Category: Construction

Two House Project on NE 93rd

The foundation is complete for a three-story home located at 717 NE 93rd Ave. It is the first of two houses planned for this unconventional lot. The new structure sits at the wider back portion of the lot and shifts north towards the property line. Construction vehicle access dictates the back building must proceed ahead of the front structure on this tightly packed development.

The project proposed a year ago will host two detached houses. The back home is a three-bedroom, two and a half bathroom structure. Being accessible only by a walkway along the north property line, the house will not offer any onsite parking. Although being a secondary dwelling, it has many desirable features. The entire third floor is a master suite, and the main floor maximizes the limited space in an open floorplan.

When completed, the front unit will feature an attached garage and four bedrooms. It has two full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. As with the back building, this unit also spans three-stories, with its main floor on the second level. Another distinct feature is the position of the fourth bedroom on the ground floor. That room has both an interior and exterior entrance. A small half bathroom next to the bedroom provides some limited autonomy from the rest of the house. This extra bedroom would be an ideal home office for someone needing to see the occasional client.

Addressed as 713 NE 93rd Ave, the front house will span 20 of the 30-foot wide property frontage. For ease of construction, the back house must complete framing before the front house blocks truck access. Although progressing slowly, this project now seems to be moving forward at a faster pace. When completed, it will create a unique property that has built-in rental revenue for the owner.

March 2020

Cell Service Upgrade at NACM Northwest

Upgrades are proposed for the wireless equipment mounted on the NACM Northwest building. Permit application 21-009397 seeks to replace older hardware with new transmitters and antennas. Positioned adjacent to I84, this cellphone site receives heavy use by passing motorists and nearby residents.

Located at 7931 NE Halsey Street, the project will install six new antennas and nine remote radio units on 12 foot-long pipe mounts. The demolition of nine older antennas, three remote radio units, and six tower-mounted amplifiers make room for the new equipment. Older power systems units inside the equipment enclosure will also receive upgrades.

While performing this network enhancement work, crews will install a “5G Growth Kit” at this site. As the new wireless standard arrives in Portland, infrastructure work like this will be curial to a successful rollout. Over the coming year, G5 related work will increase at existing sites and eventually at new locations. 


Article image courtesy of Google Maps

New Sidewalks and Bike Lanes on Market Street

UPDATE – Crews are beginning work on SE Market Street’s sidewalks and corners. Expect some disruption to normal traffic patterns during the next few weeks.


Original story from December 17th, 2020.

Continuous sidewalks and bike lanes are coming to SE Market street as part of a Greenway expansion program. Starting at SE 92nd Ave, improvements on Market street will extend east to 130th Ave. This work includes Curb Extensions and new Curb Ramps along the project’s path.

The East Portland Access to Employment and Education project is principally focused east of Montavilla. Market Street is one of a handful of East Portland streets that cross over Interstate 205 (I205). Consequently, it’s heavily used by cars, bikes, and pedestrians trying to cross the freeway. Although there are some sidewalk segments between 92nd Ave and the overpass, they are not continuous. East of I205, sidewalks become less consistent on Market Street.

SE Market street will gain bike lanes starting just before the freeway overpass heading east. The new safe bike route will connect with the future 4M Neighborhood Greenway in the outer Southeast. Sidewalk infill on SE Market Street will branch out north on SE Cherry Blossom Drive towards SE Washington Street. At completion, these projects will add approximately 75 new ADA ramps.

The intersection of 92nd Ave and Market Street is the only Montavilla location receiving new ramps as part of this construction. Reconstruction of the northwest and southeast corners will add Curb Extensions to the sidewalk. Curb Extensions extend the sidewalk area into the parking lane, making pedestrians increasingly visible to cars before they cross. Additionally, they shorten the distance of a crosswalk for the pedestrian.

These improvements will make another safe crossing point over I205 and help residents connect with neighborhoods and services to the east. This section of Montavilla is quickly becoming a dense traffic area during peak travel times. Hopefully, this project will improve conditions and give people alternatives to driving when navigating these streets.

Curb Extensions and new ramps at intersection

Detailed construction prints are available here.

Gas Line Work Closes Lanes on Division

Westbound travel on SE Division is down to one lane due to roadwork. NW Natural is repairing gas lines along the roadway near SE 85th Ave. Affected traffic is diverted to the center turn lane for two blocks, creating a minor traffic slowdown.

