Category: New Residence

Affordable Housing Site Divides

On August 8th, Oregon Metro filed a Land Use Review application to re-plat the existing lots that currently comprise 432 NE 74th Avenue. This work will reshape the site to create distinct properties for each new low-income building planned for the site. Interested persons have until 5 p.m. on September 12th, 2022, to provide email comments to the Bureau of Development Services planner.

By early 2023, demolition crews will remove the former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) building at the NE Glisan site. Once crews clear the old TV studio, the developer will begin constructing 137 units of affordable housing split between two four-story buildings. The development will contain a wide assortment of apartments ranging from studio to four-bedroom units. All housing created by this project will serve families and individuals earning 30% or 60% of Area Median Income (AMI).

Site Map from re-plat application LU 22-128996 RP

The smaller structure at the northwest corner of the site will offer 41 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) reserved for Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), seniors, and people experiencing homelessness. This structure will occupy Parcel 1 of the re-platted property and cover most of the 11,016 square foot lot. Catholic Charities will provide case management and services to PSH tenants.

Parcel 2 will contain the larger “U” shaped building that provides the remaining 96 units of family-focused housing. Additionally, the 45,469 square feet lot will hold all site parking and courtyard amenities for the development. Management will reserve residences in this building for BIPOC, immigrant, refugee, and intergenerational families. Homes will range in floor space from 400 square feet to 1,200 square feet, with rents ranging from $507 to $1,616 per month. Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) will provide resident services at the family housing property.

Glisan and 74th Affordable Housing project’s site plan

Although the site will function harmoniously to meet affordable housing goals, each building has a specific focus and management organization that needs autonomy from each other. Separating the site into multiple parcels allows each facility to operate as an individual organization. Parcel 1 will become 7450 NE Glisan, and Parcel 2 will have the address of 451 NE 75th Avenue. Construction of each building could begin independently once this property division is approved. Expect to see this Land Use Review application approved within the next few months, ahead of the anticipated project ground-breaking in early 2023. The City has a website for those interested in following the project’s progress, and public comments will remain open for another twelve days.

Large Mixed-use Development on NE 102nd

Tomorrow, Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will conduct a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a mixed-use development at 811 NE 102nd Avenue. The developer’s proposal includes 199 housing units and approximately 22,000 square feet of ground floor commercial and residential amenity space. The eighteen proposed buildings at the site are up to three stores tall and offer a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units. 

The development’s commercial spaces are concentrated along NE 102nd Avenue, wrapping around the corner of NE Pacific Street. Developers will locate residential amenity space along the remaining street frontage of NE Pacific Street. Perpendicular parking spaces line the private streets throughout the complex, hidden behind the mixed-use buildings along the property’s edge. 

Residents will access parking from NE 102nd Avenue. However, the project has a 32-foot-wide dedication on the property’s southern edge in alignment with NE Oregon Street. That indicates a forthcoming road extension connecting NE Oregon Street with NE 100th Avenue after the David Douglas School District redevelops its adjacent property to the west. That would allow additional vehicle access to the site.

This large project would trigger sidewalk improvements, creating a fifteen-foot-wide pedestrian zone along NE 102nd Avenue and NE Pacific Street. This project is within walking distance of the Gateway Transit center and across the street from Fred Meyer Grocery. Although this location has sufficient bus and Max service, the project includes 148 parking spaces.

This mixed-use project is in early development, and the design will likely change before the developers submit permit applications. However, this long-vacant lot could soon become the home for many people seeking housing in this area. Expect to hear more about this site in 2023 as plans begin to take shape.

Two House Project on NE 93rd

Work is complete for both 717 NE 93rd Avenue and 713 NE 93rd Avenue. The property sold earlier this year and the back house is currently listed to rent.

Article update originally published September 28th, 2021

Work is starting to shift forward on the development located at 717 NE 93rd Ave. In February of this year, crews completed foundation work on the three-story residence situated at the back of the property. Now, the back home is nearly complete, and work is beginning on the front house. Both detached structures will share a single lot.

