King + Parks Apartments Update: August 2017

August 18, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI
King + Parks Apartments, rendering of development as viewed from MLK Blvd. looking south.

King + Parks Apartments, rendering of development as viewed from MLK Blvd. looking south.

During the past several months, PCRI has presented information about the proposed King + Parks Apartments to the Piedmont Neighborhood Association on multiple occasions and with neighboring residents and businesses. In addition to sharing information, we have listened to diverse feedback and have worked to incorporate this input into the development, proposed for the property on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Rosa Parks Way and Highland Avenue.

More recently, neighbors and passers-by may have noticed activity at the site. Rest assured, we are not yet beginning construction. Activity on the site is related to the city’s sewer repair projects and is limited to equipment and materials related to sewer repair work (more information about sewer repair status can be found here:

For development of the King + Parks Apartments, PCRI is targeting fall 2017 to submit to the City of Portland for building permits and is targeting late winter/early spring to begin construction. Currently, design and development plans are still being refined, based on neighborhood and community feedback as well as functional and cost considerations. Below are some of the themes we have heard from community feedback, as well as some information about how this is informing the future development:

Parking: Interest includes the number of parking spaces to be provided, potential impacts of parking on surrounding streets, and how PCRI will allocate the parking spots.

Although city code requires zero spaces of off-street parking for development of our type in this location, PCRI has applied for a land use appeal to provide 24 parking spaces accessed from the alley. This appeal is currently under review with the City of Portland. It is important to note that PCRI will not be charging residents to park in these spots, which will help ensure residents utilize these spaces before parking on the surrounding streets. PCRI is also in conversation with TriMet to explore opportunities to partner and maximize transit use/minimize vehicle ownership by residents.

Relationship of PCRI’s development with neighboring properties: Interested includes how the design will impact sunlight/shadows, security, and trash pick-up details.

PCRI has reviewed shadow studies completed by our architects early in the design process, which has informed height and other characteristics designed to minimize or altogether eliminate any shadows cast from the building onto neighboring properties. PCRI has also been exploring options to pull the building further away from the existing alley, which will further reduce the impacts to neighboring properties. Lighting along the alley will help aid security and is being designed to minimize any spill-over to adjacent properties. Security cameras are also proposed at key locations to help ensure security but will be placed to avoid any direct lines of sight into residences.

Additionally, PCRI has designed the waste room as an enclosed and secured space in a central location for pick up – along the alley near Rosa Parks Way. Trash collection for existing properties is already provided along the alley south of the site; collection at the new development is expected to be coordinated with the existing mid-day schedule.

King Parks Rendering_Page_1Building Design and Rosa Parks Art: The neighborhood association expressed interest in what aspect of the design might act as a statement piece or what will differentiate the design from other buildings along MLK and in the neighborhood. The neighborhood association also noted interest in working with PCRI to integrate a Rosa Parks art piece into the project.

As with any project, PCRI seeks to balance design options within the various requirements of the project. This includes Community Design Standards laid out by the City which provide specific and prescriptive requirements our design must follow. Portland Housing Bureau and other funding sources also have additional provisions we must meet. While this limits PCRI’s flexibility in the building’s design and size, we are committed to continuously evaluate how the building’s design can respond to neighborhood feedback. This includes moving the building away from the alley and highlighting design elements on the MLK Blvd. façade. PCRI has worked with the architect to select additional perspectives to provide views of the building and has shared drafts of these perspectives with the Neighborhood Association (also pictured above and right).

PCRI and its design team have also begun brainstorming options for integrating a Rosa Parks art piece into the building and how this could also potentially provide a stronger statement to the design. The architect has been discussing with the city planner how these ideas interplay with Community Design Standards and PCRI will continue engaging the neighborhood association in discussing options for the art piece.

PCRI will continue to provide updates as the design is refined and as the project moves closer to construction. For additional updates and information click HERE.

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