Access to SE Division Street is blocked from SE 85th Ave’s north approach. Work is underway at an intersection recently rebuilt as part of the TriMet Division Transit Project. That Curb work had already cut into the road surface in this area, making it an ideal time for the gas line work. Now a single repair to the roadway will restore the street damage caused by two projects.

SE Division looking west at SE 87th Ave
SE Division looking east at SE 84th Ave

Refreshed 130 Year-Old Rental

The recently renovated 1890 era house on Everett Street is renting as a duplex. Bought in August of 2020, the property’s new owners transformed the house into an impressive multi-unit building. This latest iteration echoes the rental history for this property that began 100 years before.

Split into a ground-floor unit and a larger upper two-story residence, 7524 NE Everett Street cleverly hides its duplex nature. Both renters share the unfinished basement. Descriptions for Unit A and Unit B highlight the full remodel of the homes. They feature new plumbing and electrical with durable but attractive flooring. Kitchens feature a five-burner gas range, microhood, and dishwasher. Much of the overgrown landscaping is now removed, revealing the shape of this classic structure.

Initially addressed as 410 E Everett Street, the house predates Montavilla’s annexation into Portland. The house sat behind a storefront, positioned tightly at the back of the lot. By 1918 the house belonged to V. Cladek, a Montavilla resident and businessman. Cladek may have lived at this location. However, by 1920, he moved closer to the center of Montavilla town. A Capital Journal article from August 20th lists Cladek’s address as 53 East Seventy-ninth Street (now 317 SE 79th Ave).

410 E Everett Street, Sanborn Map 1909.

With Cladek living on 79th, his house on Everett became available for rent. Now being part of Portland, it changed to an address of 1910 E Everett Street. Newspaper ads in 1920 and later in 1922 list the home for rent. The Sanborn Map for 1924 illustrates Cladek’s expansion of the rental property beyond a single structure. A boarding house replaced the stores seen in the 1909 map. That two-story building still exists today as a fourplex located at 235 NE 76th Ave. The property also expanded to include other houses along 76th, likely all rental properties owned by Cladek.

1910 E Everett Street, Sanborn Map 1924

Beyond ownership of these buildings, V. Cladek participated in civic issues during the World War I years. Although likely the same person, a strong link between the public figure and property owner is missing. Cladek first engaged in public life with an unsuccessful run for Multnomah County Assessor in 1916. By early 1917 he was President of the Bohemian Association in Portland. Bohemian being used to denote the Czech people in the early 20th century. With the first world war raging, Cladek authored an article about Bohemia’s Suffering during the Great War.

Beyond written support of the war, Cladek and the Bohemian Association contributed to a Red Cross fundraiser in 1917. Proceeds from that event provided relief for those suffering in the Great War. Cladek further expressed his opinions regarding the war, declaring in the Morning Oregonian of December 3rd, “We hate the Kaiser and all his ways.”

In 1918, at the age of 64, V. Cladek further inserted himself into the war efforts. In the Morning Oregonian of May 23rd, he is one of many citizens willing to go to war regardless of age. Once again, he appealed to Bohemians and cultural pride in the war effort. He most likely did not travel overseas.

V. Cladek remained the property owner into the 1920s. With the war over, his participation in public events diminished, and it appears he mainly focused on his business efforts. This modern transformation of the Cladek building did an admirable job maintaining its original form. The changes to the structure enhanced its classic stylings while making it a modern living space. Future renters should enjoy the updated amenities along with the rich history of the building.

Image by Weston Ruter

Metro Seeks Input on TBN Development

Two years from now, Montavilla will gain 120 to 150 new households on NE Glisan Street. In a partnership between Metro and the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), the former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) site will transform into affordable housing. With the project in an early planning phase, opportunities for community input will become available next month.

A development of this scale requires years of negotiation and planning before construction can begin. Senior Communications Specialist with Metro, Constantino Khalaf, estimates it will take at least 24 months before Metro demolishes the current structure at 432 NE 74th Ave. “It will take some time for Metro and PHB to identify the right developer and nail down the details of the project, and the actual demolition and redevelopment won’t take place for another couple of years.”

