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Old Posted Aug 22, 2007, 2:37 PM
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this is new... how do they get to the design commission without us ever seeing the pre-app documents?? i know you check them all the time and i check them once a week or so. damn! oh well.
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this is new... how do they get to the design commission without us ever seeing the pre-app documents?? i know you check them all the time and i check them once a week or so. damn! oh well.
I don't understand the correlation either. It might be that the pre-application process is optional for those developers that want to test the waters of city and neighborhood approval.
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New retailers add life to S. Waterfront
Portland Business Journal - August 17, 2007
by Wendy Culverwell
Business Journal staff writer

Tina Chong was a virtual pioneer when she staked out a 1,400-square-foot claim in the South Waterfront and opened a small grocery.

Now, she's getting company. As of today, four businesses are up and running in the Meriwether condominiums, the first building to open in the 130-acre neighborhood. The Meriwether includes more than 270 residential units and about 7,000 square feet of street-level retail space, all leased.

The joint opening of a Japanese-French fusion restaurant, a cleaner and an espresso shop is an important development in the evolution of the South Waterfront from industrial land to high-rise urban neighborhood.

This fall, retailers such as Umpqua Bank, Pizza a Fetta and Pampered Pooch will open at the John Ross condominiums, which has about 20,000 square feet of retail space.

To date, the neighborhood has about 35,000 square feet of retail space, in the Meriwether, the John Ross and Atwater Place. Leasing hasn't started for several other projects in the offing, including the 3720 condominiums and Trammel Crow's Lexan apartment building.

When complete, the South Waterfront is expected to have between 100,000 and 200,000 square feet devoted to retail space.

Chong didn't need to be sold on the South Waterfront as the location for her business, called Urbana Market.

A Beaverton resident, she sold her former grocery in Old Town/Chinatown and was on the lookout for a spot to site an upscale store. She drove by the construction zone south of the Ross Island Bridge and immediately called Ashley Heichelbech, the Urban Works Real Estate broker working on leasing retail space at South Waterfront. She signed a five-year lease with a five-year renewal option and opened for business in May.

* Bella Espresso, a small Oregon chain with locations in Cannon Beach and Tanasbourne, took a 2,100-square-foot corner space at the Meriwether. Owners Julie and Kevin Countryman said the community-oriented focus of South Waterfront suits their business model.

The Countrymans and partner James Faurentino self-funded the new store on their own, as did most of their neighbors. Though they don't disclose finances, the partners were confident enough in the future of South Waterfront to sign a 15-year lease.

* At 900 square feet Bee Tailors and Cleaners is the smallest addition to the neighborhood. It's the third location for the Portland chain, owned by Jay Bleich.

Bleich leased space more than a year ago, before construction of the Meriwether wrapped up.

"It just looked like it was going to be a high-growth area," said Bleich, who self-funded the new location.

Bleich said he encountered only one skeptic when he considered expanding. His attorney suggested negotiating an escape clause in his lease if the numbers didn't pan out.

Bleich declined and signed to a 10-year agreement.

The South Waterfront has a daytime population of 1,200 to 1,600 people, including about 700 residents in the Meriwether condominiums and the neighboring John Ross condominiums, and 1,000 employees and visitors to the Oregon Health & Science University waterfront building.

Tenants will start moving into Atwater Place's 10,000 square feet of retail space next spring.

* Of all the people opening locations at South Waterfront, perhaps none is more busy than Sung Kim, of Le Hana Restaurant Group.

The Korean-born restaurateur opens Le Hana, a fine dining restaurant that fuses French cuisine and sushi, at South Waterfront today.

The first time he visited South Waterfront, the district was a massive construction zone and the future of the Portland Aerial Tram was very much in doubt. Undaunted, he visited the sales center and was convinced he needed to be in business there.

Kim is also considering opening a sushi restaurant and a tea business.

"I will be investing down here. I like the neighborhood a lot," he said.

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Old Posted Aug 24, 2007, 7:54 AM
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Prometheus Block 42

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Is there any news floating around as to what the Zidell family is planning to do with their waterfront properties???
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I'm also wondering if well see anymore 325' towers at SoWa after the Mirabella.
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Hopefully prometheus will come thru with some good stuff--when it comes to height
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thank the lord, JR, Atwater and now with the glass on 3280 (?) it's all the SAME. it's awful! Some mixing it up might actually make those three buildings, being so similar, nice and dense, but right now....ugh (and I'm a HUGE fan of the idea of SoWa)
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is there anymore news on this baby? I think it'll be another one of those iconic, district-defining projects. Especially in conjunction with the new light-rail bridge and aerial tram.

just wondering.
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The crane looks like it was raised to full height last weekend.
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you are correct couv, and dang that is high, wish there were some towers that high down there
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Looks like the Mirabella site is fenced off and ready to go
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If block 42 is a GBD design...

then which block is this? 41, 44 or 45?... (from the design commission agenda)

Date of Hearing: November 15, 2007 at 1:30 PM
1. LU 07-101940 DZM, GW Kristen Minor, 503-823-7972
Applicant: Mack Selberg, ANKROM MOISAN ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS
Site address: SO WATERFRONT AT ABERNATHY AND RIVER PKWY
24-story building with ground-level retail and 23 stories of residential condominium units. Townhouse residential
units in lower podium. Parking on two below-grade levels.


Later in the same agenda is...


