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sowat
Sep 18, 2009, 11:01 PM
wow, they really do look like bicycle wheels. perfect for pdx!

I saw one small metal rod that hit against the spokes, which made a very soft sound. Remember pegging cards to your bike wheel frame to hit against the spokes? Same concept. If they are acoustically tuned they should be cool.

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/1235/park1.jpg

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/9766/park2i.jpg

PacificNW
Sep 18, 2009, 11:07 PM
↑↑ Nice!

sowat
Sep 18, 2009, 11:13 PM
first skin!

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/580/matisse2.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/5729/matisse6.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/9281/matisse3.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/1423/matisse4.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/2916/matisse5.jpg

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sowat
Sep 18, 2009, 11:22 PM
Railings

still no sign of the orange terracotta "CCP (cementitious composite panel) at the balcony alcoves", but the chunky black metal railings are a strong 4th accent color. Personally I think the bolt-on post brackets are a bit Motel-6-ish. I'm sure they'll a look better from inside the units.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/2279/railing1.jpg

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/664/railing2.jpg

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/9416/railing3.jpg

Artist
Sep 19, 2009, 5:02 PM
The black (or charcoal, it's hard to tell) railings will look a lot better once the orange is up: The two strong colors will carry each other nicely. I really like the linear character of the plexi-glass because it will reduce bird collisions.

The spinners in the park are great--we have a small version in our garden and it is restfully hypnotic. Thanks for the photo updates of Mirabella and the South Waterfront, and for the cam.

Does anyone know what the current plans are for restoring vegetation along the shoreline in front of the towers, as in shrubs and trees? I know of plans for other sections of the shoreline, and am aware of the toxic sediment that is best left undisturbed.

sowat
Sep 20, 2009, 6:11 PM
today is the big auction day. it will be interesting to see what the outcome is, and how far above minimum bids AUCTION CONDOS go for

Atwater luxury living turns into "Auction Condos" sale
By Ryan Frank, The Oregonian
September 19, 2009

The developers behind Portland's South Waterfront district sold a carefully crafted image of luxury living at Ritz-Carlton prices.

Portland's Ziba Design Inc. made the developers' pitch with a sales office patterned after Apple stores and a neighborhood brand defined as "Urban River Living."

Now lenders in charge of the district's glitziest tower are selling the Atwater Place as though it was a $499 mattresses on fire sale.

South Waterfront's glass cubes, granite countertops and million-dollar mountain views have been taken over by bargain hunters and sidewalk salesmen waving red arrows blaring "AUCTION CONDOS."

Not surprisingly, the Atwater's original buyers are none too happy. ...

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/09/atwater_luxury_living_turns_in.html

dkealoha
Sep 20, 2009, 8:42 PM
I saw one small metal rod that hit against the spokes, which made a very soft sound. Remember pegging cards to your bike wheel frame to hit against the spokes? Same concept. If they are acoustically tuned they should be cool.

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/1235/park1.jpg

I walked down next to the park today while the wheel sculptures were spinning and you can definitely hear the "plucking" sound when the metal rod hits the spokes. Not sure how I feel about it... I don't think I'd want to sit on one of the benches and hear metal plucking sounds non stop... not to mention if your apartment at the Riva faced the park.

Still... I think this park is amazing and I can't WAIT for it to be finished. Hopefully we can squeeze out a nice weekend in October to enjoy it!

sowat
Sep 21, 2009, 12:58 AM
Ryan Frank from the Oregonian blogged the Atwater AUCTION CONDOS action, and caught some bid results (before they threw him out)

full article:
http://blog.oregonlive.com/frontporch/2009/09/atwater_place_sunday_auction_r.html

for complete sales list see below

MightyAlweg
Sep 21, 2009, 3:23 AM
Yikes! Atwater Place condos selling at auction for 30%+ off original prices?

Talk about a crashing market for condos, especially considering not all of those sales are going to be able to close and be finalized by the lender.

crow
Sep 21, 2009, 3:53 AM
so does that mean the ones without a winning bid did not sell? or was it because they threw Ryan Frank out before the auction happened? :)

sowat
Sep 21, 2009, 3:56 AM
^ they've updated the complete list. all but one sold.

there are a few photos from the auction too:
http://blog.oregonlive.com/frontporch/2009/09/atwater_place_sunday_auction_r.html

Unit No: Original Price / Minimum Bid / Winning Bid / % Drop
119: $931,000 / $429,000 / $550,000 / -41%
121: $849,000 / $429,000 / $462,000 / -46%
201: $559,000 / $269,000 / $359,000 / -36%
217: $449,000 / $199,000 / $304,000 / -32%
233: $346,125 / $169,000 / $241,000 / -30%
235: $346,000 / $169,000 / $240,000 / -31%
301: $569,000 / $269,000 / $380,000 / -33%
305: $719,000 / $349,000 / $516,000 / -28%
309: $699,000 / $329,000 / $416,000 / -40%
317: $459,000 / $199,000 / $319,000 / -31%
327: $509,000 / $219,000 / $334,000 / -34%
329: $449,000 / $219,000 / $329,000 / -27%
331: $439,000 / $199,000 / $310,000 / -29%
333: $439,000 / $199,000 / $307,000 / -30%
339: $629,000 / $269,000 / $424,000 / 33%
343: $359,000 / $169,000 / $241,000 / -33%
347: $569,000 / $269,000 / $415,000 / 27%
401: $579,000 / $269,000 / $395,000 / -32%
427: $529,000 / $219,000 / $338,000 / -36%
441: $369,000 / $169,000 / $254,000 / -31%
445: $379,000 / $169,000 / $242,000 / -36%
900: $677,000 / $349,000 / $439,000 / -35%
902: $699,000 / $349,000 / $485,000 / -31%
904: $682,000 / $349,000 / $464,000 / -31%
908: $1,189,000 / $699,000 / $891,000 / -25%
910: $857,000 / $399,000 / $605,000 / -29%
912: $890,000 / $399,000 / $601,000 / -32%
1500: $722,000 / $349,000 / $441,000 / -39%
1502: $799,000 / $349,000 / $497,000 / -38%
1506: $1,199,000 / $679,000 / $795,000 / -34%
1508: $1,459,000 / $699,000 / $842,000 / -42%
1510: $979,000 / $399,000 / $579,000 / -41%
1512: $945,000 / $399,000 / $664,000 / -30%
1612: $999,000 / $399,000 / $675,000 / -31%
1900: $759,000 / $349,000 / $445,000 / -41%
1904: $659,000 / $349,000 / $402,000 / 39%
1906: $1,299,000 / $679,000 / $800,000 / -38%
1908: $1,539,000 / $699,000 / $897,000 / -42%
1910: $919,000 / $429,000 / $582,000 / -37%
1912: $1,069,000 / $399,000 / $681,000 / -36%
2200: $1,302,000 / $899,000 / No bids made.

