land use

2515 SE 41st Ave and 4864 SE Caruthers

2515 SE 41st Ave

2515 SE 41st Ave

4864 SE Caruthers

4864 SE Caruthers

Location: 2515 SE 41st Ave and 4864 SE Caruthers
Currently: Empty Lot
Architect:
Owner: Adam Jones
Permit: 
Development:
- 2515 SE 41st Ave - Multi-family residential building 6 residential units with commercial storefront
- 4864 SE Caruthers - Multi-family residential building 6 residential units
Unit types: Studios & 1 bedroom
Inclusionary Housing: None required
Commercial: 2515 SE 41st Ave - 1 space
Parking: 0 parking spaces
Renderings: See Images in posting

DEVELOPER Q&A

Why Here?

Q: What factors made you want to develop on this lot ?
A:  Great location with and opportunity to get into good schools near great transit (including bicycle corridors) with a high walkability factor.

The Market

Q: Obviously you’ve done some market research. Tell us more about the demands you see and how your building helps address them.
A: Much of the new construction in the neighborhood is high end rental, a neighborhood needs to maintain a good percentage of home owners vs. renters for a good balance.  There are plenty of people wanting to buy in the neighborhood and our research shows not enough of the new projects are built for home owners.

Parking

Q: Parking in the neighborhood has become increasingly difficult. What part will this new facility plan in that equation.
A:  The project is built in a location and manner that encourages walking, bicycling and transit.  Our passion is to develop properties in a way that promote lifestyles that are not auto dependent.

Great spaces make for great communities

Q: What are you doing to make the place excellent for those who live/work in your place and those who live/work near it?
A: We are creating a quality project that promotes new housing at a price rarely seen in this location which will increase density along the commercial corridor promoting multi-modal transit and additional $ for neighborhood merchants.

Division Design Guidelines 

Q: Have you heard of them? If yes, what featured recommendations are you implementing?
A:  41st Ave has been adjusted to add a commercial storefront to the project as the guidelines require and the exterior design and materials are selected based on the Division Design Guidelines.

 Inclusionary Housing

Q: The City now requires inclusionary housing; how many units and at what levels?
A:  Our projects are a size and scale that do not require inclusionary housing, however, the projects are designed to sell in the 300 to 400K price range that are rarely seen in new construction within these neighborhood locations.

Change

Q: If you could change one thing about this project, what would it be?
A:  We would like to have larger parcels of land for these infill projects while still keeping them to a size and scale that fits well within the neighborhood.

Contractor Traffic & Good Neighbor Agreement

Q: Will you agree to direct all your subcontractors with large trucks (dump trucks and semis) not to use adjacent neighborhood streets and to use SE Division to get to main thoroughfares? Would you be willing to sign a good neighbor agreement with the RNA to guarantee that
A:  With the size of the project sites, size of the streets, cars parked on both sides of the street it is likely not realistic or safe that vehicles would be turning around at the site and heading directly back to Division St.  Much of the traffic will likely turn at Ivon St. and go around the block to get back to Division St. or Cesar Chavez.  I will direct all parties to get back to one of these two through streets ASAP and not to cut through the neighborhood.  I cannot guarantee what someone else will do, but I will coordinate contractors to comply with neighborhood concerns as I do with all construction related issues that could be an annoyance or safety hazard to my neighbors.

PDF: 2515 SE 41st Ave - Floor Plans

PDF: 4864 SE Caruthers - Floor Plans

Notes from Land Use & Transportation Committee

Land Use & Transportation Committee meeting 1/28/19
Adam Jones presented his 2 developments in the Richmond neighborhood. 
*2515 SE 41st Avenue
*vacant lot east of 4864 SE Caruthers
Mr. Jones is developing both properties in the high $300,000-$400,000+ range.
These will both be 6 units, with the 41st Avenue property  having commercial space on the first floor ( potentially 2 offices & 4 housing units).  
The Caruthers property will allow for one unit to be a rental.  
There was discussion of privacy issues and Mr. Jones spoke with the neighbors about ways in which to mitigate their concerns. “

4864 SE Caruthers - NE Corner

4864 SE Caruthers - NE Corner

2515 SE 41st Ave - NE Aerial

2515 SE 41st Ave - NE Aerial

3249 SE Division

Division Two - South Facade - Perspective From SW Corner of 33rd Ave & Division

Division Two - South Facade - Perspective From SW Corner of 33rd Ave & Division

Location: North Side of Division at 33rd (map)
Currently: Unfold Yoga, parking lot, Full Spectrum Health Center, and short-term rental trailers
Architect: Urban Asset Advisors
Owner: Division Two LLC
Permit: 2017-216161-000-00-EA
Development: Multi-family residential building (approx 44,053 sq ft). 54 residential units with Ground floor retail, 11 parking spaces.
Renderings: PDF of Plans and Views for 3249 SE Division

 

DEVELOPER Q&A

The RNA Land Use & Transportation Committee Chair had a chance to talk about the project with Urban Asset Advisors' VP of Project Management, Seth Henderson. 

