Taco Time property
The application to build a six-story, 85-unit apartment building in Rose City Park with commercial space on the ground floor proposed by developer Vic Remmers at 5036 N.E. Sandy Blvd. continues under review.
“Our VWR team anticipates submitting for the necessary building permits in the next 60 days,” said Remmers. “As we continue working hand-in-hand with the city, we’re excited to progress through the design review process and ultimately begin construction in one of Portland’s great communities.”
Remmers believes that as more people move to Portland, “mixed-use apartment buildings like this one will continue to be essential, making efficient use of land within the city’s established urban growth boundary, creating easy access to Portland’s urban amenities, and providing increased housing opportunity for current residents and newcomers alike.”
Caldwell’s Colonial Mortuary
The two-story funeral home at 80 N.E. 14th Ave. that served hundreds of neighborhood families has been razed to make way for a new six-story, multi-use, 197-unit apartment building with retail and living space on the first floor. Application for the permit continues under review with only the energy code left to approve, according to Portland city staff.
Worth Caldwell, Jr., said the building was built in 1930 by the Holman & Lutz families. Worth Caldwell, Sr., was hired in the late 30’s and became owner some years later. The Caldwells operated the mortuary until 1994, when it was sold to Service Corporation International of Houston, Texas.
“As funeral service needs since that time have changed dramatically,” Caldwell said, “the need for large funeral facilities with big parking lots became less important.” Property values climbed dramatically, and the full city block was sold to a developer about a year ago, Caldwell added.
Alameda School field
On June 16, Portland Public Schools will begin repairing the field irrigation and the field will be closed to allow leveling, aeration, seeding and mulching. The field will be closed all summer for irrigation and additional seeding. The lack of people and pets is expected to result in a hardier field for students returning in the fall. Parent fundraising resulted in enough funds to purchase extra seed and mulch.
Wellington Park swings
Portland Parks & Recreation will install a new playground swingset at Wellington Park, 6635 NE Mason St. in June.
Parks spokesman Mark Ross said an abnormally wet spring hindered efforts and timeline, “but we continued planning the work and are excited to bring the new swings to the park.”
Portland Parks recently completed city-wide play equipment lead-based paint testing and had to remove the old swings this past autumn after testing showed an actionable amount of lead-based paint.
“Portland Parks & Recreation strives to continually improve the health and safety of our parks,” Ross said. “This includes efforts to reduce the public’s exposure to lead. This issue is very important for us, as we want our smallest park visitors to have safe opportunities to play, and plenty of them.”
Sera Architects application for a new six-story mixed use commercial building in the Kerns neighborhood at 518 N.E. 20th Ave. continues under review. Proposed are 211 apartments and 114 parking stalls, with retail and common space on the ground floor. Owner is LMV Glisan Holdings of Seattle.