There was a time when a lone Coptic Orthodox Church inhabited the expansive and now-vacant lot at SE 65th and Holgate. That church was razed nearly two years ago to make room for new housing—the developer, Everett Custom Homes, proposed eight homes for the lot.
And after close to two years, with the congregation long gone, the lot still sits vacant. When we originally wrote about the church’s demolition, as well as plans for the lot, we had the following thoughts:
“My first thought: How will eight homes fit in there, and how small will the people be who live in them?
“Next thought: I kinda liked having a Coptic church in the neighborhood–where will the congregation go now that their church has been razed?”
After all this time, we now know that 1) the congregation found a new home in Sellwood and 2) as it turns out, eight homes won’t fit in there. Well, in regards to the latter point, eight homes could fit in there. But it was a tight enough squeeze that plans ultimately had to be amended—instead, there will now only be six homes on the site.
According to the amended proposal, the 20,000 square foot lot will be divided into six plots, five of which will be 3,200 square foot, and the sixth will be 3,400 square feet. Detached homes will sit on those subplots, with parking pads at the rear and accessed via the alleyway between SE 65th and SE 66th. Here’s a brief description of the homes themselves:
“The development on the lots is proposed to consist of 22-foot wide, two-story (approximately 26-foot in height) detached houses that are set back from the front lot line 15 feet. Each house is shown to have a single-story front porch that is 10 feet from the front lot line. Each lot is proposed to have parking in the rear yard via the abutting alley, and an open outdoor area in the rear yard as well. The building elevations also show the structures will have gable or hip roofs, horizontal siding, and trim.”
This development comes at a time of rapid change for the neighborhood, specifically along Holgate as it stems off of Foster. About the same time the lot was proposed for new development, six new homes were being constructed two blocks east, just next to Kern Park Flower Shoppe. And just to the west, a three-story apartment building was recently constructed. That building’s neighbor, the Wikman Building, has just recently found a new tenant—Hallowed Halls recording studio—after sitting vacant for a couple years. Perhaps it’s a microcosm of what the surrounding neighborhood is experiencing as a whole.
No word yet on if/when a permit’s been issued, so construction’s commencement time is unknown at this point. Stay tuned.