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SKM

I think "several" parking lots is an understatement. It's more like a few zillion.

goose

brian, you just made me sick to my stomach. i hate hearing about these things. i absolutely love this building. i used to buy cigarettes at that liquor store all the time. the color of the brick and the upper story windows are absolutely beautiful.

joe

It's hard to care without a picture to understand what building you are talking about.

Richard

Thanks for bringing attention to this, Brian. I hope the Landmarks Commission and, if necessary, the City Council does the right thing and acts to save that fine little building. This situation could be a perfect opportunity to articulate and enact a citywide policy that steers development to where it would do the most good and cause the least damage. Since Goodman owns many properties, as you pointed out, he has pleanty of alternatives to wrecking a historic landmark.

I suspect that surface parking lots generate more revenue and require much less effort than small downtown retail buildings, so Goodman would prefer to develop land now containing small buildings before doing anything with the asphalt-covered lots.

Bob R.

Here's an image of the building, from a link in the DJC article:
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=595298

Here's Google Street View:
SW 10th & SW Salmon, Portland, OR

Stephen

Yeah, I'm real sorry about this. It is still a real sweet building whether it is deemed a valuable historical structure or not. I don't understand the reasoning demolishing this structure while the surface parking lot north of the galleria sits.

Robert

I guess you could say "at least it's not being demolished for a surface parking lot", given Goodman's reputation.

Somehow that still doesn't cheer me up. This building would be a great renovation project!

vcb

What is really troubling is the fact that the same organization that worked on the National Register nomination in the 1990s, is the same organization helping Goodman to have the property removed from the list. If the building is essentially the same as it was a decade ago, and it was deemed historically important them, how can you say it isn't important now?

DC

FYI, the public notice posted on the building says the next public hearing is April 9.

Flaneur

On Monday, the Landmarks Commission postponed consideration of the Auto Rest demolition proposal. According to the Bureau of Development Services, new dates haven't been set yet for the Landmarks Commission and Council hearings. Check portlandonline for updates.

goose

if anyone could go to the next landmarks commission meeting and report on how the heritage consulting group rationalizes de-designating the building i would greatly appreciate it. seems like enough for me to cross them off the list of potential employers.

ws

A new, modern tower could easily be built using this building's exterior as the new tower's street level facade. The building is a virtual shell as it is, waiting to have just something like that done. Doing this would conserve a significant part of this building's contribution to downtown's architectural character. Yet, I will be very, very surprised if any such thing ever happens.

Goodman is fairly young, what I would call, 'very wealthy', and he has a lot of power in and over downtown. More likely, we'll be seeing a knock-it-down for more modern quick build junk. The future building, if it does turn out to be a 20+ story tower, is likely to have a negative effect in reducing the afternoon sunlight that reaches into the new park being built on Taylor between Park and 9th: PB5. Of course, that sort of thing seems to be inevitable where high value properties downtown are concerned.

peter

This is another loss for portland. It's absolutely true: this little building would make a good counterpoint to a tower goodman could build on the sw corner of the lot. Peaks and valleys, and buildings from multiple eras, and perhaps most of all, an opportunity to give value to an historic building that was never an elite one, but simply a garage.

I'd argue, too, that while zgf's new building at 12th & washington might turn out to be striking and good, it also will accelerate the gentrification of that part of downtown (and we can be pretty sure, more demolitions of the homely buildings around it in the near future.) Not to mention it will mean the end of the pleasing if accidental sightline all the way up NW 13th to the Presbyterian Church tower. ZGF could have done something very cool on a lot down near its present office on 3rd or 4th, and boosted that area nicely.

ben

i believe zgf originally intended to redevelop another goodman lot on naito and stark across from the waterfront and next to the max stop, but couldn't get the deal together. if i remember correctly the height limits played a role in that decision.

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