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Portland South Waterfront | 35 acres of urban development | 20+ towers

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Any pics? I couldn't get a visual on my computer.
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an early concept drawing of Portland's new South Waterfront District


These towers already under construction

OHSU (Oregon Health and Science Univesity) is building its new campus in the SoWa district connecting to the main campus at the top of a large hill by an aerial tram.

1st building going up


and with the new campus there are going to be several condo towers, these guys are already under construction.

The Meriwether Towers:


The John Ross:


there are several more in the pipeline but the designs seem to change almost weekly so I will post more as they become more finalized.
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Beautiful... That's going to be the best 35 acres EVER!!!
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The Portland Aerial Tram will connect the OHSU main campus on Marquam (Pill) Hill

to the OHSU Bioscience Campus in the SoWa district below it

construction has begun!
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Live shot of development-(this camera shot isn't always live depending on weather)
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There are two major parks planned for the neighborhood. The orange buildings in the live shot above has just been purchased for $7mil and will be torn down and converted to park space sometime in 2006.

The Willamette Greenway will consist of Salmon Habitat restoration as well as plaza space and native plantings connecting to the waterfront condo towers.





for tons more info about the parks, and some district stats, you can visit

http://www.portlandonline.com/planni...ex.cfm?c=34291
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thanks to pdxstreetcar for making an updated list of SoWa projects over in our Northwest forum, here is the latest

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Originally Posted by pdxstreetcar
Block Number --- Building Name (if known) ---------------- Status
Block 25 ---------- OHSU Bldg 1 ----------------------------- Under Construction
Block 29 ---------- Future OHSU Building --------------------- Proposed (underground parking garage under construction)
Block 30 ---------- "Meriwether" Condominium Towers --------- Under Construction
Blocks 32 & 36 ---- Future Public Park ------------------------ Proposed (currently Public Storage)
Block 34 ---------- "Atwater Place" Condominium Tower ------- Proposed
Block 35 ---------- "John Ross" Condominium Tower ----------- Under Construction
Block 38 ---------- Unnamed Condominium Tower ------------- Proposed
Block 39 ---------- Tramwell Crow Apartment Tower ---------- On Hold

South Waterfront Street & Sewer Construction ---------------- Under Construction
Aerial Tram -------------------------------------------------- Under Construction
Streetcar Extension to Gibbs Street --------------------------- Completed; Closed
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It is amazing to me the MILLIONS of seemingly small details that have to come together to make a new district work. I will hold myself back from posting most of them as they don't always have a major effect on the district like a tall building or streetcar line would. However, in this district the auto is second class to bicyclist and pedestrians and I will go ahead and post info, and renderings if possible, of projects aimed at promoting the foot over fossil fuels.


-from the Oregonian
Preliminary work may begin in November on the Southwest Gibbs Street pedestrian bridge connecting the historic Lair Hill neighborhood to the fast-developing South Waterfront district.

Congress approved $11 million in federal transportation funds last week for the South Waterfront area, with $5 million designated for the bridge. The other $6 million will finance preliminary environmental work for improving traffic access to the area, including interchanges from Southwest Macadam Avenue to the Ross Island Bridge and Interstate 5.

The 700-foot pedestrian bridge will cross Interstate 5. It will link Southwest Gibbs Street from Kelly Avenue west of I-5 to Moody Avenue east of I-5. The route will be below an aerial tram that will connect Oregon Health & Science University to the South Waterfront. Two concrete pillars on either side of I-5 will support the steel structure, which will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.

"Today we are righting a wrong committed against one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods," said U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore. "It was wrong to cut that neighborhood off from the water."

Smith, U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley, D-Ore., and city Commissioner Sam Adams were on hand Wednesday morning to announce the funding in the South Waterfront.

Lair Hill resident John Perry said he's happy to see the long-awaited pedestrian bridge reach this stage. The construction of I-5 isolated the neighborhood from the Willamette River and the South Waterfront district, and Perry said many Lair Hill residents will take advantage of easy access once the waterfront is fully developed.

"It's going to be an attractive place to go, so the bridge is really important to provide that link," he said. "People who live and work in South Waterfront are going to be coming along our neighborhood and going along (Southwest) Corbett to shops and cafes."

Preliminary work on the bridge is estimated to take six months to a year, and city planners said it's unclear when construction may begin.

