Portland Real Estate

Multi-Use Walkway in Milwaukie; Restore Oregon; empty storefronts; Luxury Bread Building

The engineering design for the new Kronberg Park Multi-Use Walkway is nearly complete in downtown Milwaukie. The walkway will stretch from SE McLoughlin Blvd. to the Kellogg Creek Bike-Pedestrian Bridge in south downtown Milwaukie.

The bridge spans consist of two weathering steel beams with a concrete deck. Over time, the weathering steel produces a natural brown rust-colored appearance that blends well with the forested context, and also reduces the need for maintenance painting in the future. The bridge is supported on hammerhead-style concrete piers with round columns. The columns, in turn, are supported on concrete footings with driven pile foundations. The railings will be galvanized steel in a pattern similar to those used for the Kellogg Creek pedestrian bridge at the north end of the park.

Opens spring of 2019.

 The walkway will connect downtown Milwaukie to McLoughlin.  Source.
The walkway will connect downtown Milwaukie to McLoughlin. 

Historic renovations wanted
Restore Oregon is inviting nominations for its 2018 DeMuro Award. Their goal is to recognize historic rehabilitation projects across Oregon that exemplify exceptional creativity, quality, and community impact, and to share the lessons learned. Submissions will be accepted through July 11th. They’re an amazing organization and I love what they do.

Empty storefronts in new buildings—it’s not your imagination
Not totally (but totally) Portland-related: what’s with all the new multi-family buildings with empty storefronts on the ground floor? From the excellent Strong Towns:

I seem to read about a new restaurant or bar opening almost every day. So there is clearly a demand for commercial space. Why not these newly built commercial spaces then, especially when most of them are in highly attractive, busy neighborhoods? The basic answer is, of course, that the rents are too expensive for small businesses.


Adaptive reuse project of the week: Luxury Bread Building
The Central Eastside and Eastside has such a rich fabric of older buildings that we hope can either a.) carry on or b.) at least be retrofitted and repurposed. Meet: the Luxury Bread Building built in 1929. Its previous life was a family bakery called the Luxury Bakery Company. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, the building will feature some impressive mechanicals, full seismic upgrades and will serve as a retail and production hub for the area, providing a home for Portland’s rapidly growing “maker” economy. Potential uses include food & beverage production, textiles, design, and creative office.

Portland Real Estate

Brick buildings: cute, but deadly; Milwaukie growth spurt; demolition porn; welcome to South Portland

URM buildings
Historical brick buildings, also known as unreinforced masonry buildings or URMs, “make up nine percent of the buildings in Portland. Though charming, they’re the most dangerous places to be in or near during an earthquake” (which can happen tomorrow or 100 years from now). So, what’s Portland going to do? Tear them all down? Make owners pay a bajillion dollars to reinforce? Replace them with boring, vanilla condos? Glad I’m not the one making decisions around here.

 Interesting, leaky roof. Presuming this one's coming down when sold.  Source. 
Interesting, leaky roof. Presuming this one’s coming down when sold. 

Downtown Milwaukie moves
Downtown Milwaukie (or DTM—too soon?) is on the cusp of a huge building boom. There’s new construction ready to start for the Axletree (110 units) and the rumor of a brewery on the bottom floor. Next door Coho Point at Kellogg Creek, a five-story mixed-use project is in the works.  And if you cross McLoughlin, there’s an interesting piece of property for sale in one of the few commercially zoned properties within the area. My guess is a tear-down. The roof leaks, it looks like it’s going to collapse, it’s a unique style. Watching this one for sure.

 The Axletree in downtown Milwaukie.  Source. 
The Axletree in downtown Milwaukie. Source. 

Demolition porn
Portland DJC posted a photo essay of demolition porn last week. The old Portland Music Co. building is a goner. Its replacement will be a “six-story, cross-laminated-timber building.” (Portland Music Co. moved down to Oak Grove on McLoughlin, by the way.)

Kyle Berens uses an excavator to support the building as the demolition of the structure begins.

Welcome to ‘South Portland’ again
Portland is moving closer to changing mailing addresses for nearly 10,000 businesses and homes in what would be the most significant change to the city’s address book since the Great Depression.  For some of you in Southwest, you will now be in South Portland.

Portland Real Estate

Renovating on SE Grand, property for sale in Oak Grove, Willamette Falls back on track

Michael Andersen looks at Portland’s infamous 1924 rezoning legacy that launched a “century of exclusion.”  Great news! After a brief hiccup, the Willamette Falls riverwalk project is back on track. (Sorry—PBJ subscribers only.)

Park Avenue Max stop property for sale 

For sale across from the Park Avenue Max stop—four parcels for a total of 27,014 SF lot. The site also includes a 4,752 SF industrial-flex building. The property is “ideal for owner use or a redevelopment opportunity.” Source.

Down in Oak Grove at the last Max stop, a key piece of property has been listed for sale. The whole corner is ripe for development. On one side you have the station, across from that is Max parking, then a 7-Eleven. With a local organization (Oak Grove is unincorporated) working with the county to re-imagine the intersection (e.g., introducing code so more sprawl doesn’t get thrown up on McLoughlin) this might be a viable intersection someday.

Old 70s building gets new look
Lorentz Bruun Construction announced on its Instagram page that they’re in the process of renovating an old furniture store on Grand (716 SE Grand). Built in 1904, the brick-cladded building had a modern facade plopped on in 1979. The building is next to Dig a Pony and Kachka. Bruun recently adapted the Iron Fireman warehouse building (1721-1799 SE Schiller St.) in SE Portland (coming soon: Ruse Brewing) and are working on the new Central Eastside Mt. Hood Brewery location at OMSI.

 There's brick behind that 1970s facade.  Source.  
There’s brick behind that 1970s facade. Source.