LU 07-151312 DA Abigail Fowle. 503-823-0624
(Rescheduled from Oct 18, 2007 to Nov 15, 2007, POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Applicant: Tim Dacey, ANKROM MOISON ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS
Site address: Block 45A, SOUTH WATERFRONT
The applicant seeks Design Advice for an apartment building on Block 45A in South Waterfront.


could be the same thing, but not sure why they would list and review it as a seperate line item in the same meeting.

Anyone have some insight? My guess is that the first one is a block 41 review.
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hasn't it been like that for a while? though i hope its starting up soon
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⤴ If you look @ the Mirabella site on the So. Waterfront cam site you can see there is a difference between the July-September Pics and the present live October view....did I make sense....or did I confuse everyone..including myself? Too me, it looks like site preparation is underway..
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I understand what you mean but it looks like there is still a construction trailer on the site, and until that is moved I wouldn't call it site prep
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then which block is this? 41, 44 or 45?... (from the design commission agenda)

Date of Hearing: November 15, 2007 at 1:30 PM
1. LU 07-101940 DZM, GW Kristen Minor, 503-823-7972
Applicant: Mack Selberg, ANKROM MOISAN ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS
Site address: SO WATERFRONT AT ABERNATHY AND RIVER PKWY
24-story building with ground-level retail and 23 stories of residential condominium units. Townhouse residential
units in lower podium. Parking on two below-grade levels.


Later in the same agenda is...


LU 07-151312 DA Abigail Fowle. 503-823-0624
(Rescheduled from Oct 18, 2007 to Nov 15, 2007, POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Applicant: Tim Dacey, ANKROM MOISON ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS
Site address: Block 45A, SOUTH WATERFRONT
The applicant seeks Design Advice for an apartment building on Block 45A in South Waterfront.


could be the same thing, but not sure why they would list and review it as a seperate line item in the same meeting.

Anyone have some insight? My guess is that the first one is a block 41 review.
i noticed this "block 45a" also... the intersection of abernethy and river parkway is surrounded by 41, 42 and 45a (and 44).
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Just for reference
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Thanks a million! Tram passes passenger milestone
OHSU - Despite its controversial birth, the Portland icon is more popular than anticipated
Thursday, October 18, 2007
ANDY DWORKIN
The Oregonian

Portlanders disagree about many parts of the new aerial tram.

Some reviewers see "a sculpture," "postcard-pretty" and "a Portland icon." Others "a vanity project," "a full-blown public relations nightmare" and "a $45 million fiasco."

But Wednesday morning, at least one feature of the tram passed argument: It's popular. Especially if you work or study at Oregon Health & Science University.

Just after 8 a.m., 67-year-old Portland resident Coelleda O'Neil took what university officials reckoned to be the millionth ride on the tram (counting a one-way trip as one ride). Like most tram riders, O'Neil is an OHSU employee. She has worked there for 25 years and does computer work in the family medicine department.

O'Neil also represented a small minority of riders: OHSU patients. She was honored on the way down from Marquam Hill to visit a doctor at OHSU's year-old Center for Health and Healing, said Mike Brooks, the school's transportation operations manager.

The tram, which spans the 3,300 feet from OHSU's Marquam Hill main campus to its South Waterfront expansion, logged its millionth ride earlier than expected, Brooks said. That continues generally positive reviews that the tram has won since its public opening in January, underscored by a large number of locals and tourists riding just for the experience.

"I had a couple that literally came from New Jersey to ride and to drive down the gorge," Brooks said.

The operating success contrasts markedly with the project's planning and execution, fiercely opposed by many neighbors, whose roofs and bedroom windows are now eye candy for tram riders.

Construction ran 10 months over schedule and more than $40 million over the initial $15.5 million estimate. In the end, the project cost about $57 million: $38.2 million from OHSU, $8.5 million from Portland, $4.5 million from South Waterfront property owners, $3.8 million from South Waterfront developers and $2 million in state tax credits.

Now it's the ridership that's well above projections: 37 percent higher than expected on weekdays, even more on weekends, when the curious public has been riding, said Sam Adams, who oversaw some of the project's planning and operations as city commissioner in charge of transportation. (Portland owns the tram, but OHSU operates it through a subcontractor.)

"We're bringing in more fare revenue than we anticipated and ridership is higher than we anticipated, so this is a good start," Adams said.

The tram costs about $100,000 a month to operate, Brooks said. Just how much revenue it's bringing in wasn't clear Wednesday; the city employee with those figures was involved in the TopOff terror drill and unavailable for comment.

It's hard to know exactly how many people have actually ridden the tram, Brooks said, because many free riders need no tickets, especially OHSU employees and students. That group yields the bulk of rides. Some OHSU workers make 12 or 14 trips a day delivering mail and supplies, Brooks said.

Only a couple of percent of the riders are patients, partly because OHSU discourages hospital inpatients from using the tram, Brooks said. If the car had to stop midway, there's no guarantee inpatients could get to medical help in time, he said.

Tram workers have been counting riders, even without tickets. So they knew a million was close. When they were sure they'd hit a million, Brooks rode to the top stop and waited to pick a winner from the crowd of downhill passengers.

O'Neil "was the only person who showed up," Brooks said. "So we said, 'Wow. That makes it easy.' "

They gave her a free messenger bag packed with gifts, including chocolates, clothing and a certificate to the spa in OHSU's Center for Health and Healing - a happy surprise.

"Thankfully she was not a cardiac patient," Brooks said. "That was one of our jokes."

Andy Dworkin: 503-221-8564; andydworkin@news.oregonian.com

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From the pre application agenda

Block 41 renderings...
South Elevation


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