Category: View of Montavilla

OnPoint Branch Opens

Last week, the OnPoint 67th & Glisan Branch opened inside the Fred Meyer Grocery store located at 6615 NE Glisan Street. Credit union staff are meeting with walk-in customers six days a week in the newly renovated bank branch, and a new OnPoint branded 24-hour ATM is active next to the grocery store’s south entrance.

OnPoint Community Credit Union is in the midst of the largest expansion in company history, opening twenty new branches located within Fred Meyer stores across Oregon and Southwest Washington. This location previously functioned as a Chase Bank location until late last year, and its departure limited local banking options. This new branch will likely entice residents to create new accounts with OnPoint as few other financial institutions are investing in neighborhood banking.

The location is open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturdays.

Outside signage and OnPoint ATM

New Self-Storage Facility on NE Halsey

UPDATE – This week, crews began work on a four-story storage facility located at 1530 NE 67th Ave. Heavy equipment is resurfacing the site, and a Pile Driver is inserting new steel posts into the property line along NE Halsey Street. The posts will stabilize the road’s edge as soil removal clears the way for the building’s foundation.


Original article posted March 29th, 2021.

A new four-story storage facility will break ground on a long-vacant lot along I84. Located at 1530 NE 67th AveWest Coast Self-Storage has obtained building permits for the new structure and associated site improvements. It will join other nearby storage providers Public Storage and Extra Space Storage.

The project is across the Halsey Street overpass from Montavilla in a location that has reminded vacant for over twenty years. With a value of over Six Million dollars, the project will deliver a substantial building to that corner. Look for construction to begin soon.

Site before construction
Pile Driver is inserting new steel posts
Completed retaining wall May 2021

OnPoint Opening in Fred Meyer

Crews are busy at work transforming the former Glisan Street Chase Bank into an OnPoint Community Credit Union. Located inside the Fred Meyer Grocery store at 6615 NE Glisan Street, the bank space has remained vacant since last December. Freshly painted signage and new teller stations indicate that banking services will soon return to this location.

The swapping of financial institutions is part of the largest branch expansion in OnPoint’s history. The Credit Union agreed in November of 2020 to open twenty new branches located within Fred Meyer stores across Oregon and Southwest Washington. A month later, Cory Freeman became Vice President and Regional Manager of the in-store branches. During that announcement, the Glisan Street Fred Meyer was identified as one of those twenty new locations.

The opening of OnPoint is a welcomed change to a recent trend that is reducing banking options in the Montavilla area. Chase BankUS Bank, and Riverview have all closed or plan to close their nearby branches. Convenient banking is essential to small businesses dealing in cash. This new location may entice local businesses to move their accounts over to OnPoint. Look for the Credit Union to open in the next few months.

US Bank Property Sells to EyeHealth Northwest

Last month, the former US Bank location on NE Glisan street sold to a prominent eye care specialist. On March 5th, a Quick Claim Deed filed with Multnomah county shows United States National Bank of Oregon sold the building, and surrounding parking lot, to EyeHealth Northwest. Located at 6701 NE Glisan Streetthe site has remained vacant since the bank permanently closed in late 2020.  

EyeHealth Northwest operates a chain of eye clinics in the Portland-Metro region. Locations offer optometric services, including eye exams and eyewear sales. This property’s proximity to Providence Medical Center makes this an ideal place for the healthcare provider.

The quick sale of the site is a good indication of NE Glisan’s continued economic growth. Nearby businesses should see an increase in foot traffic when EyeHealth Northwest opens this office.


Disclosure: EyeHealth Northwest employs a relative of the author. However, that person did not provide information about the sale.

New Max Platform at Gateway Station

Last week, planners submitted Design Review request 21-022957 for upgrades at Gateway Transit Center. TriMet will construct a new station platform for the Max Red Line as part of the A Better Red project. The new platform will serve trains traveling from the Portland International Airport towards Portland’s City Center.

Aside from faster travel times for Red Line passengers, this project will bring improvements to the area. The new Max track over the Freeway will include a pedestrian and bicycle bridge to the Gateway Green park. The new platform will be two blocks away from the other stops at the station, requiring a connecting sidewalk along the back edge to the Park and Ride property. With improved lighting, increased activity, and fencing, the security at that parking lot could improve.

Pedestrian and bicycle bridge to the Gateway Green

Construction will begin this year and run through 2023. This transit project should be an exciting upgrade to local infrastructure with improved access to an isolated bike park. A more detailed timeline will take shape later this year as construction permits are submitted.

Looking from current Max platforms towards new Red Line stop

Renderings courtesy of TriMet

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.

Glisan Chase Bank Closed

The Chase Bank, located at 6615 NE Glisan Street, has closed. Situated inside the Fred Meyer grocery store, this branch was one of the last banks providing teller services to the neighborhood. A US Bank branch also closed on Glisan street last October.

