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Old October 14th, 2006, 01:14 AM   #1
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Portland Development News

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Phase-1 of the urban renewel in downtown Portland. Phase-2 I would assume would be the OHSU campus-expansion on the south waterfront (to the right of the current development on the south waterfront). Also the area by the Rosegarden and the burnside bridge is going to be redeveloped with towers. Not to mention the huge renewel of Vancouver, Wa's waterfront projects. The area is going to look vastly different (imo) in years to come

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Old October 14th, 2006, 01:18 AM   #2
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On the Town
Get set for a city core revamp
By Phil Stanford

The Portland Tribune Oct 9, 2006

The recent commotion over the fate of the so-called “gay triangle” building at Southwest 12th and Stark is nothing if not a reminder that this city is on the verge of great change.

Will the owner of the building – who, not incidentally, also operates the bathhouse on the corner there – sell out to big developers who’ve staked out the area?

And if that happens, will the nightclub Silverado, which for the past 18 years has anchored what’s commonly considered Portland’s gay district, be persuaded to move as well?

Tune in next week – or certainly next year at this time. Because by then there will surely be more downtown Portland buildings on the auction block.

Not, of course, that the city isn’t always shifting. As property values rise and fall, businesses must always find a way to make do.

In fact, before several blocks of Stark went gay during the 1980s, the neighborhood was home for an entirely different strain of nightlife.

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In the ’50s, the spot currently occupied by the Silverado was a nightclub and strip joint called the Desert Room – the social hub of the Portland underworld of that time.

When its proprietor, Nate Zusman, was busted for what the authorities described as aiding and abetting prostitution, the name changed, although not much else did, to the Red Garter.

In 1982, after lying vacant for a year or two, it opened again as a gay nightclub – Flossie’s.

Then in 1988 it became the Silverado – which one real estate tycoon described to me as sort of like a sports bar, but with huge video projections of naked men on the walls.

Not surprisingly, the gay community is concerned about the possibility of losing a favorite watering hole – and judging by the available information, they may have good reason.

Major real estate interests reportedly have purchased an option on the property, and according to sources familiar with the matter, probably will go ahead and buy it.

But if it’s any comfort, there’s really not much anyone can do about it anyway: It’s all a function of marketplace, as they say.

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Once the Brewery Blocks were developed, it was only a matter of time before a building in the gay triangle would become too valuable to be used as a bathhouse and nightclub. Whether a deal is cut next week or next year, it’s going to happen.

And not just in the gay triangle, either.

In case you haven’t been downtown lately, Portland is in the midst of a building spree, the like of which hasn’t been seen since the early ’80s, when the U.S. Bancorp and KOIN towers went up.

The main difference this time, though, is that most of the new space is for housing. New condos and apartment buildings are rising all over the downtown area – not just the South Waterfront District, which has received so much attention.

Two years ago, says Jeff Joslin of the city’s Bureau of Development Services, they were presented with about a dozen building projects for review. Last year there were 20.

This year, the bureau is reviewing proposals for “roughly 50 major building projects” in the downtown area, the lion’s share of which are for condos and apartment buildings.

Better look now, because pretty soon you’re not going to recognize the place.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 01:53 AM   #3
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Some PDC Projects

Downtown Waterfront

3rd and Oak - Oak Towers



Fire Station #1 Relocation



Ladd Tower





Oregon Convention Center

Freemont Project - 3510 NE MLK





Oregon Convention Center Hotel





Gateway

Gateway Transit Center

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Old October 14th, 2006, 01:55 AM   #4
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LIVE shot of the South Waterfront construction.

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Great pics! Have you been to MLK lately? That part of the city is actually taking a turn for the better, looking quite nice in my opinion. There is a lot of potential on MLK. I love the Freemont project!

The project (that's has yet to be approved/denied) is the Broadway Tower, which would be 500'+ ft. It's hard to get any information on it at this point in time, but I love the design and location.




There are 50+ proposals for downtown. But the area that I think has a lot of potential is the Lloyd District. With the HQ Hotel going up it's going to look great by the RG arena, ect. Check out this rendering:

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The project I hope revives is the Public Market similar to Pikes Market in Downtown Seattle.

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Old October 14th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #7
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How strong is the demand for downtown/south waterfront conods in Portland?
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Old October 14th, 2006, 04:52 AM   #8
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The demand seems to be strong as the city plans to build 4,100 units by 2008 in downtown Portland. A lot are going up in the Pearl, SoWa. Portland is in the middle of a condo/tower boom.
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One of my favorite condo towers going up is the Benson Tower. The 26-story project is designed by Vancouver-based architecture firm IBI/HB. Completion is set for early 2007. The tower will also feature a 130-foot water fountain that wraps around three sides of the building..


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Another condo to be completed in early 2007 is the upscale 19-story Metropolitan in the Pearl District. The demand was so strong for this project, they had to do a lottery. It also achieved LEED Silver Certification.



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I was wondering when a Portlander would start one of these threads here.
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Minimaha and I are glad to be those Portlanders.
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Some renderings of the waterfront by the Pearl Dist. The skyline is growing by leaps and bounds.





From the City of PORTLAND thread.
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WOW Its about time Portland has a sticky. Nice work guys
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1st and Main

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The parking lot in question is at Southwest Second Avenue and Main Street and is owned by Equity Office Properties Trust. The Chicago-based real estate giant plans to build a 15-story, $100 million office tower on the site and pledges to resist the county if it chooses to condemn the property. Equity paid $7 million to acquire it about two years ago.

"We are going forward. We have not stopped our architects," said Matt Cole, Equity's Portland leasing manager.

Equity and its partner, Gerding/Edlen Development Co. LLC, have spent two years on the project and expect to submit plans for the office tower, called First and Main, to the city of Portland this month.
Not exactly a jaw dropper, but it's not bad either. It's a nice contrast to the area. I like how the architect uses a lot of glass for this project.

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Look's nice. Not very tall though.
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I agree. However, it's a very nice, quality building. It's a perfect contrast to the area. Sometimes the height of the building doesn't matter. Look at the Wells Fargo Tower, 500'+ and it's an absolute eye sore. I think Portland looks like a lot of the European cities. A lot of mid-rise quality buildings. If you've seen some recent pictures of the skyline, it's becoming suprisingly dense, and that's not including South Waterfront.

On a side note, Niketown is moving from it's currently location in downtown Portland to a new location within the next 18 months. They want a more upscale building (imo), I'm guessing Niketown could move to the Pearl District. It would be great to see niketown put their new store in the new ZGF Headquarters tower, an awesome building to be built sometime soon.
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The rendering doesn't to this building justice, the building will be 110'. Office/Mix-use in the Pearl District.

The Machine Works Building


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The MachineWorks Building is a superb retail destination located in Portland's Pearl District, the West Coast's most exciting urban shopping distrct. Machine Works is steps away from the Central City Streetcar, and two blocks from the REI store and an urban Safeway store.

28,000 square feet of retail space - ground floor
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Nothing huge but I love this new Firehouse off of Sandy blvd.

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