RED_PDXer
Sep 21, 2009, 12:08 PM
still more than lots of people can afford, including myself.

crow
Sep 21, 2009, 4:40 PM
true. too bad the market cannot adjust pricing quicker to get to what people really CAN afford.

smendesPDX
Sep 21, 2009, 4:49 PM
but the good news is that if all these units close, South Waterfront with have around 50+ new residents!

sowat
Sep 21, 2009, 6:24 PM
R. Frank's follow-up article for anyone who missed it:
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/09/full_house_of_buyers_snaps_up.html

he doesn't add much, but there's a little insight into the types of people bidding.

it's good for the building and good for SoWa that these units moved. I liked his summary on his blog last night, how final bid prices weren't that far below recent sales prices:

UPDATE AT 8:00: I've filed my story for tomorrow's paper and crunched the numbers, thanks to some helpers who were in the room. These are unofficial, of course. ... The average decline from original to auction price was 36 percent. The average original price was $751,000 compared to a high bid price of $479,000. That works out to an original price of $460 per square foot on average vs. an auction average of $299 per square foot. I'm hearing from most of you that the prices went higher than you expected. I don't think the prices they got will be much off the last price Realty Trust was marketing down there.The numbers that brokers Kathy and Scott Quick pulled up on recent sales activity show the following price per square foot on recent Atwater Place sales: No. 105 $286/sf, No. 502 $330/sf, No. 1802 $351/sf, No. 319 $411/sf. Yes, the winning bidders got huge discounts compared to the original asking price. But given the market conditions and the absolute lack of condo sales, I've got to think that the guys who control the Atwater have got to be happy with this showing. They made $19.1 million in sales in less than two hours. Now, it will be worth following to see how many of these actually close and how much if any new demand this generates.

Artist
Sep 22, 2009, 9:31 PM
Does anyone know what the current plans are for restoring vegetation along the shoreline in front of the towers?

I found my answer. In case anyone else is interested, here it is:

http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=45643&a=204717

pylon
Sep 25, 2009, 4:10 PM
I'm glad to see the units sold, as well as having more residents down there to activate the sidewalks, dining establishments, and dog spas. I'm up here condo-sitting in North Vancouver, BC, and the market is trying to find a bottom with their prices... as soon as a price is lowered buyers swoop in and push the price up again. When the Olympics are over the Athletes Village along False Creek was to be converted to condos, which could further glut the market.

RoseCtyRoks
Sep 26, 2009, 8:36 PM
The next few weeks will be interesting with this tower, as the 24th floor will be the last before the levels recess on the south side of the building, giving more of a slim, sleek look. The dining room will be on the 24th fl, and six levels of penthouses above, with the distinctly darker walls.

Thanks to cronked for the webcam, to view the progress of the tower and the park, and others with the great pics. Here's another way to view Mirabella and SOWA from the top of the OHSU tram (zoom in to 150%, although it's grainy because of the distance) :

http://www.kgw.com/livecams/popup_ohsu.html

MR. Cosmopolitan
Sep 28, 2009, 3:54 PM
^Thanks for the link RoseCtyRoks

sowat
Sep 28, 2009, 7:31 PM
Moody Avenue improvements carry big price tag for South Waterfront development
By Ryan Frank, The Oregonian
September 28, 2009

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/09/moody_avenue_improvment_carry_1.html

Portland has grand plans for the second phase of high-rise development in the South Waterfront district. But those plans will come with a grand cost.

The city projects that a single road project will cost the public $66.5 million.

That road -- six-tenths of a mile on Moody Avenue -- is far more than asphalt.

It's a new pair of streetcar tracks, new utility piping and new bike lanes. All of that will rise up to 14 feet higher than the existing Moody Avenue to get above the flood plain and accommodate a light-rail line on its way to Milwaukie.

City leaders, in a pitch for U.S. economic recovery grants, said the work would unlock prime riverfront land to new development and potentially growing companies.

The project has regional benefits of corralling growth, cutting carbon emissions and expanding streetcar capacity to other neighborhoods, Portland officials believe.

"This is what will produce livable communities," said Art Pearce, senior project manager in the city's transportation office.

But the high cost of the work is likely to feed a growing angst over the city's focus on the central city and the struggles of outlying neighborhoods to score even a park bench.

"I would love to see some investment in areas that don't have political ability and clout," said Bonny McKnight, a neighborhood activist from outer east Portland. "The million dollar folks are hardly going to come out here."

Mayor Sam Adams said Friday that South Waterfront -- despite a condo glut and empty storefronts -- provides the city's best opportunities for job growth.

"The number one concern I hear is, 'Find me a job and find me a job I can support my family on,'" Adams said.

The Moody Avenue project is part of a $78 million effort to spark redevelopment in an area the city calls the "Innovation Quadrant." The area runs from Portland State University to Oregon Health & Science University to South Waterfront and across the river to OMSI.

To help cover the costs, the city has applied for $44 million in federal economic recovery grants to help with three transportation projects. It expects to hear back on its request in early 2010.