Although construction is years away, community input occurs at this early phase of development. Khalaf indicated Metro would start their community engagement sometime next month. “There will be a survey going out in February to gather neighbor feedback on the values the community thinks we should embrace as we develop this housing.” Survey results will guild PHB and Metro in selecting a developer for this project that will incorporate the neighborhood’s guidance.

When completed, housing build on this property will prioritize “very” low-income tenants and substantially boost residential capacity in the area. Additional features of the development could add limited commercial space to the project, further strengthening NE Glisan’s growth as a retail and dining destination. Residents near this site are encouraged to participate in the survey and express their insights regarding this transformative development.


Residents wishing to receive the survey can sign up for project notifications at this link. https://forms.gle/63bfsp4WnQNVVny99  

EV Charging Coming to Glisan Fred Meyer

A recent permit application reveals that the Fred Meyer grocery store on NE Glisan Street plans to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The proposed project would create four charging stations along the parking lot’s southern edge. Fred Meyer stores frequently offer Blink branded EV charges. 

Permit application 21-002507 seeks to install the four EV charging stations and supporting infrastructure at 6615 NE Glisan Street. In addition to the car chargers, concrete pads and bollards will protect the new equipment. Installation of a nearby utility vault will contain the substantial electricity connections needed to operate the chargers. The project area may also receive decorative screening to obscure the hardware from street view.

When completed, this Fred Meyer store will join three other public locations offering recharging service in the Montavilla area. Those locations are:

Drivers of electric vehicles will welcome the expanded availability of EV charging stations in the neighborhood. When visiting businesses on NE Glisan, they can soon charge their electric car and feel confident they have the energy to get back on the road. EV charging stations will be just one more feature to attract customers to NE Glisan and help grow businesses in the area.

Continued work on NE 80th Curb Ramps

The corner reconstruction of NE Couch Street and NE 80th Ave is nearing completion. The work underway is the final portion of a project designed to improve curb ramps at this intersection. Construction on this last section is technically challenging, requiring the relocation of a stormwater catch basin.

The catch basin’s previous location placed it inside the extended footprint for the new sidewalk corner. Crews first had to reposition the catch basin along the NE Couch Street before laying concrete forms.

Children heavily use this stretch of sidewalk on their way to the back entrance for Vestal School. Improvements to this intersection ensure all pedestrians have a safe path down this road. Work should complete on this project over the next week, depending on weather conditions.

Fire Damage Repair on Main

Crews are at work replacing the fire-damaged roof of a one-story apartment complex on SE Main Street. The fire from April 2nd last year rendered two units unusable. Once new roofing protects the space below, interior work on the apartments will restore the building to its former condition.

The fire started in the early morning of April 2nd, 2020. Crews responded quickly and contained the fire to just two units. First responders transported one resident to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Damage from the fire displaced four residents.

The apartment, located at 8019-8039 SE Main Street, remained tarp-covered for the better part of a year. Approved last December, permit 20-186335 seeks to repair structural damage to the roof and replace damaged sheetrock in the two units. “Fire damage repair at units 8029 and 8031, replace (14) roof rafters, roof sheathing, roofing, and interior sheetrock.”

Restoration of these 1960 era apartments will return two more one-bedroom units to the Montavilla area. The lesser damaged residence at 8031 SE Main Street is already available to rent ahead of project completion. Expect to see exterior work conclude by the end of the month.

Tarp covered units before work began
Second day of roofing work

Rebuilding Fire Damaged Home on SE Stephens

Repairs to the single-story house at 8923 SE Stephens Street are underway after suffering severe fire damage. The 1953 era home caught fire two years ago and has reminded boarded up until this month. Fire damaged material is now removed, and work to restore the structure is waiting on permit approvals.

At 2:28 AM on January 13th, 2019, a fire started in the home’s kitchen area. The one occupant escaped the flames and smoke coming from the residence with minor injuries. First responders transported that person to a local hospital for treatment. According to the Portland Fire and Rescue report, crews had the fire under control by 2:48 AM. That report estimated damage to the home at $200,000.

Yesterday, repair crews submitted permit 21-002341 after removing siding, windows, and interior wall coverings the previous week. Work proposed in this permit application will only replace the windows and siding of the building. Other permits for electrical and plumbing will come at a later date.

Based on current plans, the building will be rebuilt with the same footprint and internal layout as it previously had. With the structure stripped down to the studs, the interior will be completely new. After a long time, nearby residents are happy to see this house restored to its former appearance and show signs of life again.