Foster Road has seen something of a resurgence in the last 5-10 years, albeit slow and with a brief lull in the middle of that span. However, in the last few years that resurgence has sped up a little. This comes as the city announced plans to invest on streetscape and safety improvements; new businesses have been steadily finding their way to Foster; and the Portland Mercado made a bold claim that Foster can be a regional draw.
But what’s been missing amidst the growing night life, new businesses, and increased investment has been housing. Sure, the residential areas have seen an increase in housing density with new infill projects. But what about Foster itself?
While nobody wants to see Division Street happen again, it can be argued that some element of housing along the commercial corridor would go a long way in creating sustainability. The business district needs people. Housing on Foster helps accomplish this.
Thanks to a tip-off from NextPortland, and according to the Bureau of Development Service’s list of early assistance applications, the YMCA’s Y-Arts Center at 6036 SE Foster is in line for a rebuild that would also include a multi-unit apartment complex. Unfortunately, the BDS document doesn’t provide any more information than that, so we don’t know how many floors or units.
We’ve long said that the stretch of Foster near SE 60th is burgeoning in its own right (see: Nayar Taqueria, Meticon Bikes, FoPo Tavern, Green Noise Records, Velvet Goldmine, Heads High Barbershop, and Tambayan), and adding housing to the mix could make that area a little more vibrant—although, seeing the site plans will be important to make that judgement.
We’ll keep an eye on this and share any details that emerge…