The Moody Avenue work accounts for more than 80 percent of the total project cost. The grant would also pay to realign streetcar tracks on Southwest Fourth Avenue and separate industrial and car traffic from light-rail and streetcar stations near OMSI.

The city and a consultant estimate the three projects would generate 640 construction jobs.

The city's figures show Moody Avenue holds the most promise for redevelopment.

In the short term, OHSU has plans to build a high-rise Life Sciences building along Moody.

The reconstruction of Moody Avenue provides the first public view on the costs to remake 55 acres in South Waterfront's second generation. The land, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, is primarily owned by OHSU and the Zidell family.

It's now an industrial wasteland dominated by barbed wire and blackberry brambles.

City leaders have a list of projects like Moody Avenue that they say are necessary to remake the area into a 21st century Portland-style neighborhood.

The Portland Development Commission's early-stage estimates peg the total infrastructure costs at more than $145 million. That estimate, in 2012 dollars, is in an embryonic stage, the city cautions. The engineering work has barely begun and the estimate will fluctuate with the price of oil.

Those costs would come on top of South Waterfront's 33-acre first phase.

In a 2006 deal, the Portland Development Commission said the infrastructure work that attracted glassy condo towers cost $195 million. Local, state and federal taxpayers covered $126 million or about two-thirds of the total cost.

In the first phase, developers and OHSU contributed to the streetcar construction and some utility costs. But with Moody Avenue's reconstruction, taxpayers would bear the entire burden.

Geraldene Moyle, senior project manager at the Portland Development Commission, said the city is trying to take advantage of the stimulus opportunity while it lasts.

In the future, Moyle said OHSU and the Zidell family may be asked to contribute a larger share on future projects.

Without the grant, Moyle said, the city will have to figure out another way to fill a funding gap.

-- Ryan Frank

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/4553/moodymap.jpg

ProTram
Sep 28, 2009, 8:55 PM
I'm the only one beating this drum, but I still say build the new ballpark on that land! The stadium and field would only take up half of the land there and it would be an optimum location due to the proximity to downtown, high density housing and all mass transit sources nearby. And a waterfront location with a view of the new light rail bridge and downtown!

dkealoha
Sep 28, 2009, 9:13 PM
Does anyone else think 14 feet sounds like a lot to raise that road? It doesn't seem like the road on that end is 14 feet lower than the roads near Riverplace or SoWa-propper.

NJD
Sep 28, 2009, 10:00 PM
Q:
Does anyone else think 14 feet sounds like a lot to raise that road? It doesn't seem like the road on that end is 14 feet lower than the roads near Riverplace or SoWa-propper.

A:
All of that will rise up to 14 feet higher than the existing Moody Avenue to get above the flood plain and accommodate a light-rail line on its way to Milwaukie.

The new transit bridge's approach will require raising the street level, including some of Moody Avenue but mostly Porter Street as it gets closer to the river.

JordanL
Sep 28, 2009, 10:04 PM
I'm the only one beating this drum, but I still say build the new ballpark on that land! The stadium and field would only take up half of the land there and it would be an optimum location due to the proximity to downtown, high density housing and all mass transit sources nearby. And a waterfront location with a view of the new light rail bridge and downtown!

I suggested that a while back and people dismissed it without thought because OHSU owns a bunch of the land and "intends" to develop it.

Honestly, I think the city should tell OHSU to get off their ass and do something, or be forced out of the property. How goddamn long has that property been like that?

sowat
Sep 28, 2009, 10:17 PM
9.28.09

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http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/2756/mira92809a.jpg

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mmeade
Sep 28, 2009, 11:03 PM
OHSU recieved that land in a donation around 2005 or 2006 if I remember correctly. Each block of development is going to take 100 million or so. I can understand that it will take a while for them to get around to developing ten or twelve blocks. Raising that kind of funding in this kind of climate is a daunting task. That also says nothing of the amount of time it will take to design and build one of these blocks. I would imagine the process from start to finish won't take less than four years per block. This whole development should be seen as a long term item. I can't imagine that the whole OHSU campus will be complete for thirty years.

cronked
Sep 29, 2009, 12:11 AM
It's not another auction but a "Limited Release of Homes". The prices aren't as good either. Keep in mind the average condo at the auction went for around $300 a square foot. I think the auction drummed up so much interest and many people didn't get a condo that wanted one so these might be there to fill that void. I'm still seeing a lot of activity in the neighborhood. The most realtors I have seen in months.

http://www.auctionatwaterplace.com/eBlasts/Atwater_New_Release.jpg

ProTram
Sep 29, 2009, 3:13 AM
So that solves the problem then! Tell the city (or the private investors) to buy 30-50% of the land cheaply due to the recession era prices that they could probably offer, and build the ball park there, then with the other half, OHSU can still build whatever they want and then have a nice sparkling new baseball stadium to have as a neighbor. I think that would only boost values and sales of homes in the direct vicinity and spur other economic activity. It would sure be better than outsourcing the team to Beaverton. Stadiums should be in downtown areas.

RED_PDXer
Sep 29, 2009, 6:22 AM
Ugh.. ballpark is a waste of land and money in the central city. nuff said...

If you think that 14' is odd, consider that the South Portal project seeks to raise the grade of Moody about 17' for just one street intersection around Hamilton Ct. There's gotta be cheaper ways to do this stuff.. 17' feet of fill is hella pricey! The city could probably improve all the streets on the Central Eastside for the same cost of these two projects and achieve far greater benefit!

ProTram
Sep 29, 2009, 4:03 PM
Ugh.. ballpark is a waste of land and money in the central city. nuff said...

