Restaurant demolition permit: issued. Plans for a 64-foot-tall, 85-unit mixed use building: approved. Sale of adjacent private property at 2305 N.E. 51st Ave.: closed. Permits for new building construction and house deconstruction: under review.
After months of waiting, it was a busy summer for developer Vic Remmers’ proposal to improve the former Taco Time restaurant property at 5036 N.E. Sandy Blvd., vacant for more than a year.
At first, a demolition permit for the single-family home was under review, but the date of the structure qualified it for deconstruction. The 2,000-square-foot residence was built in 1908.
“Since this site is in a commercial zone, the house is not subject to the 35-day demolition delay,” said Senior City Planner Susan Ellis, “however, because of the age of the house, it is subject to (the city’s) deconstruction process.” Restaurant demolition will not be subject to a 35-day delay.
When asked about the Sandy 51 construction schedule, Stephanie Hosmar, marketing/sales manager and broker at Everett Custom Homes in Northwest Portland, said, “Once we get the permit, we’ll work on schedules for deconstruction, which we anticipate could take approximately three months from start to finish. We won’t create construction schedules for the new building until the existing properties and parking lot are completely removed.”
“The building permit may be ready late fall or early winter,” Hosmar added, but she noted, “depending on the removal process and the weather we might not be ready to start construction that early.”
Design Commission will hold an appeal hearing on Thursday, September 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at 2020 S.W. Fourth Ave. Rose City Park resident Laurie Skokan has challenged compliance with two conditions of the plan approval, “incorporating elements of nearby quality buildings” and “locate parking in a manner that minimizes negative impacts on the community and its pedestrians.”