Original article published February 3rd, 2021

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

1905 House Deconstruction on NE Glisan

The new owner of 7132 NE Glisan Street intends to deconstruct the house and detached shed to make way for a future housing development. DEZ Development bought the corner lot in late May and applied for a demolition permit earlier this month. Designers are currently working on plans for the replacement housing coming to this site.

When approved, demolition crews will clear the lot of all structures and fill the basement cavity. Although most buildings near this property are business-oriented, DEZ Development is committed to building housing at this location. Realtors had listed the hundred-year-old home as a fixer-up-er, and interior pictures of the house indicate significant neglect. Previous owners of the 1,568-square-foot home failed to upgrade or maintain the structure over its many years.

800 E. Glisan Sanborn Map 1909

When constructed in 1905, the home had an address of 800 E. Glisan. By 1920, it was renumbered to 1834 East Glisan and owned by R. S. Wildemuth. The owner and his home were featured in an advertisement for Sibloco Pipeless Furnace in The Oregon daily journal of October 31st, 1920. This home changed to its current address after the Great Portland Renumbering in the early 1930s.

NE Glisan Street has significantly changed since 1905. Once the lifeblood of the neighborhood, the Montavilla streetcar running down its center ended service by the 1950s. Residences along the street gave way to businesses. Automotive traffic has increased significantly since then, making Glisan an arterial roadway. However, the neighborhood is changing again with a return of housing and small businesses catering to local residents. With luck, the replacement housing built on this site will accommodate a new generation of people calling NE Glisan their home.

1834 E Glisan Sanborn Map 1928

Church Opens Family Shelter for August

Last Tuesday night, Ascension Catholic Church conducted a training session for community volunteers. Starting July 31st and running through August, the worship facility at 743 SE 76th Avenue will operate as a Family Promise Metro East shelter. During those four weeks, the location will host three to five families. The program aims to prevent families with minor children from sleeping on the street.

Family Promise Metro East is an affiliate of the nationwide Family Promise organization that mobilizes volunteers to help fight houselessness. They employ a rotational shelter model that houses people in one location for a minimum of one week and then relocates the group to a new location in NE or SE Portland. This model reduces the burden placed on donated facilities and volunteer staff. Michele Veenker, Executive Director of Family Promise Metro East, explained that the rotational shelter model benefits the community beyond helping the unhoused. “We have so many stereotypes and so much misinformation [about houselessness]. This gives people a chance to be involved, seeing it for what it is, which is not always what people think.” Veenker feels that by moving the shelters throughout Portland, more communities have an opportunity to support families and learn about those without consistent shelter.

Although volunteers are encouraged to learn from their experience passively, the families in the program are not on display. At the training event, Veenker stressed the importance of guest privacy. That begins by avoiding questions about how a person became unhoused and extends to probing questions about someone’s past. She explained that families seeking this kind of support are already stressed, and many are dealing with trauma. Some people talk through those situations, and others prefer to stay silent. It is not the responsibility of the volunteers to counsel the guests.

Michele Veenker leading a volunteer training

Although hosted inside a religious organization, Family Promise does not allow proselytizing. “All of [our partners] are churches so far, but one of my goals is to hopefully get some other community involvement. Because we are not a religious-based order or faith-based organization at all, but we work a lot with churches,” explained Veenker. The organization’s core focus is addressing housing insecurity among children. “Every child deserves a warm and dry bed at night, and so that’s our leading edge. We want our children to be housed in some place that’s safe and warm,” said Veenker.

During the four weeks that Ascension Catholic Church will participate in this program, up to 14 guests will arrive in the evening from the Family Promise Metro East day center. Volunteers will have prepared dinner for the families and help serve the meal. They also prepare lunch assembly stations for guests to make food for the next day. A specially trained volunteer drives the minibus between the rotating shelter locations and the day center at the Community of Christ church.

