65th and Holgate Continues With Makeover

I guess those Biz Journal folks weren’t kidding when they said 97206 was hot.

Just as the first of six luxury homes (not sure what qualifies as luxury, but a listing price of $365,000 has to come close) planned for the once-vacant lot at 67th and Holgate gets its finishing touches, another nearby lot becomes the target of developers.

65th and Holgate

Rendering of planned development at SE 65th and Holgate, as per Redfin.

The parcel of land just east of the Wikman Building, and across the street from the SEIU building on Holgate, is slated to become a six-unit apartment building.  Or at least that’s what the initial permit and MLS listing would indicate.

Once home to a single-family dwelling and church across the street, the intersection of 65th and Holgate appears on the brink of transformation.  Sadly, the house burned down several years ago, and the church was recently razed to make way for another development.  The latter calls for 7-8 homes, while the former looks destined for a multi-unit complex.  Combined, the two developments could bring an additional 14 residential units to that portion of Holgate.

Aesthetically, the planned multiplex leaves a lot to be desired.  Especially with the historic brick facades of the Wikman and SEIU buildings surrounding it.  Paired with the aforementioned buildings, as well as the eventual redesign of Laurelwood Park across the street, this lot could represent a significant corner of the neighborhood.  Let’s hope the developers get it right.

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6 Responses to 65th and Holgate Continues With Makeover

  1. Thanks for the Business Journal shout-outs! Keep up the great coverage of FoPo.

  2. Of course…and thanks for following us.

  3. … I hope they include parking. Division has turned into a total cluster**** :/

  4. Jess says:

    I am wondering, is it possible to pressure the developer to improve the aesthetics? Can the city or NA pull any strings or offer any incentive? There are surely designs nearly as economical that would not look so cheap and dated from the get-go.

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  6. Cora Potter says:

    Jess, that apartment design is exactly what the city of Portland “community design standards” gets you. There’s not likely to be any design review or any land-use issue to comment on. They’ll just go up in a matter of weeks and be there for a couple of decades.

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