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As long as we're on the topic and in the neighborhood... this is only a block or two away at SW 2nd and Jefferson. It's a building with so much potential that has sat vacant - pretty much abandoned - for probably at least 15 years. Maybe double that? I'd love to see it rehabbed. I'd especially love to see it turned into loft homes, though I know that's not at all likely. I'm a sucker for lofts, especially in old buildings with great bones. I used to live in the building this is against, The Essex House, years ago. I loved living in this part of downtown.
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Iconic - and beloved - Galleria is for sale
Portland Business Journal by Wendy Culverwell , Business Journal staff writer
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012, 2:58pm PDT - Last Modified: Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:04pm PDT

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/...&ed=2012-04-27

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...We learned this week that The Bill Naito Co. is offering it for sale. It’s no surprise.

With Target Corp. slated to take two floors for a new urban-themed retail outlet, The Galleria at long last has a future to match its past. With Target Corp., Brooks Brothers and other tenants signed to long-term leases, Bill Naito Co. can expect to turn a nice profit on the building.

It’s a good time for The Galleria and historic preservationists who want to see the 1910-built department store rehabilitated and reused.
Thanks to Target, The Galleria is getting a $15 million makeover worthy of its proud retail history.

That includes more than $3 million earmarked for seismic updates. The investment ensures The Galleria will play a major role in Portland’s retail scene for decades to come...
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Old Posted Apr 27, 2012, 10:28 PM
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Provenance takes stake in The Governor
Premium content from Portland Business Journal by Wendy Culverwell , Business Journal staff writer
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:00am PDT

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/...-governor.html

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Downtown Portland’s 100-room Governor Hotel will get a light makeover after its sale to a new ownership group.

Portland-based Provenance Hotel Group is teaming with Dallas-based Woodbine Development Co. to buy the hotel from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Woodbine Development is a real estate investment firm associated with members of the prominent Hunt family in Texas.

The deal will close in May. Terms were not disclosed...
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2012, 11:11 PM
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Ok, I was strolling through DT again today (great weather!) and there is one block that bothers me more than the empty PAW hole: The Oak Tower block.

That was one of my favorite proposals but now it's just an absolute eyesore.
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2012, 2:55 AM
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That's Randy Leonard's hole! The tower was set to go and he made a big fuss about providing tax breaks for the proposed affordable units in the building, thinking they should be multiple bedroom family size apartments on all level of floors, instead of affordable studios in the lower portion of the tower. Worked out well for downtown, eh?
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2012, 8:11 AM
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A picture of downtown Portland's surface parking lots, vacant buildings and undeveloped blocks I stumbled across.



This was in a compilation of similar images from other US cities.

http://www.metrojacksonville.com/art...ibrancy-killer

Portland, in comparison to many other major cities, fared pretty well. Still this number is way too high for my liking.
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Old Posted May 1, 2012, 1:45 AM
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I agree. Far too much vacant land. And just think, that does not even include other close in areas like Lloyd Center/Rose Quarter and South Waterfront. I often think what this city really needs is just 100,000 more people to live and work on all those vacant site.
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I often think what this city really needs is just 100,000 more people to live and work on all those vacant site.
I'm sure they're on the way. The US population is estimated to go up 100 million in the next 30 years, I'm sure the Portland metropolitan area will receive at least a million of that.
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A picture of downtown Portland's surface parking lots, vacant buildings and undeveloped blocks I stumbled across.
Thanks for sharing. I do have a couple clarifications. The Morrison bridgehead is preparing for a public market and office tower. The USPS parking lot is another large chunk of land the city is trying to purchase and redevelop. A large piece in the far west Pearl is the under construction Fields. In NW, those large blocks are Con-Way property, preparing to be developed. Those four projects significantly reduces the amount of squared off land.

But yes, I agree, we still have a lot of work to do.
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Old Posted May 4, 2012, 2:29 AM
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I do have a couple clarifications...
That was very true. It's amazing to think of those huge chunks of land that are (hopefully) going to soon be changing for the better. That being said, every time I pass the parking lots at SW 10th & Main, I just shrug. It's sad. I realize those lots make money, but it's sad. It's amazing how much prime land is wasted, even in the heart of downtown. And it's sad.
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Old Posted May 4, 2012, 7:31 AM
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^The triangle across from Union Station, attached to an apartment complex bordering Naito, is also under construction, another block to scratch off the list.
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The block directly south of the Portland Plaza building is such a great spot for a high-rise building. It's a shame it's just a surface parking lot.

