Yard top out at 21 floors
Jan 22, 2016
Yard tops out at 21 floors By Luke Hammill
The Yard building, at the east side of the Burnside Bridge, has reached tis full height of 21 stories, and local officials and businesspeople held a rooftop “topping out” ceremony Thursday morning to take in the views.
“This area is unlike anything that people who have been away for 10 or 15 years, they can’t imagine what has happened,” said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, reflecting on decades of planning for the Central Eastside.
The project, one of several buildings rising at the Burnside bridgehead, is being co-developed by Hood River-based Key Development Co. and Portland-based Guardian Real Estate Services.
About 30 people attended the rooftop ceremony, clad in hard hats and safety glasses.
Yard’s owners will receive 10 years of property tax breaks from the city in exchange for making 57 of the building’s 284 apartments affordable to those making up to 60 percent of the area’s median family income.
It is scheduled to open in July and will also include the latest location of the popular restaurant Tilt. Other amenities include a spa, a coffee shop and a bike-through retail space.
The Portland Bureau of Development Services recently acknowledged that between the Portland between the Portland Design Commission’s approval of the project in 2013 and the issuance of a building permit nearly two years later, building designer Skylab Architecture made changes to the plan that should have triggered either revisions to the design or a reset of the land use review process. But the city didn’t catch the changes and issued the building permit anyway.
The result is a building with fewer glass windows than originally proposed.
Other projects at the bridgehead include the Block 75 mixed-use project and the visually distinctive “Fair-Haired Dumbell.”