A waste of land? Are you serious? Perhaps you hate cities that load their downtowns with entertainment for its citizens. Maybe they should build a Walmart there instead.

nobody
Sep 29, 2009, 4:47 PM
Perhaps he doesn't want a huge swath of space that is only active one or two nights a week that destroys the (future) grid in lieu of mixed use space that would be regularly active. Perhaps.

sowat
Oct 1, 2009, 6:11 AM
First Thursday at Ardea

Celebrate First Thursday in October at the Ardea! Begin the evening in a penthouse on the 30th floor, where Stoller Vineyards will be hosting a tasting featuring the 2006 SV Pinot Noir (named among the year’s best Pinot Noirs in the April issue of Wine & Spirits), and the 2007 SV Chardonnay. The wines will be paired with a selection of fine cheeses.

Art from the Elizabeth Leach Gallery will be installed in the penthouse. Established in 1981, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery offers Portland’s most comprehensive selection of contemporary fine art. Also on display will be pieces from the Heidi McBride Gallery & Art Consultancy. This traditional gallery and a design consultancy hand selects the strongest pieces of artwork by emerging and established artists.

Art is the topic of the evening with maps to First Thursday gallery openings on hand as well as a list of the top exhibits showing in downtown and the Pearl District. Just hop on the Portland Streetcar to begin your tour!

Enjoy live music, and for added fun the roadies from KINK will be on hand to entertain you.

First Thursday at The Ardea

Thursday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.
3720 SW Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
http://www.southwaterfront.com/community_events/first-thursday-at-ardea/



October 1 at 6:00 p.m.:
Celebrate National Sake Day at Le Hana where locally owned SakeOne from Forest Grove will pour samples.



Willamette River Town Hall: Featuring Attorney General John Kroger

Right now, every major river in Oregon fails to meet federal clean water standards. The first step toward cleaner, healthier rivers is proper enforcement of our environmental laws. Attorney General John Kroger is committed to improving environmental enforcement in Oregon, but to succeed he'll need help.

Join Attorney General Kroger and other local officials for a discussion about the current challenges facing the Willamette Watershed and what steps we need to take to clean up our state. Together we can keep Oregon beautiful!

To learn more about the Oregon Department of Justice’s efforts to protect our environment see the Department's homepage at www.doj.state.or.us.

Willamette River Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
John Ross Plaza Studio
3623 SW River Parkway, Portland, OR 97239

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP to Julie Rutherford at julie.rutherford@doj.state.or.us



Willamette River Information Meeting with DEQ
Learn what the Department of Environmental Quality found out from an investigation of pollution in the downtown reach of the Willamette River at an information meeting. DEQ staff will share information and answer questions concerning what is known about the sediments in the river and about future investigations. For more information on this investigation go to the website (http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/cu/nwr/willametteriver.htm) or contact:

Keith Johnson, Cleanup Program Manager, DEQ Northwest Region
(503) 229-6431
Johnson.keith@deq.state.or.us

Willamette River Information Meeting with DEQ
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
John Ross Plaza Studio
3623 SW River Parkway, Portland, OR 97239

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

dkealoha
Oct 1, 2009, 4:38 PM
Is anyone else going to this?

First Thursday at Ardea

Celebrate First Thursday in October at the Ardea! Begin the evening in a penthouse on the 30th floor, where Stoller Vineyards will be hosting a tasting featuring the 2006 SV Pinot Noir (named among the year’s best Pinot Noirs in the April issue of Wine & Spirits), and the 2007 SV Chardonnay. The wines will be paired with a selection of fine cheeses.

Art from the Elizabeth Leach Gallery will be installed in the penthouse. Established in 1981, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery offers Portland’s most comprehensive selection of contemporary fine art. Also on display will be pieces from the Heidi McBride Gallery & Art Consultancy. This traditional gallery and a design consultancy hand selects the strongest pieces of artwork by emerging and established artists.

Art is the topic of the evening with maps to First Thursday gallery openings on hand as well as a list of the top exhibits showing in downtown and the Pearl District. Just hop on the Portland Streetcar to begin your tour!

Enjoy live music, and for added fun the roadies from KINK will be on hand to entertain you.

First Thursday at The Ardea

Thursday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.
3720 SW Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
http://www.southwaterfront.com/community_events/first-thursday-at-ardea/



Also, they put in bark dust around the park and have been doing a lot to the main grass area. It looks like the french drains are in and the grass should be going down any day now! They also installed the street lamps. I'm wondering when the telephone poles will come down!

pylon
Oct 1, 2009, 5:28 PM
I think I'll go. I'm guessing that there'll be a line... ?

I may do a little happy hour at Bambuza beforehand (starts at 3pm).


Is anyone else going to this?



Also, they put in bark dust around the park and have been doing a lot to the main grass area. It looks like the french drains are in and the grass should be going down any day now! They also installed the street lamps. I'm wondering when the telephone poles will come down!

cronked
Oct 1, 2009, 6:00 PM
I'll be at the Ardea thing. Looking forward to the wine and the view!

cronked
Oct 1, 2009, 6:44 PM
I'm not a salesperson for Atwater Place, I swear, but I am happy to see more units selling down there. We need more neighbors! I got this in my email today.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3519/3972552342_9ff5769037_o.jpg

dkealoha
Oct 1, 2009, 8:33 PM
The grass is being sprayed down on the park!!!

Cronked Cam:
http://98.246.156.74:8080/

sowat
Oct 1, 2009, 9:13 PM
^ I'm surprised they're doing seed spray instead of laying sod. That means the 'grassy knoll' will be fenced off and inaccessible over the fall/winter.

metroXpress
Oct 2, 2009, 12:33 AM
WOW, these do have large sq footage at a great price. The new area certainly is attractive to many buyers. (esp. when you have the transit available at your door steps.)

pylon
Oct 2, 2009, 5:45 AM
Thanks Sowat for letting us know about this First Thursday event. The view was phenomenal, the wine good, the music easy-listening, the art artful, and most of the people that I met were from the Ardea.

sowat
Oct 2, 2009, 6:40 AM
^ you're welcome. I'm glad to hear it was good. I'm sorry I was unable to attend on such short notice. I think it's great they're organizing these activities but they should try let people know sooner. I just got the South Waterfront e-current newsletter last night, and posted some info here immediately. Anyone interested in these activities down here should definitely sign up for the newsletter. There are other activities coming up too which I did not post, such as Artist In Residences and so on.

to sign up for the e-current newsletter:
http://www.mylasso.com/Signups/southwaterfront_signup.php


Art, Culture & Science Committee: Featuring Mike Suri
Architectural and sculptural metalworker Mike Suri will join the Art, Culture & Science Committee to discuss his fine art and site based sculptural works. The meeting will take place in the commercial space of Atwater Place amongst Mike’s latest sculptures.

