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Portland construction worker falls four stories when crane topples
05:32 PM PDT on Monday, May 7, 2007
By KGW Staff

A construction worker hoisted high into the air at a project site in Northwest Portland was injured when the lift fell over Monday morning.

Witnesses said the man was working about four stories up when the crane supporting his lift toppled over, sending him and his bucket crashing down.

“I was just in my office and could hear a lot of yelling and then just a huge crash, you could actually feel the building shake a little,” Mark Lintner said.

The worker was seriously hurt but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, authorities said. He was conscious when he was transported to the hospital.

When the machine tipped over, it crushed a car and severely damaged a truck. The work site was shut down.

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I just did a photo thread on NW Portland.

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I kind of like what the Westerly is doing, especially from a distance. And I appreciate the fact that from certain perspectives, as in the top photo, it blocks out that nasty sh*t on the hill that Sera did many years ago.
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there is a render in todays inportland section(brick, three stories, nothing interesting)
City said no, but parking plan back on table
Thursday, May 17, 2007
By Fred Leeson
Somewhere in a closed room, a mediator is meeting with Richard Singer and Northwest Portland residents who oppose Singer's plan to build a parking garage at 2311 N.W. Irving St.

The private sessions could be the toughest test yet of Mayor Tom Potter's belief in mediation as a tool for resolving neighborhood disputes.

"It still seems to me like pounding a square peg into a round hole," says Juliet Hyams, vice-chairwoman of the Northwest District Association, referring to the three-story garage. Half the site behind the Papa Haydn restaurant is zoned commercial and half is zoned residential, a sticky point in a neighborhood that wants to preserve housing.

Hyams is not on the neighborhood mediation team, so her pessimism is mere opinion. But it's shared by two City Council members who were on the losing end of a 3-2 vote that seemingly killed the garage in February. "It can't work, to be blunt," Commissioner Randy Leonard said last month, when the council agreed to mediation.

The answer will come next month, when the parties return to the City Council after the private talks.

"Everything is on the table, from the number of cars to the height of the garage and the setbacks from the sidewalk," said Timothy Ramis, an attorney for Singer.

The garage has been in one planning stage or another for six years while the neighborhood and the City Council wrangle about neighborhood parking plans. Ramis said Singer listened to neighborhood objections at the City Council hearing and wanted to make a new attempt at compromise.

Leonard and Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who favored the garage plan in February, predicted mediation wouldn't work because the council had already tipped its hand voting against the garage. "I'm not sure what good it will do," Saltzman said.

Yet there is a possibility the vote wouldn't withstand a challenge to the state Land Use Board of Appeals. Potter, who is still tuning into quirks of Oregon's complex, quasi-judicial land-use rules, may have committed a faux pas in voting against the garage.

The mayor said his decision was based in part on a walking tour weeks before when he looked at the site and thought the garage would be a bad fit. The appeals board could return the case on grounds that Potter's vote was not based on testimony and written exhibits as required.

Hyams says she was surprised when Potter offered mediation. "I think he was trying to do a positive thing," she said. A mediated plan could allow neighbors and garage designers more leeway with the city's sometimes strict design guidelines, because the council probably would be pleased to approve a mutually acceptable compromise.

If mediation is unsuccessful, nothing would stop Singer from submitting new plans aimed at resolving the council's concerns about pedestrian safety and other issues.

"As long as a property is controlled by a developer," Ramis said, "the developer can come back and back and back with other plans. There is a long history of cases where projects were rejected before one finally got approved."

Fred Leeson: 503-294-5946; fredleeson@news.oregonian.com
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I can't find the Westerly thread either...

Westerly project presents a plethora of challenges
Portland Business Journal - May 18, 2007
by Wendy Culverwell
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Charlie Kloppenburg | Portland Business Journal
Real estate brokers Alex Hughes and Debbie Thomas tour the under-construction Westerly.
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As construction sites go, The Westerly condominiums is a doozy.

The 14-story project sits at the edge of a busy parking lot. It overlooks Uptown Shopping Center on one side and the face of a steep cliff on the other. Then there's the parking issue.

