178 apartments under construction at Milwaukie bowling alley site
Construction is currently under way, with completion anticipated by March 2024, on a six-story building with 178 apartments at the site of a shuttered bowling alley in Milwaukie.
Pahlisch Commercial, Inc., a real estate developer based in Bend, recently razed the Kellogg Bowl building on the 1.94-acre piece of land at the northern end of Milwaukie's downtown district east of Southeast Main Street.
Pahlisch plans Henley Place amenities to include outdoor and indoor lounges, a fitness and yoga studio, 190 bike parking spaces and a library.
Kellogg Bowl owners Bill Oetken and Champ Husted, along with bowling alley General Manager Roxanne Oetken, said they were "brokenhearted" in December 2020 to have to announce the alley's permanent closure after a 58-year run. Saying it was "a very difficult decision," they wrote that they could not endure state-mandated shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A flagpole-shaped lot on the property provided vehicular access from Southeast Main Street to the Kellogg Bowl building. Access to the apartments will be along a shared driveway with two rows of angled parking, also used by the adjacent Pietro's Pizza and Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists.
Developers triggered the city's design review because the proposed building does not meet the city code's criteria for exterior wall standards. According to city staff's recommendation for approval, the developer's response demonstrated "substantial consistency" with the purpose of the design codes.
Some citizens took issue with the application because it would consist of fewer parking spaces than tenants, as part of the city's effort to encourage people to use public transit. Structured parking will be provided on the ground floor, with additional parking outside the building.
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