Uniquely designed sculpture and compositional objects by Mike Suri will be exhibited in the Atwater Place SW corner through October. The neighborhood showcase is a collaboration between Heidi McBride Gallery & Art Consultancy and South Waterfront Community Relations. Presented by Heidi McBride Gallery & Art Consultancy.

The committee will also be accepting nominations for the 2010 Art, Culture & Science Committee chair.

Art, Culture & Science Committee Meeting
Monday, October 5, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Atwater Place, on the corner of River Pkwy. & Gaines St.
3660 SW River Parkway

NEXT meeting :
Monday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
PCC Dance Chair Heidi Diaz on dance appreciation

Heidi @ heidimcbridegallery .com for more information
>>SOUTH WATERFRONT RESIDENTS ONLY<<



Artist in Residence Kick-Off Event

Come to the artist kick-off event and meet Colin Ives, Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Oregon. Colin's residency in South Waterfront will be particularly relevant to nature lovers; his work blends art with ecology and activism.

During his residency Colin hopes to track urban wildlife sightings and stories that have taken place in South Waterfront. Bring your animal stories to the kick-off event, we'll record them and see where they take us...


South Waterfront Artist in Residence Program (http://www.southwaterfront.com/art_and_design/artist/)

Artist in Residence Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
John Ross Artist in Residence Studio
3623 SW River Pkwy., Portland, OR 97239

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP appreciated, but feel free to stop by
RSVP: communityrelations@southwaterfront.com or 503.222.7788

http://www.southwaterfront.com/

dkealoha
Oct 2, 2009, 3:36 PM
Some pics I took last night.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/keal2312/ardea1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/keal2312/ardea2.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/keal2312/ardea3.jpg

MR. Cosmopolitan
Oct 2, 2009, 5:23 PM
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/keal2312/ardea1.jpg

What the hill is that, a tomacco plantation?

dkealoha
Oct 2, 2009, 6:50 PM
What the hill is that, a tomacco plantation?

It's sprayed on grass seed

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/keal2312/Spray_man.jpg

MR. Cosmopolitan
Oct 2, 2009, 8:39 PM
Never saw any thing like that, what is it copper sulfate? that would be anti-snails. I think.

sowat
Oct 2, 2009, 9:54 PM
^ you haven't seen those cheesy ads on tv for grass patch mix

it's like "GRASS SEEDS ON STEROIDS," man

https://www.patchperfect.com/

same concept:
The PATCH PERFECT growing secret is its powerful fertilizer mulch cocoon, that surrounds each seed, soaking up and retaining water. It's like each seed has its own eco system, for faster, healthier germination.

MR. Cosmopolitan
Oct 3, 2009, 1:08 AM
it's like "GRASS SEEDS ON STEROIDS," man:haha: hope it doesn’t get caught with a doping test.

sowat
Oct 3, 2009, 5:33 PM
List prices on remaining units at the John Ross were just reduced again. There are 1205 sf corner 1 bedroom + den units for 294k-300k: $244-$250 per square foot. 1800 sf units for high 400's: $267/sf.

At those prices, the new park nearing completion, and Mirabella nearing completion of major construction, I would imagine the unsold JR units will finally move.

cronked
Oct 4, 2009, 1:01 AM
This was taken today 10-3-09.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3492/3978049265_b05466a925_o.jpg

cronked
Oct 4, 2009, 1:05 AM
A close up of the unfinished water feature. Trying to imagine how this is going to work.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2598/3978809094_322f95b1c3_b.jpg

sowat
Oct 6, 2009, 3:19 PM
sunrise/moonset 10-6-09

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/4499/img3135sunrise.jpg

RoseCtyRoks
Oct 7, 2009, 7:26 AM
It took a while, but the Mirabella website has it's latest construction update, dated Sept. 25th, with pics and info:

http://www.mirabellaretirement.org/portland/construction.htm

cronked
Oct 8, 2009, 11:50 PM
The Mirabella Cam will be down for an unspecified amount of time. I am upgrading to Windows 7! I'll get it back up as soon as possible.

sowat
Oct 9, 2009, 7:43 PM
some tower balcony railings being installed:

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6188/m10909a.jpg

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/1796/m10909b.jpg

I'm away till the end of the month now, so no updates from me for a while.

Artist
Oct 9, 2009, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the updates everyone. Enjoy vacation, Sowat--by the time you return Autumn colors will grace the hill. And Cronked, give a brief yay or nay on the Windows upgrade after you are acquainted with it. Early next year we will take a hardhat walk through of our Mirabella apartment--am looking forward to that. Then I will have something useful to contribute to this site!

cronked
Oct 12, 2009, 2:55 PM
The webcam is back up at http://98.246.156.74:8080/

Windows 7 is great so far. The easiest Windows to install! You don't realize how much stuff you use on your computer until you have to reinstall everything!

ProTram
Oct 12, 2009, 6:06 PM
Does the zoom function work on your camera? Great view by the way.

cronked
Oct 12, 2009, 6:55 PM
Nope, no zoom. I have never been able to get the zoom to work. I don't think it is an optical zoom anyhow. I think it just blows up the existing image.

tworivers
Oct 14, 2009, 4:24 AM
Very bad news.

Bids for South Waterfront pedestrian bridge far exceed budget
By Ryan Frank, The Oregonian
October 13, 2009, 8:35PM

Contractors' bids to build a pedestrian bridge that connects Portland's westside neighborhoods to the South Waterfront district and the Willamette River have come in 68 percent over budget.