The building displaced 57 parking spots, which had to be replaced. So, with construction proceeding on the floors above, 57 parking spots in the building's lower level parking garage are open to the public.

The Westerly presents a tricky balancing act for developer Jack Onder and his contractor, Andersen Construction. But Onder, a veteran builder and principal for Onder Development LLC, said there's nowhere else in Portland that he'd rather build luxury condominiums.

"It's absolutely perfect," he said.

The same goes for timing too. While news about foreclosure rates and a cooling residential market scare off some potential buyers, Onder said he has no concerns about The Westerly, which has been in the works for several years.

"I would start it today in a heartbeat," he said, echoing the stubborn optimism of local developers, who seem intent on keeping Portland's skyline full of cranes.

The Westerly, like its condo neighbors, stands firmly in luxury territory.

Prices begin at $412,000 and rise steeply from there. The asking price for a penthouse is more than $3.6 million. Several have sold.

Nelda Scott Newton, vice president for the real estate group at Wells Fargo, has studied Portland's condominium market. She doesn't doubt Onder when he says he wouldn't hesitate to build a project like The Westerly today, even with the shades of gray clouding the market. The Westerly has the makings of a popular project -- a unique location, desirable neighborhood and just 104 units.

"You're right there with your back against the hill. You have incredible views that won't go away. I'm not surprised that he would say he would start it today," she said. "That project will be a successful project."

While upper-tier projects such as The Westerly press on, a changing market is giving some developers pause.

The ongoing conversion of the former Portland Center apartments into the Harrison Condominiums is Portland's single largest condo conversion project by a long shot. The property consists of more than 500 units, including townhouses, contained within three towers.

The first two towers have been modernized and converted, with "nice steady" progress on sales, according to John Managan, spokesman for the developer, Reliance Development Inc.

Reliance recently began renovations for the third tower, which is on the south side of Southwest Harrison Street.

It remains unclear if the units in the third tower will be put up for sale, or if the entire building will be separated from the other two and sold as a single building, presumably to someone who will operate it as an apartment tower.

That's because apartment occupancy rates -- and rents -- are rising, giving operators a new incentive to keep multifamily properties as income-producing rentals rather than for-sale condos.

"It's not a secret that apartments are coming into favor," said Wells Fargo's Newton.

The phenomenon -- apartments being converted to condominiums and then back to apartments -- has a name: reversion.

Already one major project has succumbed to the lure of rising rents. The 21-story Ladd Tower project at 1300 S.W. Park Ave. was to include 220 luxury condominiums.

In March, Opus Northwest LLC changed its mind. Ladd Tower instead will feature 220 luxury apartments.

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looks like a 6-story something is proposed on 19th and Hoyt by SERA.

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isn't there a liquor store with parking on at least part of that site now (or something like that)?
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Its a nasty corner parking lot right across from Couch Park. This is a great place for infill development, nothing of value will be destroyed.
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The latest NW Examiner has another article about Con-Way's developments plans. Apparently, they're accelerating their plans - they've hired GBD to create a master plan, which might include a park, and also calls for the streetcar to be extended up 21st to their offices and then out Thurman (or Vaughn?) to Montgomery Park. A city planner in change of streetcar planning says in the article that these are still pretty vague plans. Still, wonderful news, given I live right next to Montgomery Park. The only concrete plans so far are for a retail building, possibly with housing, on the parking lot across from McMenamin's (across Savier) on 23rd. Also, Legacy plans a new building at 22nd and Northrup, where they currently have their recycling plant. Both of these are about two years away.
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Hmm, I'll have to go pickup a copy of the NW Examiner then! Any photos to scan?
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good to see something happen to all that open land, there seems to really be a lot of potential for that area, its essentially a clean slate in a great location.


