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Old Posted Jul 16, 2017, 5:06 AM
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I just noticed the flowers in the paintings, which makes more sense when the first time it failed design review for not being as connected to the region. I am really liking this building, it is very unique and feels very Portland.
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I like it --agree about the color-- but it's definitely not the graphic that I would have chosen. Maybe I'm just getting old. I'll be sure to swing by next time I've dropped a bunch of acid, though.
It's a shame they didn't work with local artists to dream up something better than an Amusement Park chic motif... because what they designed looks like it should be in front of a roller coaster for kids.
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Dumbbell is goofy, but fun. It adds a lot to the corner. Burnside has come a long way.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2017, 7:02 AM
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St Francis Park Apts
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2017, 7:11 AM
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2017, 7:12 AM
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Little LOCA looks really awful....

St Francis makes me feel lost whenever I am over there, it is amazing how this building has changed the look and feel of that area. It is an improvement from the bums camping in the park, but definitely a major change for the area. Just another one of those signs that little Portland is becoming a big city.

811 Stark really impresses me, it is really striking architecture for that area.
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The new rooftop bar at the Washington High School has a great skyline view. I snuck up there before it opened.
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Considering this batch of projects and many others around the city, isn't it about time to propose an exterior palette other than dark charcoal gray?? Enough already!
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Considering this batch of projects and many others around the city, isn't it about time to propose an exterior palette other than dark charcoal gray?? Enough already!
Indeed. And the dark part isn't even the worst part of this building, it's that corner. Talk about a characterless eyesore. The park was so much better, regardless of who the inhabitants were.
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Indeed. And the dark part isn't even the worst part of this building, it's that corner. Talk about a characterless eyesore. The park was so much better, regardless of who the inhabitants were.
Gonna disagree. Took a property that was underutilized and a "park" only in name only. Now has over 100 low income apartments in the central city, including 20 for women transitioning from being homelessness. Is it a Hacker/WPA worthy design? No, but it's a win nonetheless and an improved design after review.
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Do the materials look as cheap in person as they do in the image above?
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I lean towards appreciating this building aesthetically thanks to its simple material palette. I think it looks quite a bit better in person, personally. Yes, it's "cheap", but it also looks relatively durable. I'd take this sort of approach over Sera's typical mishmash of materials and design elements any day -- it won't win any awards but it's not an eyesore, either, and its purpose is laudable (a far better use of that site than the "park" of destitution that was previously there).

I'm least crazy about the corrugated metal siding on the SE corner. That would have been a good spot for a splash of color(s) to set off the charcoal panels, which I actually like.
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Latest drawings [47 MB] for Ankeny Apartments, currently scheduled to go in front of Council again on August 9th.
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Notice of a Type II Proposal for 318 NE Couch (replaces previously approved Sideyard, I guess).
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Notice of a Type II Proposal for 318 NE Couch (replaces previously approved Sideyard, I guess).
A denser use of the space, but I kind of liked the design of the Sideyard...
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Ankeny Apartments: Fourth time's the charm

First project denied by Design Commission approved by City Council; developer's Fair Housing complaint against City still under investigation



The Ankeny Apartments, Portland's first design commission denial in living memory, has officially been to the City Council for the fourth time, after five design reviews and numerous design renditions.

The City Council unanimously approved the new designs. Commissioner Dan Saltzman was absent.

From a pre-application conference held February 2016, this has been a drawn-out effort by the team, city staff, commissioners and councilors. Next came the design review application and five design commission hearings, ending with the denial.
...continues at the Business Tribune.
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