Mohawk Ave has been submitted for building permit review by City Craft Development:

New 2 story apartment building with 7 dwelling units with attached trash enclosure and sprinkler riser room, detached barbeque area, and associated sitework (same as 17-101237-co)

A project at 25 N Going St has been submitted for building permit review:

New 3 story 6 plex and associated site work; approx 108 sq ft trash enclosure

A project at 1431 N Dekum St has been submitted for building permit review by CIDA Architects:

New 4 story, 30 unit apartment building, no onsite parking, trash room on first floor , includes associated sitework

A project at 3917 N Mississippi Ave St has been submitted for building permit review by Integrate Architecture & Planning:

Shell permit – new 3,799 s.f. two story building at south side of existing commercial building, includes patio/terrace areas, two new toilet rooms, and attached trash enclosure

A building permit was issued for a project at 4403 SE Johnson Creek Blvd:

Addition to existing single story building for new self storage building, add 2 total stories over existing building, new 3 story additions at east and west elevations of building; includes 2 new parking areas at east and west of property, includes associated site work and landscaping

A building permit was issued to Studio 3 Architecture for a project at 3956 N Vancouver Ave:

New 5 story mixed-use building. Ground floor commercial and parking with 87 residential units above.


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.