During the school year, guests return to the day center early, allowing kids to catch their school bus from a fixed location. The daytime facility has computers, showers, and laundry facilities. For kids, they have books and toys. There is an Art Room and a Nursery for the younger children. Parents are responsible for looking after their children at the day center and shelter. Although grouped together, family autonomy is respected and required.

Family Promise Metro East only has two full-time employees and is not staffed to offer wraparound services. Within the program, volunteers perform the majority of the work. Funding comes from donations, and the partner churches provide food. They have benefited from successful fundraising but will need more funds to continue this program. Although Family Promise is 30 years old, and the Portland affiliate has existed for several years, this incarnation of the 501c3 organization is just getting off the ground. They only began hosting families again last Sunday after several years without guests. The last few years have centered on building relationships and securing locations for the rotational shelter program.

Many host organizations will only offer space for one week every quarter, four times a year. Ascension Catholic Church is using its school space for this program. Consequentially, they chose to fulfill their year’s worth of support all at once during August, as school rooms are unused during the summer. 

Family Promise Metro East still needs other groups with available facilities to participate. People can coordinate as volunteers or donate funds at the organization’s website. Families looking for shelter support can find information on the site’s support page. Families are defined by who the children in the group identify as their family unit. Because of the communal nature of the program, all guests are asked to remain sober and have a criminal background check free of violent offenses. Regretfully, Family Promise Metro East is not staffed or organized in a way that can protect people in an active domestic abuse situation. Specialty organizations that can maintain security and anonymity work best for families dealing with domestic abuse.

People interested in volunteering should contact Family Promise Metro East. They need onsite and remote support from people all over Portland and Southwest Washington. Neighbors around Ascension Catholic Church will likely not notice anything different during August, but they can feel good about the help offered within the building next door.

Four Townhomes on SE 78th

Construction crews recently completed framing work at 725-731 SE 78th Avenue. Soon, roofers will cover the hipped-roof, and glaziers will install the numerous windows. Once the exterior of the building is sealed up, workers will focus on the interior finishings of the four new townhomes.

Article originally published April 22nd, 2022.

Work is underway preparing 705 SE 78th Avenue for the addition of four new townhomes. Each of the two-story units contains a pair of bedrooms above with a bonus room on the main level. The original 1940s home will remain on its own lot with only minor modifications to the breezeway-attached garage.

GPB Development purchased the property in 2019 and began permit work in late 2021. A lot line adjustment will split the property into a north and south half. The owners walled in the garage door that had opened onto the alley. The new townhouses will now block vehicle access from the south. Recently, excavation crews added new large diameter gravel to the alley to support the heavy equipment accessing the construction site.

Image from Google Maps

Each new home features a similar floor plan. However, the street-facing residence differs subtly. That townhouse has an inverted layout compared to the other three units, and its doorway faces east. Residents access the other homes from the north. Plans call for a spacious entryway, full bathroom, and den with double doors at the front of the main floors. The back of the units combine an open kitchen and a living room. The second floors have two bedrooms with walk-in closets. Designers compartmentalized the shared three-quarters bathroom located between the bedrooms. Residents can close off the toilet or shower from the central double vanity room, maximizing the concurrent use of that space.

Site map showing unit placement on lot with paved pathway and back patio

The City assigned address 725-731 SE 78th Avenue to the new townhouses, numbered from west to east. A small staircase from the street leads to a walkway that guides visitors to the front of each unit. Large sliding glass doors open onto a covered back patio space adjacent to the alleyway.

The architect employs several design elements that obscure the scale of this development. A shared hipped-roof and street-facing door on the first unit gives the appearance of a single-family residence. Recessed doorways hide the number of entryways, and consistent porch rooflines tie the whole building together. Looks for foundation work to begin soon, with principle construction occurring this summer.

