Construction

Construction is a strong indication of growth and progress in the neighborhood. These are all the stories documenting the shopping centers, houses, apartment buildings, duplexes, remodels, additions, and development being added to Montavilla.


Courtyard at Monti’s Cafe

Customers visiting Monti’s Cafe will soon enjoy a fenced courtyard with many amenities. Crews have created brick pillars around the former parking lot in front of the eatery. Soon, wrought iron fence segments will link the pillars together, creating a semi-secluded space for people to enjoy their purchases. A street-side gated entry will remain open during Monti’s…

US Foods CHEF’STORE Painted

This weekend, crews painted the US Foods CHEF’STORE located at 8250 SE Stark Street. This store recently was renamed, and this work is in line with that rebranding effort. The Smart Foodservice Warehouse company built the building in 2019. US Foods acquired the property and 70 other Smart Foodservice locations in early 2020 when purchasing the Smart Foodservice…

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…

New Self-Storage Facility on NE Halsey

A new four-story storage facility will break ground on a long-vacant lot along I84. Located at 1530 NE 67th Ave, West 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…

Curb Ramps at SE 87th and Lincoln

New curb ramps and pedestrian crossing improvements are planned near Harrison Park School. Funding from the Safe Routes to School project will bring a marked crosswalk and new ADA ramps to SE 87th Ave and Lincoln Street. Multiple curb ramps are coming to the sidewalk bordering the school, providing accessible access onto the school grounds. Initially planned for…

New Division Bus Station at 85th

Concrete work is complete on the new bus platform along SE Division Street, east of 85th Ave. It is one of several enhanced bus stations designed for faster public transportation between the outer Southeast and Downtown. TriMet’s Division Transit Project is underway at many points along the busy street, creating new infrastructure improvements.  Over the next year,…

Construction Update on Twin Houses

As expected, both 1430 NE 72nd Ave and 285 SE 90th Ave are nearing completion simultaneously. Property owner Scot Harger chose to build identical houses in different sections of Montavilla. Each uses plan sets from Thogerson Designs, with minor adjustments for the specific lots. Building duplicate houses is standard practice in subdivisions and newer neighborhoods, but they are often near…

Garage Demolished on SE 88th

Earlier this month, crews demolished the detached garage at 8739 SE Washington Street to make way for a new home. Only a concrete slab remains from the original structure. The existing 1947 era home will stay on the property, unaltered by this work. Demolition permit 20-180023 allowed for the deconstruction of the detached garage. Land Use 19-267610 will separate the property…

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…

Harka Building Taking Form

Renovation work recently increased at Harka Architecture‘s new headquarters, located at 7631 NE Glisan Street. Crews are converting the 1940 Art Deco structure into a modern office with a classic style. Alterations to the building are significant. However, the building owner has taken care to keep the original architectural style intact. As an environmentally focused architecture design…

McDonald’s Damaged by Car Crash

Early Tuesday morning, a vehicle collided with McDonald’s on the corner of SE Stark Street and 82nd Ave. The silver 2003 Infiniti attempted to turn onto Stark Street from northbound 82nd Ave at an unsafe speed. The car lost control and collided with the fast-food restaurant, causing damage to a fence and the building. All occupants of…

Dual Townhouses with ADU on NE 90th

Demolition of the structure at 311 NE 90th Ave will make way for two new townhouses. Each unit will include an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and a single-car garage. The homes will stand three-stories tall, making them the tallest residential buildings in the area. Building permit applications 21-014741 and 21-014751 join the approved demolition permit 20-184208 for this project. Each new…

Curb Ramps on SE Mill and 76th

Two new curb ramps are coming to the intersection of SE Mill Street and 76th Ave. The improvements will provide an accessible crossing of SE 76th Ave, near Bridger School’s rear-entrance. Each corner will gain two ramps making crossing points perpendicular to the roads they cross. No previous ramps exist on these corners. However, there…

