Housing

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…

Garage Demo on NE Multnomah Street

Demolition of a detached garage located on NE Multnomah Street near NE 70th Ave is proposed. Removal of this structure makes way for a property line split ahead of further development at this site. Provision Investments acquired this property in October of 2020. The garage is currently part of the property at 1205 NE 70th Ave. Property line…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Design Evolution

Six years ago, the apartments at 7706 & 7718 SE Washington Street went before the Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) for design review. The building designer described the process as challenging and laments some of the changes made to address neighborhood concerns. There were very few multi-story apartments proposed for Montavilla in 2014. The designer of the project, Kym…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Glisan Affordable Housing Breaks Ground in 2022

Late last year, Metro purchased the former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) property at 432 NE 74th Ave. Metro now intends to develop the site for affordable housing. Full utilization of this site could create one of the most significant housing developments in Montavilla. “Metro purchased the property through the Transit-Oriented Development program with the intention to build affordable…

Hoyt Street Subdivision Taking Shape

Construction of the first three buildings at the 9000 Hoyt Street subdivision, is underway. Crews are framing the first of 13 structures that will soon provide 15 new homes. The first houses will be visible from all nearby streets and should draw attention from prospective homebuyers. The large retaining wall has received a fence installed along…

Infill Home Coming to NE 75th

A traditional infill home is coming to a new split lot on NE 75th Ave. The new house is located between E Burnside and NE Glisan, at 342 NE 75th Ave. The new single-family residence is being built on a new lot, split from 352 NE 75th Ave. That existing house is currently for sale…

1890 Cornerstone Building Revived

The transformation of 7901 NE Glisan Street from a neglected structure, to an impressive multi-use building, is nearing completion. Constructed in 1890, it has been updated many times. However, this most recent project seeks to rebuild and unify the building like never before. With exterior construction nearing completion, the owner expects to be ready for…

Further Adjustments of 7 NE 72nd

A project on the corner of NE 72nd Ave and E Burnside becomes more defined, thanks to new permit applications and a land use decision. New permits were filed last week as a condition of land use decision 19-227829. The text of the decision and supporting illustrations, show a flag lot configuration instead of a…

SRO Housing Delayed when Needed Most

A development in Montavilla, could add 11 new Single Room Occupancy units to NE Glisan. This would be Guerrilla Development’s second project in the area. They are wrapping up construction on their first building named Rocket Empire Machine. The new two story building is called Jolene’s Second Cousin and is adjacent to Rocket Empire Machine,…

House with ADU on Flag Lot

A new Single Family home, with attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), is proposed for NE 78th Ave. The building permit application seeks to build on a recently created flag lot. The new property was created by dividing 338 NE 78th Ave, prior to its most recent sale. There is no garage planed for the new…

School Yard 6-Plex

A development adjacent to Vestal Elementary School has been proposed by Chalet Homes LLC. Permit 19-215818 calls for a “new 3 story, 6 unit apartment building, with trash enclosure less than 120 sq. Ft. Site work to include new walkway.” The new apartment building will be at 8050 NE Flanders Street and share the lot…

NE 80th Townhouses Listed

The two duplexes on the corner of NE 80th and Holladay Street are now listed for sale. They are staged and photographed. The landscaping has been meticulously displayed for maximum curb appeal. They are ready to sell and the question is are people ready to buy. 986 NE 80th Ave is a 3 Beds 2…

Undeveloped Lot to Receive Home.

A new single family residence at 1430 NE 72nd Ave has been approved. The proposal calls for a three story detached house with a one car garage. The location is a rare full sized lot that has remained undeveloped. It sits overgrown with old trees around its perimeter. The property last sold for $158,000.00 on…

Square Corner Lot

A square corner lot will soon house a three story single family residence with an attached one car garage. The property uses both 8933 SE Pine Street and 285 SE 90th Ave as its address. 8933 SE Pine is still the official address on Portland Maps and the Building Permit record is filed under the…

The Skinny Infill

UPDATED – The lot at 8020 SE Madison Street has been split and permit applications have been submitted. The proposed new single family residence will be a two story, 1-car garage structure on a very narrow lot. Capital Builders LLC is listed as the owner of the 1989 single story house at 8020 SE Madison…

Needed Return of the Rowhouse

Very few terms in architecture and city planning are met with as much impashioned opinions as the Rowhouse. It has been associated with an image of poverty and bland living. However, attach the name Brownstone to a street of similar shaped houses with shared walls, many have a more positive view. The Rowhouse exists all…

Corner Lot Carved Out

UPDATE – New information posted in followup article. The corner of NE 72nd and Burnside is looking more open these days. The new owner of 7 NE 72nd Ave, Kimco Properties LTD, has cut down the once dominate hedges that surrounded the house. The now exposed yard has been cleared in preparation for future development.…