Twelve Townhouses Underway on SE 86th

Last April, demolition crews deconstructed the 1947-era single-family residence at 416 SE 86th Avenue. Now, heavy equipment is clearing the property, preparing the site to host twelve townhomes. City staff issued construction permits for the new density housing on June 28th, triggering this current work.

The total volume of buildable land becomes apparent with all trees and shrubbery cleared from the property. At 88 feet wide by 111 feet deep, this lot has just enough space to construct the two structures needed to hold twelve townhomes. The developers placed the units closer to the commercial building to the south, allowing for a slightly wider buffer zone between the single-family residence to the north.

All units are two stories tall and feature dual bedrooms with attached bathrooms. The main level utilizes an open floor plan with the kitchen centered between the dining area at the front of the residence and a living room towards the back. Designers placed a small ground-floor half-bathroom under the stairs and situated the laundry closet on the second floor between the two bedrooms. All units have a partially covered patio accessed from the living room through a sizeable three-panel sliding glass door.

When completed, each townhouse will receive an evenly-numbered unique address starting with 380 SE 86th Avenue and ending with 394 SE 86th Avenue. Residents will access ten of the twelve units from a shared center walkway, with the two westward homes having front doors opening onto the street. Crews will construct a shared trash enclosure and bike barn on the property’s eastern edge.

  • 380 SE 86th Avenue
  • 378 SE 86th Avenue
  • 376 SE 86th Avenue
  • 374 SE 86th Avenue
  • 372 SE 86th Avenue
  • 370 SE 86th Avenue
  • 384 SE 86th Avenue
  • 386 SE 86th Avenue
  • 388 SE 86th Avenue
  • 390 SE 86th Avenue
  • 392 SE 86th Avenue
  • 394 SE 86th Avenue

The size of this project is not unique to the area but is indicative of the changing density in the neighborhood. It is currently unknown if townhomes like this will assist with the general affordability of housing in Portland. However, units like these are often occupied soon after construction and fit a niche in the housing market.

Update August 14th, 2022: Crews assembled concrete forms for the souther building’s foundation.

7 Townhomes Proposed on NE 73rd near Glisan

Last week, the new owners of 432 NE 73rd Avenue submitted building permit applications to construct seven new townhomes on the property. This standard 50-foot wide lot abuts an apartment building to its rear and a parking lot to the north. The new residences will replace the 1924-era single-family home, garage, and shed on the site.

Each of the seven townhomes will span two floors. A separate Site Development permit seeks to create shared walkways, landscaping, and other infrastructure for the future residents. The developer has yet to submit demolition permits for the home and detached garage. However, references to the impending deconstruction of the house are present in the other permit applications.

1928 Sanborn Map showing E 73rd Street undeveloped

The property’s existing home appears to predate its current location by 25 years. Maps from 1928 do not show any buildings at that location or the surrounding lots. Before 1928, E. 73rd Street ended north of E Glisan Street. 73rd started again south of E Stark Street. Consequently, most homes built on this segment of 73rd Avenue date back to the 1930s and 1940s. However, a plumbing permit from August 30th, 1949, indicates the owner of 432 NE 73rd Avenue relocated the structure to its current location from 320 NE 39th Avenue. The permit’s notation about the move explains the discrepancy between the map data and Portland’s official age of the home.

1949 Plumbing Permit for 432 NE 73rd Ave

Although past developers saved the nearly 100-year-old home once before, it now looks like its removal is needed to make way for new housing. The added density provided by the townhomes will dramatically increase the number of families living on the property, and better fit the growing density along NE Glisan. Expect demolition to occur this fall, with construction likely starting later in the year.

1909 Sanborn Map showing E 73rd Street ending at E Glisan

Update: On July 15th, the developer submitted the demolition permits for this project.

Infill House on Burnside with Hidden Parking

Construction crews are wrapping up work on a two-story single-family residence at  7171 E Burnside Street. The sizable infill-home features four bedrooms and a single-car garage accessed from the back of the property. At the builder’s current pace, the new home could become available for purchase this fall.

