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Friday, April 27, 2012

You, too, can live on a freeway off-ramp

Here's a prime opportunity for Portlandians -- a buildable lot right on the Fremont exit of I-405 at Emanuel Hospital. And we do mean right on the exit.

They say you can build up to 65 units on that 17,000 square feet. That works out to 261 square feet per unit -- guess you'll have to build 'em mighty tall. And of course, the people who live with the constant roar of the freeway traffic won't have cars, and so you needn't bother yourself with providing them any parking. As for the neighbors, well, to quote The Founder, "they're gonna love it."

Some day soon there'll be a New Seasons Market just a few blocks away. Plus food carts, people! There are food carts nearby. Here's your chance to share the greatness. You can almost feel the state of arousal that the Sustainables at City Hall are in right now, can't you?

Asking price for the parcel: a mere $425,000.

UPDATE, 4/30, 1:57 p.m.: Correction! You can put only 25 units on that site. Details here.

Comments (11)

As a kid, I lived alongside a major highway in Michigan, and I lived off a major highway in Dallas as well. I'm glad that this space is so close to Emanuel Hospital, because the hospital is going to get a lot of use. (What's going to drive any residents insane isn't the traffic itself, or the drunks and morons who can't quite make the turn and slam into the building. It's going to be the BOOMPTY BOOMPTY BOOMPTY of car stereos at 4 on Monday morning that will lead to homicide.)

Ah, but there'll be no noise when the freeways only have bicycles on them!



The Sound of My People.

Why not locate a new "Dignity" Village there. Then the residents would have a short commute to work.

I lived just a few blocks south of there on Kerby for about three years. The expansion joint on the 405 off-ramp was right outside my back door. You get used to the boompty boompty. It's Lifeflight that gets to you.

That yellow building (is that a house) is a poor use of land, with lots of grass on either side of it. Just look at that skinny house two buildings over. What a waste of potential density...that lot could probably house 20, 30 residents right there alone. And that'd justify a new Streetcar line - it could even be built on the Fremont Bridge so it could create a new trendy district and the Streetcar would go right to the Pearl.

and it's only a block from Fremont and Vancouver.

Much like the phantom Marquam bridge connection to the Mt Hood freeway, that on/off ramp was intended to connect to the "Fremont Freeway". I ran across a planning document when I worked for PDOT's predecessor in the early 1970s, which had a depressed Fremont Freeway that, as I recall, had interchanges with the NE 12th Ave and 39th Ave freeways as well as 24th Ave widened to four lanes.

PMG- the freeway planning you describe sounds like futurists gone crazy. The only good thing is that the city did not grow enough for them to realize their plans. The difference today is that we aren't waiting for the hoards to show up before ruining our own city. Planners may have been silly in the 70s, but they are terrible today.

It is more like the "hoards to show up" were used to sell the plan that ruined our city.
Still don't see why our quality of life ought to have been ruined for those who might be coming!
I am getting weary of all these plans for 2040 or whenever, how about focusing on what is happening now?

I read further about the Foothills Plan, more problems, these people won't give up that easily. How much more damage can be done before the elections?

To bad they never built the "Prescott Freeway" interchange so you could enter and exit the freeway directly to/from N.Fremont Street or from N. Williams/Vancouver like was originally intended.

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