Why Here?
Q: What factors made you want to develop on this lot ?
A:  This lot is next door to our Theory 33 project that is currently under construction. When the opportunity came up to acquire the lot next door and finish out the development of this lot we couldn’t pass it up. From an architecture standpoint it gave us the opportunity to positively impact the design and street feel of this key stretch of Division while also providing high quality housing that is in great demand for this outstanding location along Division Street.

The Market
Q: Obviously you’ve done some market research. Tell us more about the demands you see and how your building helps address them.
A: Division has built itself out as one of the top retail/food corridors in Portland. This has driven the demand for people wanting to live along Division and also the demand for retailers wanting to be a part of this great retail energy location.

Parking
Q: Parking in the neighborhood has become increasingly difficult. What part will this new facility plan in that equation.
A: The project provides (9) structured parking spaces.

Commercial Space
Q: You are in a commercially-zoned property. Are you building any commercial space as part of your property?
A: The project will provides a total of 2,541 sf of leasable commercial space, separated into (2) tenant spaces.

Great spaces make for great communities
Q: What are you doing to make the place excellent for those who live/work in your place and those who live/work near it?
A: 

  • Central courtyard, activated by the apartment building entry, provides an active protected pedestrian space for residents, and neighborhood residents
  • Building design reinforces hierarchy of ground floor and maintains vibrant pedestrian environment
  • Location of parking entry and building services is minimized along the street to maximize active storefront space and maintain pedestrian safety.
  • All units are accessible
  • Units are designed to maximize light and air throughout unit

 

Division Design Guidelines 
Q: Have you heard of them? If yes, what featured recommendations are you implementing?
A: 

  • Massing is broken by central retail/entry courtyard to continue pattern of mid-scale façade widths, and extends the feeling of SE 33rd Ave as a public space.
  • Increases visual continuity of the main street corridor by continuing the 13’-11” ground floor height of (2) adjacent developments to the East, and holding the building face at the property line. 
  • Support a diversity of housing sizes and price ranges
  • Promotes active streetscape, storefronts
  • Increases access to public gathering via the central courtyard, and a semi-public patio at the North.
  • Compatible materials – single material, with variation, interest, and articulation through natural material and constructed detail.
  • Façade articulation – meaningful, program-responsive window pattern, with mid-scale shadow-lines at each floor and apartment stack.
  • Permanent overhangs and canopies at retail entries, and courtyard edges
  • Generous storefront windows
  • Transparent building lobby , mail, and bike room to extend the courtyard through the building to the North landscaping.
  • 25-foot building setback, and landscape screening to adjacent residential zones to North
  • Public Space – Thoughtful location of parking entry, and use of pedestrian courtyard/plaza

 

Inclusionary Housing
Q: The City now requires inclusionary housing; how many units and at what levels?
A: We are providing (2) units, both on Floor 2. One will be a 3-bedroom/2-bath , the other will be a Studio. Both will meet requirements for Type A accessibility.

Change
Q: If you could change one thing about this project, what would it be?
A: Remove minimum parking requirements along Division projects to allow for maximum active storefront and pedestrian experience.

Contractor Traffic & Good Neighbor Agreement
Q: Will you agree to direct all your subcontractors with large trucks (dump trucks and semis) not to use adjacent neighborhood streets and to use SE Division to get to main thoroughfares? Would you be willing to sign a good neighbor agreement with the RNA to guarantee that
A: Means and methods of construction are not dictated by the standard A102 contract, and the developer takes on additional liability by dictating these terms. We endeavor to minimize impact to the local community during construction execution, and would be more than willing to require our general contractor to participate in a discussion with the RNA to hear concerns and brainstorm on solutions. The same general contractor is currently executing our Division33 development; have you received any complaints regarding this project execution? We have been in constant dialogue with our neighbors on the west, east, and north, have not had any noise, dust, traffic complaints in the public right of way.

 

Project Narrative

The following is the full project narrative from Seth Henderson...

‘DIVISION TWO’ is a planned 45,000 sf, 4-story mixed-use building located at 3305 SE Division. The project will provide (54) for-rent apartment units (a mix of Studios, 1-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units), and 2,541 sf of leasable commercial space at the street level. All apartments will be accessible (ANSI 117 Type B and Type A units). Structured parking will also provide (9) on-site parking spaces.

The project is a modern building, which utilizes existing compatible architectural patterns, and timeless design tools, to complement the existing context and Special buildings of the district. Specifically, the design focuses on façade width, differentiation of the street level, reinforcing an active pedestrian environment, façade order, and variation and shadow within a singular natural material.

The property is located in an uninterrupted block on the North side of Division, between SE 32nd Ave, and SE 34th Ave, with SE 33rd Ave terminating at Division in the middle of the property. The design team recognized what is essentially a ‘superblock’ as incongruent with the scale and pedestrian-oriented goals of the district. Therefore the design utilizes a central, shared retail and entry plaza to effectively split the building massing – repairing the block structure at SE 33rd Ave, and reinforcing a pattern of building façade widths similar to the neighboring 4-story developments to the East (3319 under construction; and Salt N Straw building). The plaza also continues a successful typology of active, off-sidewalk pedestrian spaces which differentiate the character of SE Division and the neighborhood.