The city of Portland had budgeted $7 million for construction work on the 660-foot bridge spanning Interstate 5 under the aerial tram cables. But the lowest bid was $11.8 million, said city project manager Jody Yates.

The higher-than-budgeted bids will probably delay construction that was supposed to start this fall and finish late in 2010. PCL Construction Services submitted the low bid among four. The high bid was $13 million, Yates said.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is handling the bids and opened them Thursday. Wynnette Gentemann, manager of the department's construction contacting, said the state is still reviewing the project to find out why the bids were so much higher than the city's estimate.

Yates said the city will probably reject the bids because it doesn't have the money to pay for them. The city will try to find more money and look for ways to cut costs with changes in the bridge's design, she said.

The Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge has been a key public project in the neighborhood since Portland's City Council approved a $2 billion deal to redevelop the South Waterfront district in August 2003. People who live up the hill from South Waterfront bitterly opposed construction of the aerial tram that connects Oregon Health & Science University to the riverfront.

The bridge has been seen as a bit of payback for the neighborhood, providing them access to the river that was cut off years ago by the interstate.

The city's estimate of $7 million was only to cover construction costs. Planning, architectural and other costs brought the total cost to about $11. 4 million in the city's budget projections. But the construction bids alone exceeded the total projected costs.

The costs were to be covered by federal transportation funding, fees paid by developers and property tax revenues raised through an urban renewal district that includes the South Waterfront district.

The higher-than-expected bridge costs are the latest in a string of challenges as the city and developers try to transform the former industrial district into the next generation Pearl District.

The problems started with the budget-busting aerial tram and continue today with a condo glut, empty retail storefronts and continued delays in an affordable apartment project.

As with the tram, bridge planners were pursuing an iconic design for a eye-catching entry into Portland for 100,000 Interstate 5 drivers.

The cable-stay design included concrete supporting piers spliced into V-like angles. On clear days, bikers and walkers on the bridge headed for the river could have Mount Hood framed by the bridge supports. Yates said earlier this year that the bridge "might become the Kodak moment of Portland."

Walkers would enter the bridge on a gentle slope from Southwest Kelly Avenue. They'd leave the bridge on the east end on a switchback stairway to Southwest Moody Avenue or ride an elevator through a glass tower.

Planners estimated that 3,000 to 4,000 people a day would use the Gibbs Street bridge for commuting or recreation.

philopdx
Oct 14, 2009, 7:09 AM
I'd rather they wait for the funds and build it as planned than "value-engineer" the design and create an eyesore in the process. We need to actually do something right, rather than eviscerate it like so many other projects in town that began with soaring aspirations only to be cut down to size due to budget concerns.

I thought this was basically a done deal - what a letdown.

tworivers
Oct 14, 2009, 7:47 AM
We need to actually do something right, rather than eviscerate it like so many other projects in town that began with soaring aspirations only to be cut down to size due to budget concerns.

ditto.

cronked
Oct 14, 2009, 10:12 PM
I totally agree. I was really pleased with the design they came up with and I hope they stick to it. Hopefully they can dig up some more money somewhere. I thought this was a done deal as well with construction starting "this fall" I figured they had already picked out a construction company.

cronked
Oct 14, 2009, 10:30 PM
They were moving around these giant beams today near the water feature. Anyone have any idea what these are for?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3480/4012417942_622e52c237_b.jpg

cab
Oct 15, 2009, 5:35 PM
Holy Crap, the landscape architect actually put a conifer tree in that new park? Surprise. Most of the new parks all use deciduous trees, so the parks look fine in the summer, but the rest of the year look barren and empty. Adding a little evergreen always helps during those winter months.

dkealoha
Oct 21, 2009, 11:06 PM
Orange construction fence is going up around the grass area. I think the chain link fence might come down soon and they'll just fence off the grass for a while. Can't wait!

Most of the lights on the paths are in and I've been waiting to see when they finally turn them on. Also wondering when the temporary telephone poles along the sidewalks will come down.

It also looks like the beams cronked has a picture of above were set in place and are some kind of sculpture/seating/play thing by the fountain. Doesn't really look that great from up above but I'm anxious to see it up close.

dkealoha
Oct 26, 2009, 10:17 PM
The lights were being tested this morning! The "stick" lights make a cool random pattern from above. I hope they are on tonight so we can see what it looks like in the dark.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/keal2312/Park.jpg

Okstate
Oct 27, 2009, 1:49 AM
Thank you sir! I will drive by there in 10 minutes...hope they're on.

dkealoha
Oct 27, 2009, 1:57 AM
Thank you sir! I will drive by there in 10 minutes...hope they're on.

They're not on... :-(

By the way, there is free wine tasting in the penthouse here at the Ardea until 9pm. The view alone is worth the visit.

dkealoha
Oct 31, 2009, 11:58 PM
From the November E-Current Newsletter

Elizabeth Caruthers Park Umbrella Tour
A park is born! Join Portland Parks and Recreation Director Zari Santner at the official opening ceremony for Elizabeth Caruthers Park. Welcome and ribbon cutting start at 4pm on the NE corner of the park, followed by a park tour and reception at The Ardea. For a little perspective, Oregon Historical Society Director Emeritus Chet Orloff will present a brief historical retrospective on Elizabeth Caruthers and the South Waterfront area.

Elizabeth Caruthers Park Opening
Thursday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
NE Corner of Park (at SW Bond and SW Curry)
Reception at The Ardea
3720 SW Bond Ave, Portland OR 97239

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

sowat
Nov 1, 2009, 10:03 PM
I'm back.
11/1/09 - foggy morning.
It looks like they're still at the 25th floor and about to start the narrower top section soon.

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/7117/mirab11109b.jpg

Northeast79
Nov 2, 2009, 4:06 PM
Cool photo. I like the foggy mornings.

thanks for posting.

tworivers
Nov 3, 2009, 1:41 AM
That is such a nice slim view looking west. It's deceptive because, like the other towers down there, it looks so unappealingly fat from the north and south.

