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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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South Waterfront

Photo of South WaterfrontLess than a decade ago, South Waterfront was characterized by vacant brownfield sites and underutilized buildings. Now the district is home to more than 1,300 housing units, a growing mix of jobs, new parks and greenway amenities, and will soon be connected with the most diverse multimodal transportation network in the state.

Oregon Health and Science University is beginning to develop the Schnitzer Campus, a science and high tech research university. A public/private development partnership is also underway for the Zidell properties, which includes the potential for new parks, greenway connections, housing and office development.

2035 Vision

The southern gateway to the Central City, South Waterfront is a dense, vibrant, walkable, distinctly urban mixed-use community, with market rate and affordable housing options. It has excellent access to transit, parks and neighborhood amenities, as well as the Willamette River and greenway trail. The district serves as a model for sustainable development.

The district benefits from strong connections to the South Downtown/University District, Downtown, the Central Eastside, adjacent neighborhoods and a clean and healthy river that provides a range of urban amenities, recreational opportunities, beautiful views and ecological functions. 

2035 Vision 3D Map

Between 2010 and 2035, South Waterfront is expected to grow by 4,000 households and 10,000 jobs, for a total of 5,100 households and 11,200 jobs. This rendering illustrates a possible development scenario approximating future growth. The arrows illustrate a potential “Green Loop” alignment and key flexible street connections leading to the river and adjacent neighborhoods.

Key Elements

  • Create a signature riverfront open space as part of the greenway system
  • Enhance the transit hub at the tram landing
  • Concentrate retail along SW Bond and Gibbs
  • Improve multimodal connections to the south and west 

Urban Design Concept

South Waterfront Urban Design ConceptSouth Waterfront is a predominately institutional and residential mixed-use district.

Attractions include the Schnitzer Campus of Oregon Health and Science University, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, Aerial Tram and South Waterfront Greenway. Key intersections and gateways include the Tilikum Crossing bridgehead and SW Moody and Gibbs streets.

The diagram highlights potential new open spaces at the base of the Ross Island Bridge and in the northern part of the District on the OHSU Schnitzer Campus.

The concept diagram also highlights the desired retail/commercial character of SW Bond and Gibbs streets; the boulevard character of SW Macadam and Moody avenues; and the flexible character of the greenway trail and a series of east-west connections to it.

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.