Portland plans dense development in Pearl District


The city is weighing options for a 14-acre property near the Broadway Bridge and Union Station.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The City of Portland is weighing redevelopment options for a 14-acre property near the Broadway Bridge and Union Station.

The Oregonian explored the options, most of which include plans for a dense, upward development.

Two of the concepts include new skyscrapers that, if built, would be Portland’s tallest, eclipsing the 546 foot Wells Fargo Center. Other sketches include embracing Union Station as an icon and creating a new public plaza surrounding the train station.

Earlier this year, the Portland Development Commission entered formal negotiations with the postal service to buy the 14 acre site, which city leaders long pined for and describe as one of the most high-profile pieces of land in the city. The development agency is in the due diligence phase, and the city is attempting to find a new home for the postal service.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

You can vote, before the end of August 7, on the proposals here.

The proposals, as described by the PDC website:

CONCEPT 1: CASCADE

This concept highlights the end point of the North Park Blocks within the Post Office site and connects this open space to the series of parks to the west; provides a central route for the Green Loop biking path; connects public spaces via steps or a pathway to the “Y” of the Broadway Bridge.

CONCEPT 2: STATION

This concept emphasizes Union Station as an icon for the district by creating a new civic plaza in front of the station and activating space under the Broadway Bridge; extends the Green Loop bike path around the Post Office site along the Broadway Bridge.

CONCEPT 3: INNOVATION

This concept maximizes the size of building floorplates to accommodate a large anchor employer while maintaining a high level of pedestrian access at the ground floor; emphasizes lower building heights without sacrificing room for employment growth; extends the Green Loop bike path through and around the site.

CONCEPT 4: STITCH

This concept connects Pearl District, Union Station, and Old Town/Chinatown through an emphasis on public spaces and water features; enhances views of the river; extends the Green Loop bike path around the site.

CONCEPT 5: WEAVE

This concept provides multiple paths and open spaces throughout the site and emphasizes connections to adjacent neighborhoods on both sides of the river through smaller block pattern; extends the Green Loop bike path through and around the site.

(SOURCE: Portland Development Commission)

The Post Office is planning to relocate its headquarters near the Portland International Airport.

 


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