Inner Southeast has been bursting with new apartment buildings; now it's Woodstock's turn...

ERIC NORBERG - As described in the accompanying article, deconstruction is already underway on the property at 5105 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, where one house will be replaced with 28 studio apartments. As the residents of the neighborhood are well aware, the area of Woodstock Boulevard just west of S.E. 52nd is set for big changes, as several apartment house projects are in the works.

THE BEE offers the latest on some of these reported by Thatch Moyle of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association's Land Use Committee, as prepared for the January 8th meeting of the Woodstock Community Business Association: "Mill Creek Woodstock" (former site of The Joinery)

· The WNA Land Use Committee has reviewed the Building Permit Plans (Site Plan, Building Elevations, and Floor Plans). Plans are almost the same as previous submittals. Building elevations show traditional architecture. Two ground-floor commercial spaces are proposed at the corners of the building fronting Woodstock Boulevard. . . The Building Permit will likely be issued in the next month or so, allowing for Mill Creek to begin demolition work.

5105 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard

· 28 studio units are proposed. The developer has begun de-constructing the existing house, and seems likely to begin site work within the next month.

"Chinese Presbyterian Church" site

· Sale of this property will be going through by early March. Not sure when new ownership will submit for Early Assistance meeting with City of Portland, but we are tracking. The commercial broker representing the seller and the buyer promises that this is a "higher-end housing developer". The scale will likely be something similar to The Joinery's site redevelopment.

THE BEE thanks Mr. Moyle for this summary.

ERIC NORBERG - Somewhat forlornly, the former The Joinery building (which previously was the original home of Standard TV and Appliance) stands empty, ready along with everything else on the block to be demolished to make way for a large full-block apartment building. This sort of high density housing development has already taken place in the areas west and north of Woodstock – and now, it seems, it is Woodstock's turn.

We notice that the major concern for both merchants and residents in Woodstock is that these developments will be drawing tenants who will largely have to park on the street – because of the city's current predilection for not requiring enough, if any, off-street parking for those renting in such apartment developments.

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