The Block 7 application, submitted by the owner of the site—the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) and the applicant—Mill Creek Residential Trust, is a request for a Comprehensive Plan Map and Zoning Map Amendment to change the current designation and zoning on the approximate 40,000 square foot site from the High Density Multi-Dwelling designation and zone (RH) to the Central Commercial designation and zone (CX). The “d” Design overlay zone and the provisions in the Central City Plan District will remain applicable.
The applicant is requesting the map amendment in order to develop a multi-story building that will contain 260-280 multi-dwelling residential units and approximately 16 studios that will be used as short-term stay (hotel) rooms for the exclusive use of the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) members and guests. The site will contain approximately 420 parking spaces. If approved through a separate Central City Parking Review, 225 spaces will serve the adjacent MAC facilities. Access to the 225 MAC spaces will be provided via a vehicle and pedestrian tunnel (under SW Main St.) that will connect to the existing MAC parking garage. The applicant intends to construct 191 parking spaces that will serve the proposed residential units. The residential parking spaces will have separate vehicle access (driveway) from one of the fronting streets.
Residential development and accessory parking is allowed in the RH zone. The applicant is requesting the map change from the RH to CX zone so that MAC parking and the short-stay rooms, which are classified in the Portland Zoning Code as Retail Sales and Service Uses may be proposed on the site. If this Comprehensive Plan Map and Zoning Map Amendment request is approved, the applicant will then seek approval of a Type III Design Review for the new building and a Type III Central City Parking Review for the MAC parking.
Due to the interest in this proposal, BDS has placed the entire application online. The original application was submitted on January 15, 2014. In response to staff’s request for additional information, additional documents—memos and reports were submitted in February and March. Staff deemed the application complete on March 27, 2014.
The land use review application includes:
- Original Application: The application includes: Narrative Responding to Comprehensive Plan Map and Zoning Map, Site Plan and Conceptual Building Elevations, Existing Zoning, Proposed Restrictive Covenant, Transportation Impact Analysis, Log of Neighborhood Meetings, Stormwater Analysis, Conceptual Utility Plan, Slope Stability Analysis and Pre-Application Conference Summary.
- Supplemental Transportation-Related Information: Response to City Completeness Comments, submitted February 18, 2014, from Kittelson
- Supplemental Narrative and Response to Notice of Incomplete Application: Submitted February 21, 2014, from Ball Janik
- Additional Supplemental Information: Submitted March 21, 2014, Memos from Ball Janik addressing: (1) Potential Applicability of Prior Master Plan, (2) Calculation of FAR, (3) CCPR Issues, and (4) Revised Restrictive Covenant. And, from Kittelson, dated March 20, 2014, a memo addressing MAC Apartments Trip Generation.
- Revised Transportation Impact Analysis: Submitted March 21, 2014, from Kittelson
How to Participate
Send Written Comments to Staff: Prior to May 1, 2014, send either via the postal service or e-mail your written comments to:
Sheila Frugoli, Sr. Planner
Land Use Services Division
Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, Oregon 97201
Submit Written Comments to the Hearings Officer: Mail written comments to the Land Use Hearings Officer, 1900 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 3100, Portland, OR 97201, or FAX your comments to 503-823-4347. Written comments must be received prior to the close of the public record. Note: Written comments must be received by the end of the public testimony of the hearing. The Hearings Officer will not accept written comments sent via e-mail.
Hearing Scheduled: A hearing before the Portland Hearings Officer will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 9:00 am in Room 2500A, 1900 SW 4th Avenue. You may testify at the hearing. Note: The Hearings Officer may set time limits for testimony, if there is a large group in attendance.
Future City Council Hearing: A Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment review requires a City Council hearing. The hearing will be scheduled after the Hearings Officer prepares his recommendation. A hearing notice will be mailed at least 21 days before the City Council hearing.