When ground broke last spring on an affordable St. John's housing project, its primary architect couldn't wait to finish the 32-unit project.
Six months later, Lisa Goslow, an architect for Carleton Hart Architecture, is still waiting.
The Portland Water Bureau hasn't approved the project's drainage permits. The Portland Department of Transportation hasn't finalized permits for its ingresses and egresses.
Goslow and Kent Krafve, vice president for the project's general contractor KeyWay Corp., wince at the city's permitting system.
"It's a long process because both the water and (transportation) departments are reviewing drainage, and PDOT has a long process in terms of how they review these drawings and the amount of time they take to review them," said Goslow. "It would be great if this were done concurrently." [Read full article]
Portland Business Journal - December 1, 2008