After years of
effort put forth by community stakeholders, and the successful designation as
an Urban Renewal Area by the City of Portland, the revitalized neighborhood of
Lents is about to arrive.
Currently under construction, Ankrom Moisan designed a
mixed-use development for Palindrome Communities as part of a broader master
plan to redevelop the Lents Town Center and reinvigorate the neighborhood’s
economy. The development replaces the former New Copper Penny bar and a gas
station, providing 126 units of affordable housing and 19 market rate
apartments. The ground floor includes a total of 31,000 sq. ft. of commercial
retail space. General contracting services are provided by Urban Edge Builders (UEB).
The project is a collaboration with the Portland Development
Commission (PDC) and the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB). PDC’s mission is to
make Portland a desirable, equitable city by investing in job creation,
innovation, and economic opportunity. PHB works to end homelessness, increase
the availability of rental housing, and promote stable homeownership, including
the elimination of racial and cultural barriers to equal housing. Both
organizations align with AMA’s mission of creating places where people thrive,
as well as our commitment to strengthening communities by designing vibrant,
urban mixed-use projects.
Branded as Oliver Station, the project is pedestrian-focused
with improved streets, new public spaces, and ample new retail/commercial
opportunities at the ground level. Located less than a block from light rail, bike
trails, and the town's popular local farmer's market, Oliver Station is
designed to support multi-modal lifestyles. Residents are within walking and
biking distance of neighborhood services and amenities, with easy access to
public transportation to stay connected to downtown Portland's urban core.
According to the Portland
“Since the formation of the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal
Area in 1998, PDC has invested $90 million in infrastructure, facilities,
transportation, affordable housing, and business development, but actual
transformation of the area lagged. With more tangible results as the goal, PDC
and the city, with community support and input, rolled out the Lents Five-Year
Action Plan in early 2014, calling for focused investments that would have the
greatest benefit and impact on existing residents and businesses.”
consists of two residential buildings situated above retail/commercial tenant
spaces. Landscaping surrounds the site with recessed pocket parks integrated
into the facades and a new public plaza on the south side. New onsite surface
parking, open to both residents and the general public, is integrated with a bioswale strategy.
sidewalks, generous retail canopy protection, new street lighting, and ample
trees along the streets will help reestablish Lents as an attractive, safe,
vibrant town center. A generous property dedication back to the City has
allowed for the creation of a new bike lane segment along SE 92nd
Avenue and added street parking on all sides of the project to support local
business foot traffic while assisting with traffic calming measures.
Gold certification, the development has plans for on-site water management,
drought-tolerant landscaping, low flow water fixtures, LED lighting, electric
vehicle charging stations, and extensive rooftop solar arrays to power the
building’s common areas.
Oliver Station is part of a larger planned development for Lents Town Center by multiple architects and developers. The other buildings include new headquarters for The Asian Health and Service Center; a mixed-use building at 1901 SE Foster; and a mixed-income apartment building on SE 91st and Reedway Avenue.