Category: Renovation

1928 Remodel on NE 70th

Provision Group is wrapping up a remodel at 1205 NE 70th Ave. Originally built in 1928, the house received several alterations over the decades before this most recent work. Late last year, developers bought the property and split the lot into two parcels. They intend to build a new structure where the detached garage currently stands.

The home barely resembles its original form, having been transformed by previous remodels. Decades ago, the owners expanded the second floor by removing half of the pitched roof to expand the bedrooms to the outer edge of the building. The alteration created a near-flat roof in the front of the house and dramatically changed the building’s appearance. 

The most recent upgrades addressed internal functionality and outward esthetics. Inside the house, crews constructed a second bathroom on the top floor. An upgraded Electric Panel adds capacity for the new bathroom and a rewiring of the existing bathroom on the main floor. The unfinished basement received five additional lights to brighten the space.

Outside, crews enlarged the front-facing second-story windows and added a small vent window between them. The exterior of the building received new siding painted with a white base and black trim. Square wood columns replaced the metal portico supports. Modern horizontal slat metal railings extend from the house and down along the stairs. Permit 21-015771 added a new 9-foot by 28-foot parking pad accessed by a new driveway onto NE 70th Ave. This addition will replace the onsite parking for residents, now that the previous parking is part of the new 6975 NE Multnomah Street property.

Expect this property to become available to purchase soon. Work on the new residence behind it could follow sometime after this home sells. The remodel repurposed the original home efficiently, without excessive waste. Although not a historical restoration, it better unifies the mixed-up renovations of the past.

New Plaza Owners Bet on Retail Growth

The 82nd Street Plaza building recently sold to a group of investors who see opportunity in Montavilla’s expanding downtown. Located at 322 SE 82nd Ave, this 1963 era building sits mid-block just north of Stark Street. The new owners will transform the location through building-wide upgrades that enhance the property’s appearance and functionality.

The owners of this property predict that Montavilla’s retail core is expanding towards this block, provided they create an enticing destination. “This building has a lot of potential… it just needs a facelift and a pivot in the leasing in order to pop,” explained Bob Thomas, one of the building’s owners. The investors are committed to updating the building inside and out, including the already rented spaces. All current tenants received offers to extend leases and negotiate improvement to their units. “Most of our ground-floor tenants have expressed a desire to stay,” said Thomas.

The three-story building has four ground-floor retail shops. Oregon Grown operates both a dispensary and the OG Garden Supply at either end of the building. The All Ways Warm fireplace store was the building’s previous owner and will maintain a retail space on the property. Bánh Mì Nam Lộc Deli occupies the other center spot next to All Ways Warm. The second floor is currently empty, having previously rented to a single tenant who vacated the building before its sale. The basement level has remained unused since the closing of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in 2014.

Over the next few weeks, the building’s exterior will dramatically change. Darker paint and a cedar-siding band above the first floor will change the current color palette of the building. Crews permanently removed green awnings from the structure, and soon the building will feature a new name. The 82nd Street Plaza will become known as Annex, referencing Montavilla Town’s expansion to this section of 82nd Ave.

UPDATE – Completed exterior

Work is well underway. The parking lot is clear of the extra sheds and storage containers that once cluttered the property. Painters are prepping the building for its new colors, and replacement business signs are already on order for each retail unit.

The second-floor office space was not in rentable condition due to its many alterations over the years. Previous to the external work, all interior finishes on the top floor were removed down to the framing, providing a blank canvas for future tenants. The 5,000 square-foot space is currently available for leases by a single business or divided into several suites.

The property spans five tax lots, with three of them used only for parking. Thomas explained that “there is ample parking at the property currently,” and it’s excessive for the building’s needs. Consequently, the owners are exploring the addition of a food cart pod to the property.

Investment at this level in Montavilla indicates a positive shift for the area. Substantial economic advances will take years to materialize, but this building’s facelift will provide visible proof that change is coming. Businesses interested in leasing space at this location should contact Peak Asset Management by phone or email at (503) 567-8692 and info@peakassetmgt.com.

82nd Street Plaza days before exterior work started

Ya Hala Repaints Logo

Yesterday, painters replaced the marquee logo at Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine. The updated sign adds color behind lowercase “ya hala” text. The previous text featured a thin monochrome font reading “Ya Hala Lebanese Plates – Established 1999.”

