This week featuring the pre-application for Block 33, the Japanese Garden plans and news about the Convention Center hotel.
Pre-application: Block 33
125 N.W. Fourth Ave.
Developer: Guardian Real Estate Services
Designer: William Kaven Architecture
The proposal for this 10-story mixed-use building clocks in at 125 feet tall — 25 feet above the current zoning limit. The full-block development is slated to go before the Historic Landmarks Commission on Jan. 23.
Plans include ground-floor retail and markets, four levels of office and five top levels of residential units. Two levels of underground parking are included.
Under Construction: the Japanese Garden
611 S.W. Kingston Ave.
District: West Hills, Washington Park
Developer: Cultural Crossing
Designer: Kengo Kuma
Contractor: Hoffman Construction
The Japanese Garden has been a Portland fixture since 1963, and now the Cultural Crossing campaign is working to help shape its future by developing an expansion. The structures for three LEED certified buildings are up, and plans also include an 18.5 foot high and 185 foot long castle wall built by 15th-generation Japanese stone mason Suminori Awata. The roofs of the LEED buildings were layered with three thousan tiles of sedums earlier this December. Lastly, five new beautiful garden spaces are included in the plans.
Groundbreaking moved: Convention Center Hotel
MLK and First
District: The Lloyd
Owners: Starterra LLC, Metro, Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.
Developer: Mortenson Development
Designers: Ankrom Moisan Architects, ESG Architects, Mayer/Reed
The Convention Center Hotel will break ground six months later than expected. According to Stephanie Soden, Chief of Staff to Council President Tom Hughes at Metro, construction on the 600-room project will get going in May or June 2017 instead of the previously announced December 2016.
"Getting through the city's design review process took longer than expected, " Soden told the Business Tribune last week. "Mortenson Construction is getting permits through the City of Portland and we're looking at a spring or summer groundbreaking." She says the design board "tweaked some pieces" to their own preferences. "Very generally it's the same though."
The taxpayer paid hotel will be branded and run by Hyatt and is expected to open in late 2019. Metro says the hotel will attract five to 10 new mid-sized conventions to Portland each year, and boost Portland's annual hotel business by 70,000 to 110,000 new room nights.