RoseCtyRoks
Nov 4, 2009, 8:21 AM
^Thanks for the pic, sowat.....good to have you back.

Here's the latest Mirabella construction update, (two actually) Oct. 15th & 30th, including some good interior progress:

http://www.mirabellaretirement.org/portland/construction.htm

Artist
Nov 4, 2009, 7:14 PM
The interiors are looking beautiful! Isn't it funny that Mirabella's photographer always takes his pictures on sunny days--and points it out. Having been without any rain for about 8 months, I enjoy the rainy scenes from SkyScraperPage's photographers.

sowat
Nov 9, 2009, 2:03 AM
the southern section has topped-off above the 24th floor, and form work for the narrower top section is in place

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/8152/mira11709.jpg

cronked
Nov 14, 2009, 12:53 AM
I heard this rumor earlier this week but now it has been confirmed. The Caruthers park opening has been delayed. The park looks like it is finished and it is a fantastic looking park! But I guess they aren't quite done yet. All the lights are now coming on at night. It is pretty cool. I can't wait. The announcement is below:

November 19 Caruthers Park Opening Postponed
Portland Parks & Recreation announced this week that they are cancelling next week's ceremony at Caruthers Park, originally set for Thursday, November 19. Due to unexpected construction delays, PP&R staff do not feel the park is ready for active use this winter. "We still have a lot of finish work to complete in the park, so the contractor needs to remain on site to push that forward," said Eileen Argentina, PP&R Services Manager. "We want to make sure the park is fully finished and safe for use by the public before we open it for access."

The timing is similar to other new parks, including Gilbert Heights Park and Terrace Trails Park in east Portland, where opening ceremonies will also be held next spring to ensure the new lawn and other landscaping has had sufficient time to grow. The public grand opening of Caruthers Park is still on schedule for Spring 2010. In the meantime, the construction project is on budget and moving forward. The possibility of the park opening before the grand opening event in the Spring is yet to be determined.

Portland Parks & Recreation looks forward to celebrating the opening of the first park in the South Waterfront neighborhood with you next spring. It's been a long time in the works, but this breathtaking new park will provide a place of respite and recreation, a place for public gatherings and private moments, for generations to come.

For more information visit PortlandOnline.com or Contact Sandra Burtzos, Project Manager, 503-823-5594.

sowat
Nov 16, 2009, 8:41 PM
not much to report, still no sign of the orange/terracotta "CCP (cementitious composite panel) at the balcony alcoves", anywhere on the tower or sidecar.

The blue glass really does change color, or intensity actually, depending on the angle, and the light. I like to call it "Honey Bucket blue", since it compliments the baby blue Honey Bucket porta-potties so well.

a couple of shots out the window, this gray, very windy day

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/4773/mirab111609b.jpg

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/4677/mirab111609a.jpg

ps. Artist, I forgot to mention, last week they planted a ton of additional ferns and ground cover on the Meriwether roof that you will overlook. You can't really see them in the photo above, but this roof should be a lot greener by the time you move in.

Artist
Nov 17, 2009, 1:04 AM
Thanks for the photo update. Mmm, not sure about the comparison of the blues, but think the green roof concept is so interesting. It's not done here--maybe too dry. Enjoyed our .25" rain that washed the horse manure out of the trees, but not the recurring quakes. No relationship.

dkealoha
Nov 18, 2009, 4:58 PM
I SEE ORANGE! I couldn't get a pic of it this morning but one of the balconies on the podium facing the John Ross has the orange panels installed.

sowat
Nov 19, 2009, 12:21 AM
^ I just caught a glimpse of it driving by. I'd describe it as a "pale bright orange" color. I'll snap some shots on Friday if it isn't raining.

The Matisse is coming along, they installed the curtain wall glass on the retail and it's looking sharp. I'll snap some pics at the same time.

RoseCtyRoks
Nov 19, 2009, 9:28 PM
I had wondered if the orange panels were even still in the plans. I'm curious how this will look, once a few floors have these installed, as far as the overall appearance.

Here's the latest construction update from the Mirabella site, (Nov 16th) :


http://www.mirabellaretirement.org/portland/2009/111609.htm

sowat
Nov 20, 2009, 11:06 PM
I didn't snap any shots today, too grey and rainy. There's only 1 orange balcony alcove completed so far, probably as a test, but I'll take some pics when they finish more of them. The orange color is very similar to the color of the crane, btw.

sowat
Nov 24, 2009, 11:47 PM
orange/terracotta CCP at the balcony alcoves

It looks like this color too will really change appearance depending on the light and angle. Notice how much darker pumpkin/burnt orange it appears when in the late Fall afternoon sun.

looking northwest more into the sun:
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/1802/miraorange1.jpg

looking northeast with the late afternoon sun on the building, about 20 minutes later:
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4711/miraorange2.jpg

^ Notice the lower balcony received a black metal finish/trim edge, which helps disguise the bolt-on posts a bit better.

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/1954/miraorange3.jpg

sowat
Nov 25, 2009, 12:14 AM
Matisse update 11.24.09

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/2992/matisse112409a.jpg

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4715/matisse112409b.jpg

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/750/matisse112409c.jpg

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/5736/matisse112409d.jpg

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/371/matisse112409e.jpg

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/3418/matisse112409f.jpg

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/2541/matisse112409g.jpg

^actually I realized I like how these glass curtain walls look, as above, BEFORE they put the outside finish/trim on it. The glass has a sleeker, more flush look to it. When they add the trim it looks much more generic and boring. (imo)

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8797/matisse112409i.jpg

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/9112/matisse112409h.jpg

mmeade
Nov 25, 2009, 1:10 AM
^actually I realized I like how these glass curtain walls look, as above, BEFORE they put the outside finish/trim on it. The glass has a sleeker, more flush look to it. When they add the trim it looks much more generic and boring. (imo)


As it currently sits, the glass is held in with temporary clips. At this stage it tends to look a lot like structural silicone glazing. I agree it looks good that way, but the full term bars and caps need to be installed to keep the system water tight. I felt the same way about the Cyan/PDX when the ground floor curtain wall was being installed.

