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anonymous

its about time developers started to think like this but will it really be "urban" enough to be successful? the density is great but this seems to lack any "neighborhood" like qualities that would make this a decent place for living. then again it beats hands down the existing urban conditions. so i guess you could call it a step in the right direction even if it is a baby step.

Kent

Looks like an attractive project. I'm sure it will fill up fast if the units are nicely designed.

I frankly think the bigger problem in the suburbs is the lack of a traditional grid to disperse traffic. Too many cul-de-sacs and too few arterials. My wife is from Santiago Chile and we spend time there every year visiting her parents who live in an upscale suburban area that is a mix of high-rise and single family homes. Looks rather similar to parts of Vancouver. I've noticed that traffic is not nearly as bad as suburban Portland or Seattle despite having 4-times the population and I think it has to do with the street grid and the fact that every street has nice sidewalks.

Personally I would not worry too much about the lack of urban "neighborhood qualities" as long as the hardscape is done properly (sidewalks etc.) and the zoning accommodates commerce. They'll come soon enough if the demand is there.

Nate Silva

Is there a retail component to this project? Particularly interesting would be some non-boutique retail like a regular grocery store.

scott partee

Glad to see this approach, and hope it's successful. Personally, I don't like Mosaic much other than the exterior. I toured most of the units and I felt they were over-designed (the space was completely inflexible and poorly thought out at that). The deficencies in the interior design were used as a sales point -- their angle: americans should learn to use space as designers intend instead of wanting everything to be about "them".

I don't mean any offense to anybody who lives in or likes Mosaic, but it just wasn't for me.

Ray

Unhappy to see all the trees go too, but the Beavercreek MAX transit stop needs this area developed. It might be advantageous for a grocery store (Haggens or Whole Oats to name two) to look at this location if its planned for.

I can't think of a grocery store within easy walking distance (<100/200 yards) to any of the MAX stop from Hillsboro to Portland. It would make sense that all the carless condo and apartment dwellers should have a grocery store somewhere near MAX on the west side.

One of the only ones I remember was closed three years ago out in Rockwood (Freddy's). Rockwood is going to see some projects come up soon with a possible university/community college angle plus housing/retail.

Ray Whitford

Justin Wells

No. If that's the price of GOOD architecture, then so be it.

I'm just tickled pink to see such a project going to happen in...Beaverton! It's about time they stopped acting like a suburb, and got some more density. Maybe it'll even become a city one day (ok, this isn't exactly the urban planning forum here, sorry!).

The only other funny thing about this project I noticed is those nice little square balconies. Now, if they weren't the ones who designed the Mosaic, it's nice how they at least learned something from it, no? =)

Dave Friesen

Considering that the multiple apartment complexes currently residing next to the Max Station are usually not at capacity, what's the point of destroying the habitat of the deer, nutria and homeless people to put in more apartments?

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