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.


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…

New Sidewalks and Bike Lanes on Market Street

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…

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…

PCC Cellphone Tower Upgrade

Upgrades are coming to a cellphone tower located on the main building’s rooftop at Portland Community College (PCC). Permit application 20-211707 describes the replacement of existing cellular communication equipment. This project is part of a batch of permits performing similar enhancements at other tower sites. The permit seeks to remove eight antennas and replace them with six…

Single-Family House with Large ADU

UPDATE – Framing on the single-family house with ADU project at 342 NE 78th Ave is complete. Soon windows and siding will cover the building, making way for interior work. UPDATE – Permit 20-140370 is approved. – September 14th, 2020 Original story from August 31st, 2020. The single-family house with ADU project at 342 NE 78th…

New Greenway Survey

Dubbed the 70s Greenway, Portland’s newest bicycle and pedestrian path will run through Montavilla. Before finalizing plans, PBOT needs input from residents to help shape the project’s design. The Greenway will travel parallel to 82nd Ave, but contrary to its name, for the vast majority of its path through Montavilla will run on 80th Avenue.…

342 NE 75th Finished and Sold

The house at 342 NE 75th Ave is complete and now pending sale. This infill home started principle construction five months ago and kept to a consistent work schedule. Promotional pictures of the completed home show white walls and countertops to match the exterior paint color. Lightly stained hardwood floors extend through the open floor-plan’s main level. Many modern and…

Curb Ramp Work at SE 91st and Burnside

UPDATE – New curb ramps are completed at SE 91st Ave and E Burnside Frontage Road. Update from October 11th, 2020. UPDATE – New curb ramps are under construction at SE 91st Ave and E Burnside Frontage Road. The old curbs and sidewalk are now removed. The ground is prepared with crushed rock for reconstruction.…

Replaced Bus Shelter at 82nd and Glisan

A new bus shelter on NE Glisan Street replaces the one damaged last month. On September 25th, a vehicle collided with the previous weather enclosure. At the time, TriMet did not have replacement shelters available. The new unit is brighter colored than the damaged shelter. Painted blue, it matches colors used on TriMet busses and trains.…

NE Pacific Street Sewer Repair

A two-year-long sewer repair project in Montavilla is coming to an end. One of the last segments needing completion is near Montavilla Park, on Pacific Street, east of 82nd Ave. Work begins Monday and could continue for up to two months. The Montavilla North and South Sewer Repair project started July 12, 2018. The project…

Church Parking Lot Upgrade

Enhancements to SE 80th Ave’s paving and sidewalks have encouraged improvements to private property along that road. The Slavic Church Emmanuel has undergone an upgrade project to its parking lot, creating a new entrance onto SE 80th Ave. The new fence, gate, and lighting are nearing completion. At the beginning of this year, SE 80th…

New Park Picnic Shelter in 2021

Pre-construction work passed another milestone last week for the new picnic shelter at Montavilla Park. Demolition of the old shelter and wading pool will make way for the updated picnic space. “Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff are making good progress in planning and have secured the needed permits. PP&R will be moving the design…

Art Deco Restoration

Construction is underway at the small Art Deco building located at 7631 NE Glisan Street. Restoration plans for this building started back at the beginning of 2020, but past permit issues caused work delays. Constructed in 1940 as a dentist’s office, it’s the loan example of Art Deco architecture in the area. “The original owner was…

Duplicate Infill Houses

Under construction at 8014 SE Madison Street, the new three-bedroom house shares the exact layout as another recently completed house in Montavilla. 1328 NE 76th Ave by Wilde Properties completed construction at the beginning of the year. Both houses use the same plan set provided by Thogerson Designs. The listing for 1328 NE 76th Ave contains some interior images. However,…

NE Glisan Bus Shelter Destroyed and Removed

An automobile destroyed another prominent Montavilla bus stop late last week. Friday, September 25th, crews removed the broken bus shelter along NE Glisan near 82nd Ave. The shelter served the number 19 Bus stop in front of the Montavilla Community Center. Tia York, Public Information Officer for TriMet, confirmed the reason for its removal. “The…

Cellphone Tower Upgrade Second Attempt

The T-Mobile Cellphone Tower, located on the Public Storage property at 1621 NE 71st Ave, will receive an upgrade. Work proposed in permit application 20-194224 will encompass some of the work proposed in February of this year. Permit 20-120469 issued to towers managed Crown Castle on March 4th. However, the online records for the old permit are no longer accessible. Now, 20-194224…

