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Old Posted Dec 9, 2007, 2:24 AM
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Designed changed to two twin spires

Park Blocks 'beacon' gets design approval
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Fred Leeson
The Oregonian

Only in Portland, perhaps, would final haggling about the design of a 33-story retail, office and condo tower come down to bicycle parking and the dimensions of the loading dock.

A unanimous vote this month by the Portland Design Commission cleared those hurdles, making way for developer Tom Moyer's third and perhaps most notable downtown tower, to be called Park Avenue West.

From bottom to top, the tower at 728 S.W. Ninth Ave. will have four subsurface parking levels, two floors of retail, 20 stories of offices and 11 stories of condos, topping out with a roofline at 472 feet. Twin decorative spires will rise to 515 feet.

"I think this will be a sentinel to downtown," Lloyd Lindley, design commission chairman, said during the final vote.

Well before it's finished, however, the tower is prompting city officials to re-evaluate the floor-area bonuses that Portland's complex regulations allow for new downtown buildings that provide long-term parking and locker rooms for bicycle riders.

Moyer's new tower gained 66,000 square feet -- the equivalent of about four office floors -- when developers agreed to provide bike facilities in the tower and under the adjacent Park Block 5 that will sit next door to the south.

Under the city's 40-to-1 bonus system, the developers had to offer 1,650 square feet for bike facilities to obtain the 66,000 square feet. Ken Nichols, director of Bike Republic, a company that plans to operate facilities for bike commuters, estimated the value of the bonus square footage at $20 million. By comparison, the cost of the bike facilities will be a pittance, he said.

Paul Schlesinger, a design commission member and president of the Portland Planning Commission, said the planning body will review the bike bonus as part of a routine update. He said the bike incentive is "the most liberal bonus given for floor-area ratio expansion" in the city rules.

Nichols said he doesn't think the provision was necessarily too generous, but he said the city code should be more specific in designating the number of showers and size of storage lockers.

The bike locker in Park Avenue West will be available only to tenants and residents. However, the bike locker under Park Block 5 will be available to anyone wishing to rent parking and locker space. Access will be by stairway or elevator.

Final plans for the new tower reduce its loading space from 75 feet to 48 feet along Park Avenue. Most deliveries and garbage collection will be during early-morning hours. Developers reached an agreement with the nearby Nordstrom store to coordinate loading times.

A canted roof over mechanical equipment atop the tower will present a different view of the roofline from four directions. Portions of the top will be lighted at night to offer a gentle glow.

"It's going to be an icon," said Lili Mandel, a downtown resident and advocate of density and a vibrant, mixed-use city center. "It will be a beacon. It is absolutely wonderful."

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can't wait for new pics. Should add a good bit to the skyline.
     
     
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Nice building, and pretty fall for Portland.

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^^^ I hope that its those low, crappy looking things in the middle, not the one to the right, that brick one has character and class and is not the kind of building that should be demolished!

I'm liking this design though the spire looks a little tacked on.
Tearing it down might be worth a 500 footer, but I sort of agree with you. I love those types of buildings and unfortunately we don't have a ton out west so it's a shame every time one is torn down. It would be cool if they could find a way to preserve its facade or something.
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Nice building, and pretty fall for Portland.



Tearing it down might be worth a 500 footer, but I sort of agree with you. I love those types of buildings and unfortunately we don't have a ton out west so it's a shame every time one is torn down. It would be cool if they could find a way to preserve its facade or something.
I agree with you on that. Those small footprint old brick buildings are few and far between in this city. I wish there was a way around it without tearing it down, but I know that isnt possible. All we can really hope for is that the city doesn't lose any more of these buildings. Another reason why I am all for preserving and renovating as much as possible on the midtown blocks. That should be a very strong key to the city. Although, I do believe this tower will help that happen, so in that sense it is worth losing this building for that purpose.
     
     
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I think the new PAW tower is incredible! It will be a much needed addition to the skyline midway between the Wells Fargo Tower and "Big Pink." It should bring much needed balance to the wide tooth "grin" of the current skyline. Can't wait for it to become reality!
     
     
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Hello from Vancouver, the other one in B.C. Why is your KOIN tower named KOIN? Is it the headquarters for a station called KOIN?
     
     
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Thanks for posting my renders Dougal. I wanted to update it though because the two renders I made of PAW that you posted are faced the wrong direction.

Of course I didn't know that though when I made them.

So, here's an update, plus what it looks like before and after. Happy New Year everybody!

Facing south:



And facing north:


2008! Make it great......

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Rumor is that Hoffman Construction will build this job.
     
     
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^^^Doesn't surprise me. They do most all of the larger projects in portland it seems.
     
     
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Looks like a nice tower.
     
     
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Thanks for the renderings. Portland's skyline is starting to really improve and take shape. Where would the Ladd Tower fit into these pictures?
     
     
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This will be a terrific addition to Portland. Beautiful design.
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Hello, I am establishing a Park Avenue West baseline so we can track the demolition of the existing buildings that will begin soon. Someone suggested we take pictures of the old buildings anyway, so here you go:















By the way, that pretty brown brick building is the only one I'll be sorry to see go. The consolation is, we will have something really beautiful in its place!
     
     
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The Zell Bros shop has closed and they are getting ready to close the Virginia Cafe. Their last night at the old location is Sunday the 24th, so grab a brew and witness a bit of local history!





     
     
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Here's some detail shots of the block that I got last year. Sorry that it has taken this long to post them. When I found out that they were going to demolish the whole block, I wanted to keep a couple unique pieces of the Zell's Building: Their clocks:


Square clock on the main signage. Love the silver neon!

It is those really small touches that makes each building special:


Clock on column at main entry, corner of Park and Morrison, facing Park (another on the other side faces Morrison)


A very complicated looking world clock graces the Park Avenue side near the Virginia Cafe.
New York-Paris-Hong Kong-Portland-Panama(!?)

Those are just things you just don't see anymore on buildings. Hopefully someone gets them and saves 'em.
     
     
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Update 3-08-08:

The clocks have been removed and there are notices on the windows concerning the impending demolition and traffic snarls.







     
     
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Great building and awesome location in the skyline. Would love to see a rendering of how it might look from the east looking west.
     
     
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