Construction will begin soon on the Bridgetown apartment project in Beaumont Village.
Paul Del Vecchio of Ethos Development presented the final renderings of the project – by Siteworks Design/Build – at a Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood board meeting in May. The project is slated for completion in June of 2017.
Buildings on the former Red Fig and Bumblekiss sites were deconstructed by hand – and not mechanically demolished – in late February and early March.
“I’m extremely pleased with the final design of our building and feel that we chose quality and character wherever possible,” said Del Vecchio. “It isn’t easy to break the mold and build differently. The Siteworks team has done a spectacular job of challenging traditional assumptions. The result will be a sustainable – and lasting – contribution to the urban fabric of an already vibrant Beaumont neighborhood.”
The Bridgetown is planned as a 50-unit apartment building with more than 6,000 square feet of high-visibility, interactive retail space on the ground floor – including a purpose-built restaurant space.
The building will offer eleven parking spaces and one of those will provide Zipcar car-sharing. An outdoor-entry courtyard will be shared between the retailers and the building’s residents, to create a dialogue between the building and the neighborhood. The property offers views of both Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.
With support from Oregon Energy Trust, the building has been designed as a low-energy consumer with passive cooling opportunities. Green features of the project include onsite solar panels that will offset common-area power consumption, operable windows on both sides of residential units for cooling and interior and exterior green walls to reduce heat island effect.
A preserved vintage Coca-Cola advertisement on the adjacent McPeet’s building has been integrated into the design; and the striking yellow color of an elevated yoga and community room, which ties the building together, is a nod to the iconic McPeet’s Pub sign, just down the street. There will be an interior atrium starting on the second floor and a roof deck available for the building’s residents.
For the most part, neighbors have viewed the project favorably.
“We’re still a little concerned with the scale and the parking issues,” said John Sandie, Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association president. “But I think Paul has done a real yeoman’s job from an architectural and aesthetic basis, by breaking up the building, adding an atrium and preserving the view of the old Coke sign on the side of the McPeet’s building. He’s done a lot of good things for the neighborhood.”
For more information on the project, visit thebridgetownpdx.com.