There's also no date for preliminary work to begin on traffic improvements to the South Waterfront district. That depends on when the city receives the federal dollars, said Stacy Bluhm, a transportation project manager for the city.

About 25,300 vehicles used the Macadam Avenue interchange with I-5 in 2002, said Art Pearce, a city transportation planner. With condominium projects quickly going up, that figure is projected to rise to 35,000 cars each day in 2020.
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Was visting the district this weekend and forgot this project. The Strand isn't actually in the SoWa district but is being built as the "gateway" to the district built on the streetcar line and the main road leading under the freeway bridge and into SoWa.

There are actually three towers under construction but their rendering only shows two...
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streetcar loop to be built in district
Streetcar extension would be tight fit
South Waterfront - Plans call for tracks in the space between a tram stop and an OHSU building
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
FRED LEESON

Planners working on the latest Portland Streetcar extension may need to squeeze tracks -- at least temporarily -- between the aerial tram terminal and a new medical building in the South Waterfront district.

A streetcar line wasn't on the table when planners originally mapped out a small public plaza between the tram terminal and a new Oregon Health and Science University building at Southwest Gibbs Street and Moody Avenue.

But now it appears that the plaza may be part of the best route for a streetcar loop running through the urban renewal area burgeoning with new condominium towers.

The plan calls for removing tracks from the plaza once the city extends Southwest Bond Avenue at an undetermined future date.

"No question it's narrow," said Carter MacNichol, a principal in the Shiels Obletz Johnsen planning firm, referring to the plaza route. "But we think it's feasible to do it."

The tracks would lie approximately 10 feet from the tram stop and 14 feet from the front door of the new OHSU building.

"While it's tight and pedestrians would be there, we think we can have a safe operation," MacNichol told the Portland Design Commission last week.

The proposal would have the streetcar travel southbound on Moody Avenue to Southwest Lowell Street, then turn left and head northbound back on Southwest Bond Avenue. The tracks would rejoin Moody Street in the Gibbs right of way.

The city hopes to extend Bond further north, and the streetcar loop would be extended with the new street. But Zidell Marine Corp., which owns that land, is not yet ready to redevelop it. A crane used by Zidell to build barges stands immediately north of the tram terminal, blocking a proposed extension of Bond at this time.

No one can say how long the temporary route would last.
"What proof do we have that this isn't the permanent solution?" asked Jeff Stuhr, a member of the design commission. "We've had too many instances when temporary solutions become permanent solutions."

"We know it's a compromise," MacNichol replied. "We're trying to find a compromise that works."

Vicky Diede, streetcar project manager for the Portland Office of Transportation, said planners looked at three other streetcar alignments before recommending the Gibbs right of way adjacent to the tram.

She said it was the "only practical and feasible way" to complete the proposed streetcar loop without serious interference with one-way streets planned for cars and trucks. She said Whitaker Street south of the OHSU building could not be used because the electrical system would interfere with magnetic resonance imaging diagnostic tools to be installed on that side of the building.

Besides the OHSU building, three high-rise condominium towers are being built near the proposed loop, and others are in planning stages. The aerial tram is scheduled to start ferrying passengers between the urban renewal district and the Marquam Hill medical campus in late September.

A streetcar extension, already built but not in service, will open next year traveling along Moody to Gibbs. In theory, construction of the proposed loop could be completed by late 2006, but the city has yet to complete financing for the estimated $13.5 million price tag.

The route selection ultimately will be made by the Portland City Council. The design commission serves an advisory role in portions of the city designed as design-review areas. The design review body earlier approved plans for the tram terminal and for the narrow public plaza between the tram and the OHSU building.

"There's a lot of stuff going on there, and it's not the way it was intended to be," said Tim Eddy, a design commission member, referring to the tram plaza. "It seems incredibly shoehorned in."

Phillip Beyl, an architect who worked on the new OHSU building, said it was too late to change that building to make more room between it and the tram. But as for adding the streetcar, he said, "On a temporary basis, we think it could actually work."

MacNichol said the streetcar has operated safely in heavily used pedestrian environments such as the PSU campus, where it crosses the South Parks Blocks and an urban plaza.

He said streetcar boarding platforms would not be placed next to the tram or OHSU building. Streetcars would pass the building about once every 12 to 15 minutes. "That's just a few minutes every hour," MacNichol said.

A final decision on the streetcar route is expected in about 90 days. MacNichol said the city would like to install the tracks before pavement is installed on new streets in the renewal area.

