The unique two-household development at 6975 NE Multnomah Street is nearing completion. The new structure replaces a detached garage that previously belonged to 1205 NE 70th Avenue before the developer divided the lot. Listed as a house with an attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), it splits 1500 square feet into an east and west half.
Both units share a front porch, with the main house accessed off a side door to the west. Entering the primary home leads through an “L” shaped kitchen into a living room. A half bathroom sits tight to the shared center wall at the back corner of the main level. Two bedrooms on the second story divide the floor, with the larger one taking up the front. The smaller back bedroom is next to a three-quarters shared bathroom and stacked laundry closet.
The ADU unit on the east side has the living room at the front and a compact kitchen at the back of the home. The half bathroom is positioned in a mirror image to the one on the other side of the dividing wall. On the ADU’s second floor, Two bedrooms take a position at the front and back of the level. A full bathroom and stacked laundry closet occupy the reaming space on the upper floor. The blueprints for the building show both ADU bedroom closets as having 3′ 2″ raised floors. This configuration removes the closets from the floor area calculation and safely places the project’s total habitable space below the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) maximum for this project.
Designers of this home took steps to make the home’s exterior visually interesting. It employs a skillion and lean-to roof with several window projections. The gabled porch roof pushes forward towards the sidewalk slightly, providing depth to the entryway. This design hides the building’s boxy footprint and makes the small two-family home seem larger. Expect to see this property listed for sale within the next few months.
Last week developers proposed a nine-unit apartment building on SE Yamhill street. The new three-story development will fill the recently created lot located west of 8115 SE Yamhill Street. Willamette Carpentry owns the property and will serve as the general contractor on the project.
Provision Investments sold the property to Willamette Investments at the end of 2020, having just bought it months before. The Provision sign is still on the property. However, their involvement with the apartment project is unknown. Willamette Carpentry recently worked on the NOTA apartment building on NE Glisan Street, located on the outside edge of Montavilla.
Details about the apartment building are not yet public. The project’s designer, Bayard Mentrum Architecture, has worked on several similar apartment projects over the years. If their past apartment designs influence this project, it should provide attractive housing density that will not dominate the nearby single-family homes.
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.
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 their transformation of the corner lot by submitting permit 21-001970. It proposes the construction of a two-story building containing dual residences. The new homes will front on NE Multnomah Street, around the corner from the property’s original 1928 era house. The structure will prioritize living space and not offer a garage.
Additionally, Provision Group is developing properties on SE Yamhill Street and NE Hoyt Street. It is not uncommon for a builder to have more than one active project in Montavilla. However, most of those projects use similar designs. It is unknown precisely what styles of homes this builder will create, but differences in each property would call for a unique structure. Regardless, Montavilla will soon gain the additional housing so needed in our area.
The new owners of a single-story duplex on NE Hoyt Street submitted a permit application to demolish the building. Located at 9022-9032 NE Hoyt Street, the multi-family structure occupies a 9,500 square-foot lot capable of accommodating four houses or another multi-family development. Permit approval is on a mandatory 35-day demo hold.
Demolition permit 20-223098 seeks to raze the building and cap the sewer line. The 1959 era duplex is built without a basement, simplifying the demolition. A decommissioned septic system will need to be removed or otherwise addressed by this work permit.
Provision Group bought this property in September of 2020, and it represents the third Montavilla based project by the developer. Their other sites are both infill housing on fully developed streets. However, this Hoyt Street property sits across from another sizable housing development currently under construction.
The recently renamed Gracelyn Commons subdivision completed its first phase last year. Development work for that project cleared overgrown trees and improved the gravel road with a modern street. When completed, the subdivision will support a total of 15 new homes.
Until recently, this dead-end section of NE Hoyt Street went mostly overlooked and underdeveloped. Being position atop a bluff provides these new homes clear views of Portland’s streetscape, making multi-story homes here more valuable. This area of Montavilla is likely to see continued change with more properties redeveloped to offer higher quality housing and greater density.
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