Lower Albina is primarily an industrial district, with a working harbor area, an important living-wage job base and a small mixed-use historic area along N Russell Street. Freight movement by trucks and trains is an important part of the economic well-being of Lower Albina.
The access route to I-5 South and I-84 is NE Broadway to the Wheeler on-ramp. Russell Street is the main east-west connection. Interstate Avenue is the most important north-south multi-modal connection, carrying light rail, bicycle facilities and motor vehicle access to North Portland.
Planning efforts from the last few decades in Lower Albina have focused on retaining and enhancing the industrial and employment functions of the district.
Lower Albina is a strong industrial and employment area supported by the working harbor, providing diverse employment and development opportunities. The historic N Russell Street is vibrant and rich with mixed-use and commercial activities that are compatible with nearby industrial and employment uses.
Between 2010 and 2035, Lower Albina is expected to grow by about 200 households and 200 jobs, for a total of 300 households and 2,300 jobs. This rendering illustrates a possible development scenario showing what growth might look like in the district. The arrows illustrate a potential “Green Loop” alignment and key flexible street connections leading to the river and adjacent neighborhoods.
- Celebrate historic N Russell Street and expand retail and commercial activity east, reestablishing the historic connection between Lower Albina and the Vancouver/Williams corridor
- Preserve the district's industrial character while adding flexibility for some commercial uses
- Support regionally significant heavy industry and the working harbor
Urban Design Concept
Lower Albina is largely an industrial and employment area with a heavy industrial and working harbor area west of Interstate Avenue; a general industrial area east of Interstate Avenue; and the historic N Russell Street mixed use area.
Attractions include establishments along N Russell Street, including restaurants, bars and the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. Key intersections and gateways include N Russell Street and N Interstate Avenue. A potential new open space is shown under the I-405/I-5 freeway interchange.
The concept diagram also highlights the desired retail/commercial character of N Russell Street; the desired boulevard character of N Interstate Avenue; the opportunity for a new flexible “strand” connection, and future Greenway Trail improvements along River Road.
View full-size maps in the PDF version of the Central City Districts.
Read about the Goals and Policies in the Draft Plan that will help with implementing the 2035 Vision and Urban Design Concept.