It's too bad structural silicone is so expensive, I'd love to see more of it in town.

crow
Nov 25, 2009, 2:48 AM
site installed structurally glazed curtainwall actually does not look so good. I believe the Meriwether has some, and it looks goopy. The real way is to unitize it like OHSU - CHH, or just accept the fact of the cap and make something of it. I think the architect did a fair job though flushing out the upper windows with the metal panel - at times that can look horrible with flashing sticking out etc.

Artist
Nov 25, 2009, 3:02 AM
Well, forget pink posies on the balcony. The orange will take some getting used to up close, but will probably be a good zippy addition to the overall look of the community. Thanks for the pics, Sowat.

PacificNW
Nov 25, 2009, 5:57 AM
▲▲ I like the orange....nice contrast with "all that blue"....

zilfondel
Nov 25, 2009, 8:06 AM
There are a huge number of windows in this building. Detailing is looking great, too.

Castillonis
Nov 25, 2009, 8:15 AM
Thanks to Cronked for allowing me to photograph the Mirabella. I forgot, was late, forgot part of my tripod, but Cronked was very patient. Thank you.

You are not able to zoom in as much as usual because I did not realize a good critical focus and I was shooting at f7.1 @ ISO 2000
http://www.stoneyphoto.com/forum/2009_11_22_mirabellaFirst%20copy_800x717.jpg (http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/f4c46f5a8bbe83691d2101d216850a1f/)

RoseCtyRoks
Nov 25, 2009, 8:56 AM
^^ Wow! Nice shots on a beautiful day, sowat! The orange sure blends in with the season.
Castillonis, I've really zoomed in a lot with your shot, and the detail is amazing! One can really see how the building is coming together, as well as the park.....right down to the adult size teeter-totters by the fountain! :haha: (I know, I know...)
Thanks again for updating all of us with these great pics. It's almost as nice as when my wife and I pick a sunny afternoon for a SOWA stroll!

Artist
Nov 25, 2009, 5:22 PM
Thanks, Castillonis, for this photo. Readers: don't use the zoom on your computer. Click on the image itself, which takes you to another program and allows you to zoom with profound clarity. I particularly enjoyed touring the park--this is an incredibly well designed urban park.

Sioux612
Nov 26, 2009, 6:50 PM
IMO, this came out much better than the renderings.

tworivers
Nov 27, 2009, 12:42 AM
I'd like to see a reappraisal of South Waterfront so far and figure out some creative way to work with developers (Prometheus if they don't sell, W+D, whoever else) to come up with different height limits for every block: partly because a mix of heights would lend the area a more organic feel, and partly because I just like the mid-rise human-scale contrast this building, in particular, offers in relation to the towers. More mid-rise, please, and I'm not just talking about sidecars.

I also would like to see the warehouses across the street to the west of this block get saved and re-used. They are architecturally interesting and also have historic value in such a history-less area.

Agree with Sioux612: much better than expected. I hope the veteran's housing gets going soon.

sowat
Dec 2, 2009, 10:27 PM
a couple of quick shots on my way to the Daily Café

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/6822/mira12209a.jpg

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9643/mira12209b.jpg

sowat
Dec 3, 2009, 3:34 AM
from today's E-current newsletter (a little late):

South Waterfront Code & Design Guideline Update Project

The City Council will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on the South Waterfront Code & Design Guideline Update Project. This project is a legislative planning effort that updates the Zoning Code and South Waterfront Design Guidelines to allow implementation of the South Waterfront Greenway Development Plan. The project also proposes zoning code amendments that remove an unintentional prohibition on hotels in the sub-district, remove the required housing target area, focus retail development at key locations in the sub-district, and update zoning maps within Chapter 33.510, Central City Plan District, of the Zoning Code to reflect amendments to the South Waterfront street plan.

For more information on the project, or to obtain a copy of the report, please visit
http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=47056

South Waterfront Code & Design Guideline Update Project
Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR

Okstate
Dec 3, 2009, 6:22 PM
remove an unintentional prohibition on hotels in the sub-district?

-Unintentional?

sowat
Dec 3, 2009, 11:51 PM
^it's surprising they didn't amend the guidelines sooner if they always wanted hotels to be included

from the planning page (link above)

Limitations on Hotels. The Zoning Code sets a maximum limit to the size of Retail Sales and Service uses in the South Waterfront subdistrict. Specifically, such uses are entitled to be up to 40,000 sq. ft. by right, and applicants can apply for a conditional use for uses up to a maximum of 60,000 sq. ft. Retail Sales and Service Uses larger than 60,000 sq. ft. are prohibited.
This maximum size was established to prohibit the development of “big box” or large format retail because there was a concern that such uses would be out of character with the district and would generate high volumes of traffic that would negatively impact the district. However, one problem with this restriction is that it also prohibited the development of hotels which are defined by the code as a Retail Sales and Service uses and are typically well over 60,000 sq. ft. in size. This is a problem in that hotels were identified by the South Waterfront Plan as one of the desired uses to be incorporated into the district.
The proposed amendment will retain the prohibition on large format retail uses while allowing hotels to occur. As hotels generate traffic volumes similar to that of the residential uses common in the district, no adverse impacts are anticipated by allowing this on type of Retail Sales and Service use to occur in the district.

smendesPDX
Dec 4, 2009, 4:34 PM
A "big box" retailer is exactly what this place needs. A downtown urban Target would bring so many people here!!! haha :banaride:

pdxtraveler
Dec 4, 2009, 10:21 PM
A "big box" retailer is exactly what this place needs. A downtown urban Target would bring so many people here!!! haha :banaride:

Actually I am for an urban Target! Just maybe not at South Waterfront. I am thinking on that lot between 9th and 10th/Alder and Washington.