82nd Food Cart Pod Construction

Demolition crews began work clearing the property that will soon become The Yard At Montavilla. Heavy equipment removed two foundations and other buried remnants from the two houses that once occupied this location. With the ground cleared, work can start on Montavilla’s newest food cart pod. Located at 8220 NE Davis Street, the future food cart pod…

Curb Ramps on SE Morrison

New curb ramps are coming to the intersection of SE Morrison Street and SE 88th Ave. Sections of the sidewalk leading up to the corners will receive some repairs. Due to the larger furnishing zone on these streets, each corner will have two long ramps with a gradual slope. This project is part of The Portland Bureau…

Affordable Housing Survey

This week Metro published a survey seeking input on the affordable housing planned for NE 74th Ave and NE Glisan Street. The development will create up to 150 new apartments for people with 30-60% area median income. The survey is part of early engagement focused on supporting future tenant’s wellbeing and neighborhood benefit. This project’s design phase…

Field Lighting at Multnomah University

Last week Multnomah University applied for a Pre-Application Conference regarding new LED lighting around the existing sports field. This type of land use review shapes the actual permit application to conform with Portland City guidelines. The lighting project is the University’s second enhancement to the athletic field this year. Located at 8435 NE Glisan Street, the project will install Musco Sports…

Glisan Street Church Fenced In

UPDATE – Metal picket fence material now sits behind the church awaiting insulation. Unlike other styles used on the property, this project will not use a chain-link fence. That design choice will likely improve the outward appearance of the barrier. The pending winter storm may delay further work until next week. Original article posted February…

Lighting Upgrades Outside Emmanuel Church

Parking lot upgrades at The Slavic Church Emmanuel are nearing completion. Work on the organization’s outdoor spaces began last October. Now, only the installation of new light poles remains undone. When completed, visitors to the church will have a safe and accessible path into the building. Located at 2025 SE 82nd Ave, this project re-fenced portions of the property,…

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…

Home with ADU on Multnomah Street

A new single-family residence with an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is proposed for NE Multnomah Street. The new building will replace a detached garage located at 1205 NE 70th Ave. In late 2020,  Provision Group requested a land division of this property. Soon it will become two distinct parcels, making way for the new development. Last month, builders continued…

Presentations at Next MNA Meeting

Next Monday, three groups will present information on projects that are shaping Montavilla’s future. Representatives from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), African Youth & Community Organization (AYCO), and Metro will discuss their plans at the February 8th Montavilla Neighborhood Associations (MNA) meeting. Attendees will learn how they can participate in the process and hear details regarding the neighborhood…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Repaving NE Pacific Street

Tomorrow, roadwork begins that will disrupt local traffic on NE Pacific Street east of 82nd Ave. Crews will resurface parts of the roadway to repair damage caused by open trench sewer work. That work began in November of 2020 and is near complete. This recent work is part of an extensive sewer repair and modernization effort in…

Sidewalk Changes at SE 85th and Division

This week, construction crews are working on a portion of SE Division Street as part of the Division Transit Project. Currently, reconstruction of the northwest corner of SE Divisions Street and 85th Ave is underway. The work will remove a none compliment driveway curb cut and create new ADA curb ramps. For a year, construction on…

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…

Spacious House Construction on 72nd

UPDATED – Construction progress pictures added. Original Story from September 22nd, 2020 A new three-level house, located at 1430 NE 72nd Ave, is under construction. In what will likely become the largest house on the block, this five-bedroom house will have around 2,500 square feet of living space. The driveway to this new home slopes down…

New Curb Ramps Completed on 92nd

Construction on updated curb ramps along SE 92nd Ave is nearing completion. The project replaced existing ramps in three areas near the Creative Science School. These ramps provide crosswalk access for SE Main Street and SE 92nd Ave. Although the intersection had existing ramps, they did not have modern accessibility features. The old corners used a…

Another Duplicate House

UPDATED – Construction progress pictures added. Article originally posted October 21st, 2020. The new three-level house, located at 285 SE 90th Ave, is an exact duplicate of one at 1430 NE 72nd Ave. That house is also under construction with a similar completion date. Scot Harger owns both Properties, and Thogerson Designs created the blueprints for the homes. These…

