Goodman family proposes massive new downtown development

A $1.5 billion development plan could bring high rises to downtown historic district.

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In between local landmarks like Voodoo Doughnut, Skidmore Fountain and the Portland Saturday Market, the Goodman family hopes to nestle 11 new buildings, $1.5 billion in investment, a grocery store and an untold number of new office workers, shoppers and residents.

The Goodmans recently unveiled the proposal, which they call the “Ankeny Blocks,” in anticipation of zoning changes the city plans to make that would allow developers to build taller buildings downtown. Five of the Ankeny Blocks buildings could rise as high as 460 feet, which would rank them among the tallest in the city. (The KOIN Center, by comparison, is 509 feet and 35 stories tall. The PacWest Center is 418 feet and 29 floors.) Other new buildings would climb to 325 feet, 250 feet and 130 feet, respectively.

Three of the new buildings would be limited to 75 feet because of height restrictions in the Skidmore Historic District.

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Around 60 food carts are expected to shutter as a result of the development, FoodCartsPortland, reports.


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