Fred Leeson: 503-294-5946; fredleeson@news.oregonian.com
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This is the footprint for a new building going up on Block 38. It looks to be a 31 floor condo tower. I'm unsure of its construction status as there seems to be work going on at the site, but no one has heard if this has received final city approval. Will post a rendering when one becomes available.
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Cost of steel lifts tram's price tag
South Waterfront The aerial tram might now cost Portland $45 million, nearly triple the estimate from 2003

Saturday, October 22, 2005
FRED LEESON

Unexpected high bids for steel have raised the price tag of Portland's aerial tram by $5 million and launched another City Hall scramble to find extra money.

The steel bids, which came in at almost twice the estimates, could push the total cost to $45 million, or close to triple the estimated price from three years ago.

Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams, who manages city transportation matters, said project officials are trying to cut costs while preserving tram safety and the original design "within reason."

World demand for steel, driven in large part by fast growth in China, has pushed prices well above general inflation, said Vic Rhodes, project manager for Portland Aerial Tram Inc., a nonprofit company created by city government to build the tram.

Adams said he is talking with property owners, Oregon Health & Science University, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Development Commission about additional construction dollars. He said he would not seek more money from property owners in local improvement districts at both ends of the tram.

The 3,250-foot tram system would ferry passengers between the South Waterfront district and the Marquam Hill campus of Oregon Health & Science University.

Adams said he hopes to have a revised funding formula in place by Nov. 7. Time is urgent because 80 percent of the tram materials and labor have been committed, and construction is under way at all three tram locations -- two terminals and an intermediate tower.

The project completion date remains Sept. 30, 2006, but Rhodes said that is "an extremely tight schedule." He said a November opening might be more likely.

A $45 million budget would leave a contingency fund of approximately $3.7 million. Adams said the contingency is essential because the project is technically complex and more surprises could occur as work progresses.

Tram estimates started at $15.5 million during a design competition in 2003, then rose to $24 million, $28.5 million and $36.38 million. The last figure was part of a $40 million package approved by the City Council in April with a contingency fund.
Tied to OHSU plan

OHSU is constructing a 16-story building that will house medical offices, research facilities and a wellness center adjacent to the tram's eastern terminal in the South Waterfront district. It is on schedule to open next September.

The tram is a key element in OHSU's operations at the new building. "We are very concerned about getting both projects in on time," said Steve Stadum, OHSU's chief administrative officer. "But we realize there are always going to be scheduling issues."

The OHSU project is expected to be the first of several possible OHSU buildings on the Willamette riverfront. In addition, several high-rise condominium projects are under construction or in the planning stages in the South Waterfront urban renewal district near the tram's eastern terminal.

A funding formula approved by the City Council in April relied on property assessments on land at both ends of the project, tax increment urban renewal money from the South Waterfront, energy tax credits and a $4 million contribution from OHSU. The formula did not include any city general fund money.

Stadum said he doesn't expect the university to offer more than the $28.7 million it already has committed through property assessments and the cash donation. "I think they are satisfied with our contribution to date," he said of the city.

A new plan is likely to rely more heavily on urban renewal revenue from rising property taxes in the South Waterfront area. Urban renewal contributions amount to $3.5 million so far.

However, a larger contribution would mean less money available for streets, parks and other capital improvements normally funded by tax increment money in renewal districts.

Commitment to design

Rhodes said directors of the nonprofit tram company considered changing the design of the 185-foot intermediate tower that will lift tram cars over Southwest Macadam Avenue and Interstate 5. A lattice tower, looking like those that carry electric lines, was a cheaper alternative.

But Rhodes said the board wanted to keep its commitment to follow the design by Sarah Graham, a Los Angeles architect who won a design competition on the tram project in 2003.
Adams agreed with keeping the more expensive design.

Otherwise, "what you would be left with would be something that looked like a cheap ski lift at a bad ski resort," he said. Adams added that he didn't want to leave the city with an "ugly postcard" that could last 100 years.

Adams said the city also could face legal problems from property owners paying tax assessments for the tram if the project doesn't substantially comply with the plan adopted by the City Council.

However, Rhodes said engineers have found ways to achieve some savings on the intermediate tower by bolting instead of welding some steel plates, and by using different paint. Erection of the tower poses difficulties because of its unusual shape and angles. "There isn't a right angle in it," Rhodes said.
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recent and very awesome pic from the Oregonian showing SoWa with OHSU standing tall above it.

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