The permanence of the branch closure is not confirmed. However, this location disappeared from the Portland branch locater page on Chase’s website. The Chase logo over the bank entrance is now gone, and the space is empty of all furniture. Last week crews removed the built-in teller windows and countertop.

Currently, Fred Meyer appears to have inventory items stored inside the space on pallets. Both Fred Meyer and Chase declined to respond to inquiries regarding this location. A remodel may be planned, but indications point to Chase Bank removing this branch from the area. Being valuable space near the entrance, Fred Meyer will likely repurpose this room sometime in 2021.

US Bank Branch Closing

Montavilla’s closest U.S. Bank branch is closing as part of a statewide reduction. Located at 6701 NE Glisan Street, the 1962 era branch is just outside the boundary of Montavilla. It, along with 26 other Portland branches, will close permanently on November 1st.

The Oregonian published the complete list of closures yesterday, announcing employees at those locations would lose their jobs. Many terminated employees are allowed to reapply for new roles within the company. This round of closures is a relatively large number for the Portland founded banking giant.

Safe deposit customers at this location have until December 1st to retrieve their items. Customers should call 888-713-9299 to arrange access to the safe deposit items.

United States National Bank Of Oregon owns the building on NE Glisan. It is unknown if the bank will sell the property. However, other recently closed U.S. Bank locations have sold after closing. The former branch at 3233 N Lombard Street sold this summer for $1,035,000.

The NE Glisan property spans the block’s entire width between NE 67th Ave and NE 68th Ave. Attached to this property are two full-sized residential lots fronted on NE 68th Ave. They currently provide parking for the bank. This property would be an ideal location for a multistory apartment building with some ground-floor retail. It is high on the Glisan hill, potentially providing excellent views on the upper floors. The site is adjacent to a Fred Meyer grocery store and walking distance from a Max station.

U.S. Bank customers that used this branch should consider visiting the location at 10220 SE Washington Street. Montavilla has very few banks in the area. However, the nature of banking has changed recently, thanks to technology making app-based banking more accessible. With some luck, this location will soon become a beneficial space for the community again.

Expanded Corners Come to 76th

The first Expanded corner of the Busy Streets program came to the corner of SE 76th Ave and SE Washington Street. Composed of paint and white plastic delineators, it extends the corner space out beyond the curb.

Strictly speaking, this corner is on the other side of the street from Montavilla. SE 76th Ave is the west edge of Montavilla between SE Division and E Burnside. It would technically be in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood.

SE Stark Street will also receive corner enhancements at 76th and 80th. Montavilla’s portion of SE Washington Street will get their expanded corners at 80th and 92nd Ave.

The yellow paint chosen is less bright than other street markings seen throughout Portland. Although new, it looks faded. However, it is only a temporary measure to allow distancing at the curb. Ideally, it will become a full extended curb if made permanent as part of the Jade and Montavilla Multimodal Improvements Project.


UPDATE – The crossing of 76th Ave and SE Stark Street in now complete.

House With a View of Montavilla

Just outside of Montavilla, a new house is taking shape at 717 SE 72nd Ave. Although it is outside Montavilla, it is one of the many interesting buildings within eyesight of our neighborhood. This residence with attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), is another development by Wilde Properties.

The most interesting element of this project is its duality. It is essentially a spacious two story house with a studio apartment and garage tucked underneath. This new house is not much higher off the street than the neighboring houses but clevely provides housing density. Due to the grade in the area, most houses sit atop a retaining wall, so although the main floor is starting on the 2nd story, it blends in with the other houses on the street.

717 SE 72nd Ave

The basement level has the single car garage with a door that leads into a utility room. That utility room is shared with the studio apartment and the residents upstairs. The studio apartment has an entrance from the utility room and an exterior stairwell. The kitchen takes up the majority of the apartment’s front third. Off to the back right side of the main room is a full bath and walk in closet. The house residents must go out from the garage through the utility room. The utility room exterior door is to the left of the lifting garage door. Then residents must walk out the driveway to reach the steps at the sidewalk.

The front of the house has a full width covered porch on the second and third floors. Centered on the second floor is the front door, leading to sizable entryway. To the right is the living room. To the left, through double doors, is the den. A small half bathroom is to the left just beyond the den. A guest closet is across the entryway from the bathroom. Walking towards the back of the house, from the entry, you pass the stairs up to the third floor. The hallway opens up to the great room with fireplace. From the great room, the dining room and kitchen are accessible. The kitchen has a large center island.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and the laundry room. The master bedroom occupies near all the right half of the third floor. The bedroom of the master is at the front of the house with double doors leading to the covered porch. At the back is a master bath with double vanities and a spa tub. Further back is a shower, toilet room, linen closet and walk in closet. The second bedroom is at the left front of the third floor. It too has double doors to the covered porch. In the back left is a third bedroom. Next to the third bedroom is the shared full bathroom, with double sinks.

This house offers many features of a larger family home with the added benefit of the apartment below. This would be an excellent option for a multigenerational family home or a property with added income from a rental.