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Old Posted Aug 16, 2019, 12:58 AM
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Old Town Chinatown Block 25 | 19 Floors | xx' | Proposed

Key Development (who were behind Yard) have been selected by Prosper Portland as the developer for Old Town Block 25. This is the surface parking lot at NW 4th & Flanders that's currently leased to NW Natural. They're proposing a 19-story building, including 466 units and four or five stories of cultural space.

The height limit on the site is 200'. The Central City Plan 2035 was appealed by Restore Oregon and a bunch of other bodies, who argued it should be lower. LUBA recently ruled that the city's findings were inadequate to support the choice to zone Chinatown for 200', but did not rule on the merits of the height itself.

Interestingly the ruling states that "maximum height limits... apply as of right", which has not been the view of the Historic Landmarks Commission. From page 13 of the LUBA ruling:

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Because CC 2035 adopts base and bonus maximum height limits that apply as of right to all new development across the District, the question of whether those base and bonus maximum heights "preserv[e] and complement historic resources," and thus comply with PCP Policy 4.48, is a question that the city council must answer. It may not be deferred to discretionary historic resources review of individual development proposals for compliance with the PCC criteria and the Guidelines.
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Old Posted Aug 16, 2019, 1:13 AM
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Interestingly the ruling states that "maximum height limits... apply as of right"
Wow. That's a game changer.
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