Food Cart Pod Underway

With approved permits expected by the year’s end, Montavilla’s newest food destination could open by Spring. The Yard At Montavilla began development over a year ago. Now, after a long wait for approval, the developers expect to break ground by mid-January. Located at 8220 NE Davis Street, the future food cart pod is across 82nd Ave from Vestal Elementary.…

Division Street Building Rehab

Early Assistance request 20-217421 seeks to revitalize the single-story commercial building at 8827 SE Division Street. The application indicates the building will house two offices. Currently boarded up, the building now has a heavy coating of graffiti. The 1949 era wood-frame building was purchased in mid-2017 by Jian Zhuang Ma and Ximei Huang. The owners have a history…

NE 80th Curb Ramp Construction

UPDATE – Concrete is poured and finished on two of the three sidewalk ramps being built. Original story from December 13th , 2020 Curb ramp construction is underway at the intersection of NE Couch Street on NE 80th Ave. For the better part of a year, painted marks on the street outlined the project’s footprint. Recently…

Cell Tower Upgrade Along I205

Permit application 20-222655 is under review for a wireless tower located at 2248 SE 92nd Ave. The site, situated in the parking lot of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, is adjacent to the I205 Multi-use Path. Work will provide upgraded radio and transmission equipment. The project will add three antennas and three remote radio units to the tower. One…

TriMet Testing New Bus Shelters on Division

This week, TriMet tested a prototype bus shelter for the Division Transit Project. This installation validated the real-world functionality ahead of construction. Permanent deployments along the 15-mile project route will begin in 2021. Engineered for space-constrained stops along SE Division Street, the new shelter’s versatile design can expand into larger spaces while maintaining a constant appearance.…

New Home Joins Existing House

A proposed two-story home will join an existing single-story house on the property at 1316 NE 76th Ave. The 1923 era home will remain on the lot with the new structure. Future property line adjustments may occur to accommodate a sale. Permit 20-219283 seeks to construct a new single-family house with an attached single-car garage. This property is…

Demolition at Multnomah University

Multnomah University will demolish one building on its campus to provide expanded athletics space. Part of the field expansion requires the removal of a few nearby trees. The University recently submitted demolition permit 20-217562 to begin work on the project at 8435 NE Glisan Street. “This permit is to demolish the Campus Support Services Building and to cut down…

Union Rose Moving Locations on Stark

Union Rose is moving down the street to a new storefront at 8029 SE Stark Street. Currently, they are located a block east on the same side of Stark Street. The larger space will allow for more onsite manufacturing of women’s clothing and expanded gift-items available in the shop. Owner Rita Hudson-Evalt was excited to find a…

Crosswalk Signal Repair at 82nd

Repairs are underway replacing damaged crosswalk signaling equipment at the corner of 82nd Ave and NE Glisan Street. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) workers are onsite replacing equipment damaged by a vehicle collision. The nearby TriMet sign still lays flat, bent to the ground at its base. This intersection continues to be hazardous with several recent…

Fire Damage Remodel on Washington

A whole-house remodel is underway at 9230 SE Washington Street. Fire damage to the property requires replacing the roof’s structure and a complete interior remodel. Permit 20-176364 calls for a “new trussed roof to replace fire damaged roof. Complete interior remodel to include new bedroom and 1/2 bathroom. Remove patio cover at rear of structure.” Work on…

82nd Ave Mural Guidance Meeting

A new mural is coming to the corner of 82nd Ave and NE Glisan as part of the Jacksons’ gas station redevelopment. Hector H. Hernandez will create the public artwork in the ceramic-tile mosaic style. However, community participation in guiding the mural project is needed. Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) will host an online meeting to solicit public input regarding the art…

Garage Razed on Yamhill

The garage located at 8115 SE Yamhill Street was demolished this week. A recent splitting of the lot into two parcels necessitated the removal of the structure. The garage straddled the new property-line, with the majority of the structure on the new property. A sale is pending on the now vacant lot to the west…