Original article published February 18th, 2022

This week, construction crews prepared a new flag lot on E Burnside for a forthcoming single-family residence. Located at a recently created address of 7171 E Burnside Street, the two-story home will feature four bedrooms and a single-car garage. Unlike most infill-homes with the garage door dominating the front of the structure, designers of this house placed the attached garage behind the home.

Plans for the home show a 27-foot wide home extending back 42 feet. The front door sits between a half-bathroom and a ground-floor bedroom at the front of the house. The floor opens up to a living room and dining room from the entryway. The open floor-plan creates a long 33-foot by 16-foot room, ending in a kitchen at the rear of the house. A ductless fireplace with TV hookups above the mantel is at the center of the main floor. A door from the dining room leads to the single-car garage positioned at the northeast corner of the structure and setback nine feet from the northern edge of the home. This recessed placement allows a vehicle to make the 90 degrees turn from the ally into the parking space.

Up a flight of stairs, a ten-foot by ten-foot bedroom and a shared bathroom occupy the front of the second floor. A large family room and another ten-foot by ten-foot bedroom take up the center portion of this level. At the back of the house, a bedroom suite fills the remainder of the floor. Inside that room, a walk-in closet over half the size of the standard bedrooms sits to the right. The 16-foot by 12-foot main bedroom features a tray ceiling with a suspended fan. The ensuite has a shower, spa tub, toilet room, and dual vanity.

The project’s layout and design adhere to contemporary higher-end home construction standards. However, limitations created by the site’s location moved the project towards a classical arrangement. For many years, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has asked developers to place new driveways on side streets, reducing possible collisions on arterial roads like E Burnside. That directive influenced the need for a driveway entrance from NE 72nd Avenue. The Developers took additional space from the original property at 7 NE 72nd Avenue and created an alleyway leading to the rear of the new property.

Portland Maps image of 7171 E Burnside

Before WWII, most homes hid parking behind the house. It was not until the 1950s that most new homes placed the garage prominently at the front of a residence. Over the decades, the width of a house’s garage door signaled the homeowner’s prosperity. That valuation has recently decreased with changing perceptions status symbols.

Although vehicle storage is no longer a key sign of wealth, many new infill homes still offer attached garages, often requiring two-thirds the width of a home. This layout pushes living space to the back of the building, sometimes isolating occupants from the activities in the community. Although this building’s design may not have intently looked to the pre-war designs of American architecture, the benefit of placing the parking at the rear should create a more attractive building and perhaps encourage other builders to reconsider a vehicle’s place in the home.

Demolition on NE Holladay Street

In March, Riverside Carpentry purchased 8225 NE Holladay Street and now plans to demolish the 100-year-old single-family residence. A second demolition permit seeks to remove the detached garage and shed simultaneously. The property is adjacent to the Don Pedro Mexican Food restaurant on 82nd Avenue and outside the residential section of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Map. Consequentially, the permits are not subject to a 35-Day Demolition Delay.

In the early 1900s, the property housed a small cottage on the land with an original address of 2049 Holladay Ave. Ivan Swift purchased that home sometime after 1911. According to the Sunday Oregonian, the Swift family celebrated the birth of their daughter at that home on September 5th, 1918. Sometime late in the 1920s, the Swifts updated the house, installing a sewer line and running water.

2049 East Holladay Ave Sanborn Maps 1924

The two-bedroom, one bathroom, 489-square-foot home’s real estate listing shows very few updates over its 100 years. However, it has received at least one addition at the back of the building, expanding the structure. The property is now zoned Commercial Mixed Use 2 and could support a variety of medium-scale redevelopment. Projects in this zone generally support four stories, except in locations where bonuses allow up to five levels and offer a mixed commercial and residential use.

Expect demolition crews onsite in the next few months. Workers will also remove the driveway’s curb cut, cap the sewer, and fill the basement cavity. Look for updates when the developer submits building permits for the replacement structure.