Empty Lot on NE 91st

716 NE 91st Ave is an undeveloped lot owned by Mate Skoro of Skoro Homes. It is the remaining undeveloped lot from Skoro Homes previous projects at that site. The five lots had once been the location of a 1940s erra home located at 720 NE 91st Ave. The lot was divided into five lots,…

9000 Hoyt Street Subdivision

15 new homes are coming to Montavilla in a new subdivision. Only one street back from NE Glisan, this new project by 9000 Hoyt Street LLC and Todd Spencer, is in its early stages. Currently just basic infrastructure and a massive retaining wall are being constructed onsite. This stretch of Hoyt is an unimproved gravel…

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…

Infill Home with Good Layout

The new infill residence at 1328 NE 76th Ave will complete construction soon. Building on split lots poses many challenges. It’s challenging to create a functional floor plan in such a long structure. At just 15 feet wide, any architect would find challenges in creating a comfortable home. This single family residence dose does many things well to…

House Nestled Between

In what could be called a cozy infill, 947 NE 74th Ave is wrapping up exterior work. This new single family residence, by Ernie Jette Construction Co., is built on a lot split from 925 NE 74th Ave. The slender house has been creative in its layout. Having the single car garage upfront, occupies a…

NE 80th Townhouses

Back in the North edge of Montavilla, evolves modern townhouses. Swift Development LLC has been busy at work creating four residences at 990 NE 80Th Ave. Each structure has two units, each building turned to front on different streets. They share a common aesthetic of black corrugated metal cladding. The fronts are framed vertical planks…

Off Glisan Apartments

475 NE 74th Ave is soon to be the newest apartment building in Montavilla. The 3 Story, twelve (12) unit apartment building is directly behind the Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge, and across from the former Trinity Broadcasting Network building. It is outwardly understated in appearance but will feature a unique entryway. On the right side…

Two Homes on One Lot

A year ago 713 NE 93rd Ave sold to Chalet Homes LLC when the lot was split off of 723 NE 93rd Ave. The new lot bumps out in the back, making both lots stubby L shaped. With 713 NE 93rd Ave wider in the back it can accommodating two houses on one property. Both…

Latest Proposal for 7601 SE Division

Changes for a large lot at 7601 SE Division Street have been looming for the last five years. This location is currently an underutilized gated parking lot. Last sold for $525,000.00 on 06/25/2015, the future of the massive space has been in question. At nearly an acre, it is one of the largest undeveloped parcels…

Kimberly Apartments off Division

The Kimberly Apartments at 2441 SE 89th Ave will feature a “new 3 story, 12 unit apartment building.” The property is owned by 87th Division LLC, a limited liability company owned by Samson Cheung. Samson Cheung also owns the adjoining property to either side, 2429 SE 89th Ave and 2455 SE 89th Ave. Plans are…

Twin Houses Framed

Principle framing is nearing completion on mirror houses at 414 NE 76th Ave and 420 NE 76th Ave. The lot was split into two parcels back in December of last year. Construction has progressed quickly and these houses could be ready to sell this summer or sooner. Each house will have a single car garage.…

Jenny Station Apartments

A multifamily project called Jenny Station is under construction, offering condominium apartments starting at $169,000. Located at 2434 SE 92nd Ave, The new three-story apartment building will have 15 units and a detached trash enclosure. Each floor will have three two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units. Access to the second and third floors will be through 2 exterior…

3 Fourplex Apartments on SE 89th

In a nice change of pace, a development at 2321 SE 89th Ave, does not plan to demolish the existing house on the lot. In the request for a Pre Application Conference, the developer noted that the Single Family Residence (SFR) will remain. “Planned development to create three new fourplex apartments (with existing SFR to…

A Novel Take on Condominiums

Tucked one street back from SE 82nd Ave, is an uncommon condominium complex. Located at 1351 SE 84TH Ave, the site houses 8 distinct buildings. All are simulary built with an attached garage and are 3 stories tall. Real estate listings show they have 3 bedrooms, and 3 full bathrooms. Each is unattached and shares…

REM on Glisan

– UPDATED – A different type of retail space is taking form at 6935 NE Glisan Street. Called Rocket Empire Machine (REM), it aims to make affordable retail space available on NE Glisan, as more shopfronts convert to higher rental rates. Next Portland has reported that the renovation of this existing 1949 building will include…

Construction Update Feb 2020

-Updated Feb 15th- 7707 SE Alder Street completed after the 2016 controversy cooled down. Regardless of how you feel about removing single family homes to allow for housing density, the final outcome looks nice. Fitting 12 units into a lot of that size, often feels dense and urban. The shared courtyard here looks like a…

Montavilla Residences on SE Washington

8697 SE Washington Street has its first of 4 structures completed. This project is different than many we have seen in Montavilla. The Architectural choices are more modern and the land use seems less about density and more about building style. Once completed it will be interesting to see how this site blends or stands…