Located at 8005 SE Stark Street, the staple of Montavilla Town last painted their building in 2016. The update is an inspiring indication of our community’s gradual reopening after a year of COVID-19 restrictions.

Ya Hala from 2016

Fire Repairs Approved on SE Stephens

With permit 21-002341 now approved, work can proceed at 8923 SE Stephens Street. Crews recently replaced the roof and covered the exterior walls in house wrap ahead of siding installation. The 1953 era home caught fire two years ago, remaining uninhabitable and empty until now.

Soon new windows will seal off the structure from the elements, allowing interior restorations to begin. The proposed work will retain the original floor plan of the single-story home. When completed, this property will appear completely new. Only small elements of the original house will remain visible. It is unknown if the property will be listed for sale after the repairs are complete.

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

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

House from Split Lot for Sale

A recently renovated house at 8115 SE Yamhill Street is for sale. Demolition of the garage at this location recently facilitated a property split, creating two distinct lots. A new fence bisects the old driveway and marks the new property line.

Listed by RareBird Real Estate, images of the completed house are available on Redfin. New windows and a completely refreshed interior revitalized this 1917 house. Five bedrooms and two bathrooms in the house offer ample interior space. A well-lit and functional unfinished basement sits below the two-story home. 

Development of the new vacant lot to the west will eventually obscure the old property line. Currently, the driveway and demolished garage’s foundation stands out at this site. However, many aspects of this project are well executed. This building’s rehab respected the structure of the 100-year-old home while making it modern and energy-efficient. It should provide a comfortable space for its future owners.

Fenced driveway
Driveway before the fence

Fire Damage Repair on Alder

Renovations of the single-family residence at 9341 SE Alder Street are well underway. The house suffered fire damage last year. Until recently, work focused on the interior of the structure. A recent permit application indicates a new phase of the project.

Permit application 20-225624 seeks to repair fire and water damage caused by the accident. The permit also addresses holes in the roof being patched. A complete re-wire of the home’s electrical system is in process. Permit 20-206197 covers that re-wire work and installation of new 200-amp service to the house.

New windows throughout the home are the only visible signs of renovation work at this location. However, soon work on the roof will signal the revival of this damaged property. Other exterior upgrades are likely as burn marks are still visible on the front door.

2011 listing for the property includes photos of the building’s interior before the fire. This damaging event looks to be a catalyst for positive changes to the home. When completed, this will be a fitting update for the 1949 era house.

Pho Kim’s 2021 Reopening

Vietnamese restaurant Phở Kim closed on June 1st after an early morning fire. Located at 2204 SE 82nd Ave, the building suffered damage to its roof near the mechanical systems. A new building permit indicates imminent repairs after months of delays and an early 2021 opening.

Yesterday, permit application 20-222762 started the review process for restoration work to the building’s roof. The minor fire damage appeared to be a quick repair based on outward appearances. The online message announcing the temporary closure indicated staff believed it was only a momentary disruption. “We hope we are able to resume service soon.” The next update announced December would be the likely opening date. However, the last update postponed that date.

With a building permit in process, there is a high likelihood that repairs will occur in early 2021. Pho Kim’s opening could take place months beyond the completion of work, but their online messaging demonstrates an eagerness to start cooking again. Watch the Phở Kim website for announcements regarding an opening date.

Mike Grady’s post fire drone footage from June 1st, 2020.

Consecutive updates from the Pho Kim website

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

UPDATE:

Unfortunately, there has been a delay in the repairs and we will sadly not be reopening in December. We thank you for being patient with us during these tricky times. We will keep you updated as we move forward.

Happy Holidays from our team at Pho Kim! 💛

We have recently received news that we should be reopening in December. Can’t wait to see you all then!

Dear Beloved Customers,

We are regretful to announce that Pho Kim had caught on fire the early morning of June 1st and will be undergoing repairs soon. Unfortunately, this means we will have to be closed temporarily until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. We hope we are able to resume service soon.

Sincerely,

Pho Kim Staff

Fire Damage Repair on Main Street

A recent permit application at 8019-8039 SE Main Street seeks to repair a fire-damaged roof. A fire on April 2nd caused damage to two units at the Montavilla apartment complex. The fire sent one resident to the hospital and forced three others to relocate.

The permit application 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.”