Housing and commerce, wrapped up in one building
written by Sheila G. Miller
Architecture in Oregon is changing. Mixed use developments are taking root in Portland, Bend and Eugene. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going up right now.
Architecture in Oregon: Portland
The Goat Blocks, in Southeast Portland at 11th and Belmont, are so named for the goats the property owners hired a few years ago to clear the grass from the site. Today, the Goat Blocks is four apartment buildings with 347 apartments. The buildings have two rooftop decks, a pedestrian walkway and community spaces. On the ground floor is a Market of Choice, Orchard Supply Hardware, a cidery, coffee shop and two restaurants (one is a Chipotle).
The project opened this spring.
Architecture in Oregon: Bend
Nowhere has growth been quite so explosive in Bend as in Northwest Crossing. Now, SunWest Builders has begun construction on the BLRB Architects-designed Fremont Row, a block of condominiums on top of storefronts, as well as a stand-alone restaurant. The restaurant, set to be 2,600 square feet, has not been leased yet. Five, two-story condominiums and one single-story condominium will be located on top of five retail spaces, and the design will feature setback upper stories. Two of the condos are slated to cost in the upper $600,000 range, according to The Bulletin.
The project is slated for completion in March 2018.
Architecture in Oregon: Eugene
In South Eugene, a 120,000-square-foot mixed-use apartment building will feature ground level retail and four floors of residential apartments above. The development, designed by Rowell Brokaw Architects, sits on the former site of a church and will also offer below-grade parking. Essex General Construction will oversee the project, which will feature 9,000 square feet of retail space and 117 apartments.
The project broke ground in May.
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