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After standing abandoned for a couple of years behind a wire fence, the Joinery Building has been leveled in Woodstock.

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The former Joinery building, after spending the pandemic empty behind a chain link fence, didnt take long to demolish in early September - to make way for a five-story apartment complex covering a whole block in the Woodstock neighborhood.On Tuesday, September 6th, demolition began for the building formerly occupied by The Joinery — and before that, the original home of Standard TV and Appliance — on Woodstock Boulevard between S.E. 48th and 49th Avenues. It finally happened, after more than two years of delay. Construction equipment smashed and plowed for three days, also demolishing the house built after 1940 on the southwest side of the block. Over the next month or so the remaining three houses on the block will be "deconstructed", which is required by the city for houses built before 1940.

Two fifteen-foot-high piles of rubble came as a shock to some passersby, after the buildings were gone.

In 2019 the Joinery, the highly-regarded fine furniture manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest, closed its doors to move its business to the St. Johns neighborhood in North Portland. It has been three years since the national real estate development company Mill Creek Residential bought the building, along with the four houses on that block, for $5.5 million. The block is bordered to the south by S.E. Martins.

The proposed "Modera" five-story, full-block complex of 194 residential units — with 6,750 square feet of ground floor commercial space — will have 121 underground tenant parking spaces exiting onto S.E. 48th in front of Woodstock Laundry. Residents will pay a monthly fee for a parking space.

Permits for the development experienced delays, as often occur in the City of Portland — made worse by the pandemic — and then they expired, and had to be re-submitted. In the interim, Mill Creek's funding was in some jeopardy from the delays, but has since recovered.

In 2020 the Woodstock Neighborhood Association made an appeal to the Bureau of Development Services to oppose the adjustment request of Mill Creek for the building to be 40 feet high instead of the code-required 35 feet. The WNA appeal was denied, as virtually all such appeals are. The height of a building affects its overall scale, and as mentioned, the complex will encompass the entire block.

S.E. Martins Street between 48th and 49th Avenues is now closed off to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic for placement of the Mill Creek headquarters in a construction trailer, and for equipment storage.

Surrounding residents, the Woodstock Library, and adjacent businesses are all gearing up to endure the noise and traffic congestion of the ongoing construction. The disruption is expected to be similar to what occurred in the Westmoreland neighborhood on S.E, Milwaukie Avenue when the Boys and Girls Club was demolished for the full-block "MeetingHouse" apartment complex.

Mill Creek Residential Project Manager Tom Pykonen says the proposed date for completion of the "Modera" 194 unit complex is November 2024. To see a rendering/computer photo of "Woodstock Modera" go online -- https://www.nextportland.com/category/4804-se-woodstock


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