The old Y-Arts is set to become the new Y-Arts.
If a planned proposal for a rebuild of the YMCA at 6036 SE Foster goes through, it would also mean much-needed rental housing is on the way, too. The planned development calls for a complete rebuild of the daycare and arts center, which may also offer additional “community service use.” Combining with the rebuild of the YMCA would be a 58-unit residential complex extending south of the building toward Holgate. The apartments would cap out at four stories.
This is big news for a Foster Road that has very little housing, as well as an area that is becoming increasingly more expensive. Adding rental units to the mix may alleviate that to an extent. And adding more legs and eyes to Foster can only create a bit more vibrancy in what sometimes becomes a dark and ghostly stretch past 9 pm (with the exception of Barmuda Triangle between 62nd and 66th).
The Portland Bureau of Development Services recently posted a pre-application conference notice for this project, which shares more of the development’s details. For those concerned with parking, the apartments will sit atop space for 40 cars; an additional 30 parking spaces would be scattered in a lot north of the apartments. That lot, and the YMCA itself, would front Foster Road, with the “Y” abutting the east end of the commercial strip that includes Tambayan (Filipino restaurant), Wild at Heart Salon, and (among others) Heads High Barber Shop.
This comes at a time when the commercial strip across Foster (and just to the west) is seeing something of a renaissance, too. We’ve seen new businesses, renovations, and fresh (and colorful) paint splashed about between Nayar Taqueria, Velvet Goldmine, Green Noise Records, and Meticon Bikes. The “Heart of Foster” a few blocks east may have its own designation, but it certainly isn’t the only part of Foster making a name for itself. Perhaps we’re finally seeing an entire district forming.