Neighborhood Building Frenzy Continues

Just on the heels of near-completion of a six-home development at SE 65th and Holgate, it looks like the building frenzy will continue in the neighborhood.
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As reported by Next Portland, a proposed development at 8035 SE Center could bring 12 units of housing in a three-story apartment building. A single-family home currently sits on the lot.
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We know that density is a dicey subject. But adding more housing near a frequent bus line, a busy commercial corridor and a shopping center does make some sense.

At this point, no other details on the proposal have been provided.

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12 Responses to Neighborhood Building Frenzy Continues

  1. Kaye says:

    Omg, if I were the owner of the adjacent house, I’d be beside myself – a 3 story apartment building in the middle of a neighborhood!?

    • It would definitely be tough to stomach for us, too. I think it running along 82nd Ave creates some gray area, especially since there are commercial properties on this stretch of Center, as well. I’d have to think the zoning is different on this block than, say, one block west away from 82nd.

      Dicey subject, we know.

  2. Crystal says:

    I just hope that the city requires the plans to include parking. What Kaye mentioned basically happened to us. We purchased our home and 6 months later found out that the neighboring duplex was being renovated into a four plex with no off street parking. Zoning only required bike parking for the plex. Needless to say it’s been a fight keeping our driveway clear and accessible ever since.

    • Torello says:

      Please, tell all of your neighbors to park on 72nd ave!! There are never any cars parked on the street there and so people think it is OK to drive 50mph!

  3. Chris says:

    Great news! Density is the best thing that could happen, and the best way to keep costs down for the city & its residents.

  4. John says:

    I realize that “growth” is inevitable but the way the city is going about doing it now is ridiculous. Neighborhoods and impacted neighbors are given nothing but lip service and are viewed as being “against PROGRESS”. There are many ways that livability issues could be addressed IF the city and builders WANTED to. I know that the city wants to get everybody out of their cars but IT WON”T HAPPEN. That means that whole neighborhoods are impacted because these new high density buildings have ZERO parking while every new dwelling has at least one if not two cars. Idiocy. Build one less dwelling and allow for parking. Oh boohoo the builder won’t make “enough” profit. DON’T BUILD IT THEN. Who in their right mind would allow a three story building in a residential neighborhood? Someone looking to make ANOTHER all powerful dollar.

    • We know this is a sensitive issue, for sure. And you’re probably right in saying most people would not want a multi-unit building built right next to their single-family home. It’s also a shame that developers seemingly have more say in the trajectory of our built city than the citizens.

      However, there are some vital reasons that higher-density development is being pursued and encouraged at the city level. Yes, developers are making a killing right now, but some of the other important reasons for increased density are:
      – it keeps us from expanding our urban growth boundary, which preserves our natural areas outside of the city
      – it’s more efficient in terms of use of resources and infrastructure required (no new roads, sewer lines, bus lines, etc)
      – along the same lines, higher density near amenities may/should lead to more walking, biking and bussing, thus decreasing the need for cars, parking, and the other associated costs with maintaining roads
      – it helps keep the cost of housing down

      We don’t want to be insensitive to the various views on development, especially when it encroaches into residential areas. We want to provide some perspective, though. Thanks for your comments, John.

      • GreyDuck says:

        Do you work for the city? That is the same garbage that they spew constantly and that angers people. Instead of trying to explain why we are all “wrong” in our opinions, it would be nice if the city actually LISTENED to what people have to say. There are ways of easing the problems associated with higher density and many cities and countries have tried them and they work. Portland just seems to say “Screw you. Do it our way and like it or STFU.”

        • Greg says:

          What are some examples of “ways of easing the problems associated with higher density” that “many cities and countries have tried them and they work”?

          I’m all for listening to the residents, but if all we have to say is, “I don’t like this”, it doesn’t help us get to a better place.

    • Greg says:

      The city should charge an on-street parking tax: if you register a car with a Portland address that doesn’t have a dedicated parking space, you should have to pay a monthly fee.

      It would put pressure on low-use car owners to ditch their cars, and those that really need them would have a financial incentive to rent or buy a place with off-street parking. This would translate into a financial incentive to develop buildings with parking spaces.

      Clearly the residents of this city value on-street parking — free on-street parking creates a tragedy of the commons.

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  6. Torello says:

    I’m just glad they are not putting in another 3,000 square foot half million dollar behemoth. I am lucky enough to own my home, but I know that a lot of people have been frustrated by the fact that the majority of new construction in the neighborhood has been well out of the budget of the current residents.

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