Pacific Plaza Ready for Tenants

Pacific Plaza anchors the busy intersection of 82nd Ave and SE Division. The new retail building finished construction this week and is now seeking tenants. This building represents a significant advancement in the area’s redevelopment, as it transforms into a pedestrian-centric commercial corridor. The retail location, clad in dark brick, features a towering central entryway of…

Mt Tabor Villas Opens to Residents

The twelve unit apartment building at 475 NE 74th Ave has completed construction and is now ready to rent. Named Mt Tabor Villas, this near Glisan Street building sits behind the Candle Light Restaurant. It features many high-end finishes that should attract renters to the area. Project owner, John Olson, took over this development from another group that…

Mosaic’s Artist Considered

Board members reviewed the works of artist Hector H Hernandez at the September 14th Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting. Hernandez is the preferred candidate to create Montavilla’s newest piece of public art. MNA is working with Jacksons Food Stores to create a tile-mosaic as part of the new gas station and store at 515 NE…

Stein Haus Building Demolition

The dilapidated building at 2366 SE 82nd Ave is set to be demolished in the coming weeks. CSS Properties LLC owns this building and the new Pacific Plaza building next door. It is being removed ahead of a future development project at this site. Demolition Permit 20-187725 seeks to demolish the restaurant and bar. The application notes this is…

12 Unit Apartment on SE 90th

The southeast corner of Montavilla will gain an impressive 12 unit apartment building offering a wide range of different sized residences, with some onsite parking. Located at 2444 SE 90th Ave, the project has affordability and housing diversity at its core. This development aims to bridge the gap between the working class homes around it and the urbanized…

Construction Beginning at Madison Street Infill Home

Heavy equipment is on-site at 8014 SE Madison Street ahead of construction work. A new building permit for a single-family residence was recently issued. The two-story home with one car garage took six months to receive approval. A fresh spread of crushed rock forms a temporary driveway on the site after many months of inactivity. Plans are not yet available for…

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…

Store and Gas Station at NE 82nd and Glisan

A replacement convenience store and gas station’s site plan reveals an attractive property with many new public spaces. At a Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting earlier in the year, the architect for this project presented his designs. The presentation included a Site Plan and Implementation Plan for the new Jacksons convenience store and gas station…

The New Boomtown

In a scene reminiscent of the 1800s boomtown, Montavilla is lining its main streets with roughly constructed wood structures. These Parking Plazas first took the shape of roped-off areas along the street’s edge. A handful of tables were set in the place once used for parked cars, and customers were seated for an open-air experience.…

House on Split Lot off Washington

8739 SE Washington Street recently split into two lots, allowing for the addition of a new single-family residence. That new house will face SE 88th Ave and should have an address on that street. The existing 1947 era house will remain on the site. Removal of the existing detached single-car-garage will be necessary to make way for…

Phased Subdivision

Construction on the 9000 Hoyt Street Subdivision will happen in three phases. The first phase has multiple roles in the further development of this project. The soon to be completed buildings will test the housing market in this area and act as model homes for the remaining unbuilt houses. The project developer, Todd Spencer, adopted the phased…

August Construction Update

Montavilla’s many construction projects continue to make progress at different speeds. COVID-19 has disrupted some schedules while other developments have kept a hurried pace. 342 NE 75th Ave. has completed principle framing. The building’s final shape and style are now visible to neighbors. The cladding will determine how well it blends in with the other…

Boarded up for Security

Perhaps a troubling sign of heightened crime, Green Front Dispensary has boarded up their windows. Over the last few weeks, individually covered windows indicated damage to the storefront. Now the whole store is covered in painted plywood, ahead of rolling shutter installation. A popular cannabis retail location, Green Front Dispensary, is located at 6834 NE Glisan Street.…

Commissioner Fritz Condemns RIP

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone dissenter in this week’s adoption of the Residential Infill Project (RIP). Underdeveloped infrastructure and its impact on the environment was a component of Fritz’s objection. The RIP Ordinance and amendments will not address unimproved, under-improved roadways, and sidewalks. Commissioner Fritz expressed many doubts regarding the effects of these new zoning code changes. In…