The building design utilizes timeless design tools of urban architecture to reinforce an active pedestrian street front, and activate the upper floors with Juliette balconies, and shadow. The ground floor is articulated with a taller ceiling height, larger storefront window openings, and entry canopies. At the courtyard edges, the building above cantilevers over providing added weather protection to seating areas in the courtyard. At the upper floors, the façade is organized by a shadow -line at each floor and apartment unit, created with a light sheet-metal reveal. A subdued window pattern reflects the rooms, and layout of the apartment units.

The façade complements contextual buildings by providing great variation, shadow, and interest in the specification and construction of a single natural material. The primary material stained tight-knot cedar siding, is installed in varying depths and spacing. The resulting variation of shadow provides a tactility and grit which reflects the eclectic and dynamic character of the existing neighborhood architecture.


4130 SE Division

4130 SE Division - Rendering - NW Corner

4130 SE Division - Rendering - NW Corner

Location: South Side of Division between 41st & 43rd (map)
Currently: Division Medical Center
Architect: Baysinger Partners Architecture
Owner: Unsold as of yet
Permit: 2017-260750-000-00-CO
Development: Construction of a 4 story, 19-unit residential, multifamily building.

Developer Q&A

The RNA Land Use & Transportation Committee Chair had a chance to talk about the project with one of the architects, Matthew Lillard. 

Why here?
Q: What factors made you want to develop on this lot? 
A: Familiarity with the neighborhood and increasing the use potential of land from the current use.

The Market
Q: Obviously you've done some market research. Tell us more about the demands you see and how your building helps address them.  
A: There is still a very strong demand for housing in the neighborhood and city.  Our building provides 19 units, all at two bedrooms. Owners/ developer are providing two bedroom units to fit a missing need in housing as other developers are providing smaller studios to increase rent dollars per square foot.  They are providing more generous units to decrease turnover.

Parking
Q: Parking in the neighborhood has become increasingly difficult. What part will this new facility play in that equation? 
A: We are providing 8 on-site spaces for our building.  There is an additional 3 potential unassigned street spaces in front of our development (the new Trimet bus line may affect these in the future with a stop up the street).  Comparable to other recent developments, the developers recognize the parking needs and are providing a high percentage of parking in comparison to the market.  While the city does not require any on-site parking for our number of units, we are providing tuck under/covered parking   We are also providing interior guest and in-unit bike parking for the residents.   

Commercial Space
Q: You are in a commercially-zoned property. Why are you not building any commercial space as part of your property? 
A: The owner/developers do not want the commercial space competing and demanding parking from the rental units.  They would rather add the parking area for the residents than add retail/commercial on a poor retail/commercial site.  With onsite parking, the building and space for commercial is small and not a great space for smaller shop in the mid-block at this part of division.   The adjacent corner and larger lot will remain a better retail site.  We will retain the shared parking access with the neighbor

Great spaces make for great communities
Q: What are you doing to make the place excellent for those who live/work in your place and those who live/work near it? 
A: They are trying to make sure each downstairs unit has an outdoor space and a private space that they the residents can feel ownership.  We put the trash area inside the building and are shielding the parking area to provide safe, but attractive storage spaces.   The ground floor is a durable brick finish that can be treated with a graffiti coating.  We are providing windows onto the street at all levels.  We are a small infill building that provides a good scale and texture to the neighborhood.        

Division Design Guidelines
Q: Have you heard of them? If yes, what featured recommendations are you implementing?  
A: I have not heard of them. 

Inclusionary Housing
Q: The city now requires inclusionary housing; how many units and at what levels?
A: We are not providing this because it is a small lot and a small number of units.  The city recognized the difficulty of managing and financing the inclusionary zoning with smaller lots and excluded smaller developments from this requirement.  The project is not removing any existing rental units and is adding to the overall supply of housing.

Change
Q: If you could change one thing about this project what would it be?
A: The owners/developers are very satisfied with the design and told me they would not change anything.

Contractor Traffic & Good Neighbor Agreement
Q: Will you agree to direct all your subcontractors with large trucks (dump trucks and semis) not to use adjacent neighborhood streets and to use SE Division to get to main thoroughfares?  Would you be willing to sign a good neighbor agreement with the RNA to guarantee that?
A: I will need to discuss with the contractor first and discuss more when the owners/developers are back in town.  I do not envision them utilizing any of the smaller neighborhood streets for any reason. 

Questions specific to your site:

  • Q: Can you send us color renderings of the site? Ideally in context to the surrounding area.  
    A: Please see the attached.

  • Q: Can you send us floor plans for the building? 
    A: Please see the attached.

 

More Details

PDF of Plans and Views for 4130 SE Division