Portland’s Design Review Commission will hear public comments at an April 7 hearing (originally scheduled for February 4) on the Bureau of Development Services staff recommendation that an application for a new five-story, 163-unit building at 3204 N.E. Weidler St. be denied. Plans for the building include sub-grade parking for 97 vehicles, a long-term bicycle storage room and a small plaza.
In its decision, BDS staff noted that the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood had seen significant change in recent years and that, “additional density provided by the ultimate build-out of Grant Park Village (phases I to III) will meet many state- and city-wide livability goals for increased density and transit-oriented development.”
BDS staff continued, however, “staff has significant concerns regarding the lack of active program at the ground floor and design detailing adjacent to the public realm, particularly at the east elevation.” The report also scored the lack of balconies and “eyes-on” opportunities, and expressed concerns regarding the proposed use of the eastern half of the ground floor as open parking garage as not meeting “numerous guidelines requiring pedestrian orientation and amenities.” The complete, 18-page report can viewed at the BDS website.