On the Riverplace area; Marriott is developing the lot behind the Strand buildings but the area I'm more interested in is the large area behind the (new) Marriott plot:

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Lincoln High School plans to develop housing with help from URA money
POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 02:34 PM PT
BY: Reed Jackson, Daily Journal of Commerce

http://djcoregon.com/news/2012/05/08...ith-ura-money/

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The primary focus of the URA would be Portland State University. However, the URA also would encompass a considerable amount of land around PSU; Lincoln High School, in fact, could gain $10 million from it.

Peyton Chapman, Lincoln’s principal, said the URA could benefit the school’s long-term plan to build a new facility, 1,682 workforce housing units and a large parking garage. Chapman recognizes that a number of bonds would have to be passed for the plan that could cost $130 million; however, she said the URA is necessary to establish essential partnerships.

“The way state funding is, you have to have these partnerships,” Chapman said. “We need to link together with PSU and OHSU the same way Roosevelt (High School) is linked to Concordia (University) and Jefferson (High School) is linked to (Portland Community College). If the URA can attract $50 million more from partners, then that would be well worth it.”

First proposed by Lincoln’s Long-Term Development Committee in 2009, the plan calls for creating a 21st-century superblock, where residents can live and learn in the same neighborhood. A report by the committee lays out three concepts, with the “most preferred” being the one to redevelop the school’s 11-acre plot near the heart of downtown.

Chapman said the structures proposed in the plan could be used by other schools and area businesses. For example, the proposed two-story parking structure could be used by PGE Park and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Or the 1,682 workforce housing units could be used by PSU students and faculty.

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A long-term development plan for Lincoln High school calls for constructing 1,682 workforce housing units, a new football field and a two-story parking garage. (Rendering courtesy of Portland State University)


A two-story parking garage planned as part of Lincoln High School redevelopment would include a track and basketball facility. (Rendering courtesy of Portland State University)
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Could capping Interstate 405 be in Portland's future? Portland City Hall roundup
Published: Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:18 AM Updated: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:04 PM
By Beth Slovic, The Oregonian

http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandc...ate_405_b.html

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The urban-renewal zone that the Portland City Council approved last week jogs west of downtown to include the Lincoln High School campus.

But to get to Lincoln it also includes a fairly larger cross-section of Interstate 405...
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...In a letter to the Portland Development Commission, the Goose Hollow Foothills League says it is interested in "capping at least portions of I-405 to mitigate the effects of transportation infrastructure which ripped through our neighborhood in the 1960s."

The league also writes that it is interested in a different option: "greening the I-405 corridor with urban parks and commercial blocks to significantly increase the value and redevelopment potential of areas that are not benefiting the Portland residents to their full potential."
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..Any changes to I-405 would also be a long way off.

There's also no money set aside now in the new urban-renewal zone for capping I-405. But the zone's life extends to 2041, and a lot can change.
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To me this seems like such an obvious no-brainer, I can't understand why Katz was so ridiculed for proposing it. Couldn't the city just give away the air rights for free and let developers cap it with buildings?
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So long, Violetta

Violetta is vacating the cool glass box in Director Park. Elephants will take over the space.
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To me this seems like such an obvious no-brainer, I can't understand why Katz was so ridiculed for proposing it. Couldn't the city just give away the air rights for free and let developers cap it with buildings?
I agree, but I don't think that will happen until all the surface parking lots are built on and the demand for more develop-able land is way higher.
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Violetta is vacating the cool glass box in Director Park. Elephants will take over the space.
Too bad, I loved their burgers. Their prices were a little steep though, and I usually ended up going to one of the carts two blocks down, then walked back to the canopy to eat. Might be one of the reasons they are closing shop.
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Too bad, I loved their burgers. Their prices were a little steep though, and I usually ended up going to one of the carts two blocks down, then walked back to the canopy to eat. Might be one of the reasons they are closing shop.
I talked to one of the guys there, and they said that the building was too small and they had to make a lot of stuff off site and that they would be somewhat happy to leave.

But yeah their burgers were great.
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I agree, but I don't think that will happen until all the surface parking lots are built on and the demand for more develop-able land is way higher.
But you still have to buy or get a very long-term lease on that parking lot. If we could somehow give away the air rights over the freeway, I can't see why developers would hesitate. Of course, the air rights probably belong to the federal government, given that the it's an interstate. But Seattle did it, right?
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