theres supposed to be a city-wide streetcar plan underway, afterall theres many informal proposals for lines and extensions throughout the city that have been mentioned in the last few years.
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I would think using the 18th/19th couplet would be better for streetcars to Thurman, then out to Montgomery Park. It would connect better with the Burnside/Couch streetcar and PGE Park. Besides which, 21st Ave would be a really tight squeeze.
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^ Can't be any worse than Lovejoy, can it? 21st is already home to a bus route, and it doesn't get much traffic to the north of Northrup.
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dup...see article next post down
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S.W. Portland not quite ready for mixed-use development
Daily Journal of Commerce
by Kennedy Smith
07/03/2007


Along Southwest Capitol Highway, a four-lane throughway that connects Portland to Beaverton, there’s a small strip of businesses including Starbucks, Wild Oats and a McMenamins restaurant. Designated a town center by regional government Metro, the strip is what most people associate with the Hillsdale neighborhood, last stop on the way to Beaverton. But it’s hardly a stop at all.

Just before the road splits into Capitol Highway and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at 18th Avenue, the neighborhood’s first mixed-use project is under way. But most other development in the neighborhood is single-family infill.

The development is “the biggest thing going on in Hillsdale right now,” said Leonard Gard, a land-use specialist at Southwest Neighborhoods Inc., a consortium of 16 Southwest Portland neighborhood associations and three business associations.

The Watershed at Hillsdale, developed by the nonprofit Community Partners for Affordable Housing Inc., will contain 51 affordable senior housing units, a 1,500-square-foot community center and 3,300 square feet of commercial space.

But the rest of outer southwest’s development activity comprises single-family houses, row houses and condominium conversions, said Jeff Parker, a Realtor who markets Southwest Portland properties.

As far as mixed-use development goes, Parker said, the Watershed at Hillsdale stands alone.

Permit records from 1995 to 2004 show Portland’s west side comprising about 26 percent of the city’s single-family units and 5 percent of its multifamily units, according to the Portland Bureau of Planning.

The majority of the city’s large, multifamily projects have been built in Northwest, with the Southwest primarily housing smaller infill projects, the bureau said.

Because the Watershed at Hillsdale is the first development of its kind in Southwest, it’s hard to tell whether it will spur more mixed-use development, Gard said, especially when all the other development activity is single-family residential.

“Hillsdale has the best chances for row houses, so that’s what we’re seeing out here,” he said.

The major roadblock to mixed-use development, Gard said, is a zoning constraint that doesn’t allow for more than one use on most parcels.

In 2001, City Council adopted the Southwest Community Plan, which aimed to change some of the restrictions in order to rezone certain residential areas to commercial mixed-use. The Watershed at Hillsdale is the first mixed-use development since the plan’s adoption.

The plan encourages transit- and pedestrian-oriented mixed-use projects and a range of housing types, including affordable housing. But most of Southwest Portland is zoned for single-family medium- and low-density development.

Although most neighbors support more intense development with a mix of commercial and residential space, Gard said, Hillsdale is playing catch-up with the rest of Portland.

Gard said he’s holding out to see the kind of development outlined in the 2001 plan, “more intense development along the thoroughfares like Barbur, and some kind of project that would bring a work force with it.”

Land in Southwest is scarce for mixed-use projects, Gard said. Community Partners for Affordable Housing has applied to develop a project on Multnomah Boulevard that would comprise a mix of residential types but no commercial space.

The only other foreseeable opportunity for a mixed-use project in Southwest Portland is the Burlingame Fred Meyer store, east of the Watershed at Hillsdale, at 7555 S.W. Barbur Blvd. Fred Meyer is exploring redeveloping the store into a supermarket with housing attached, Melinda Merrill, a spokeswoman for the company, said.

“The community very much wants housing in there, so we’re working on finding a developer and figuring out how to do that,” she said.

Architect Richard Brown, whose firm rehabilitated an old auto garage into the Pacific Artists Dance Center on Capitol Highway, is eyeing a lot across from the Watershed at Hillsdale for retail use.

“We looked at mixed-use but it quickly became too complicated,” he said. “There was not enough parking to support it.” But, Brown said, mixed-use development in the area is “just a matter of time.”

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A project on 19th and Overton, unloved in this forum, was just approved for construction:

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I know that I'm a loner, but I kind of like this one.
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