Developer begins construction on Wilhelm's former parking lot
Long the temporary site of the Moreland Farmers Market, a former parking lot across from Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home just north off Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland is now a heavy construction site. A developer has started on the fenced lot, officially designated as 1406 S.E. Glenwood Street, where new townhomes will be built.
Consequently, this season, the Moreland Farmers Market moved to Wilhelm's other, northern, parking lot – but that's likely temporary as well, since the new owners of Portland Memorial plan to sell that lot, too – explaining that the crowds at funerals no longer are large enough to justify keeping either of their two block-long parking lots.
Kehoe Northwest Properties LLC started in March of 2018 the land use and permitting process on the south lot, in order to turn the asphalt parking lot into a new condominium development, and they are now ready to build.
"This is a townhome style condominium development, with a contemporary style, but still fitting into the neighborhood," Windermere Realty Trust Broker Blake Ellis, a spokesperson for the project, told THE BEE. "This development will feature nine three-story townhome units, split into two buildings – the front facing the street. Between the buildings will be an alley, for garage access."
The units will use a "flex design", but all will feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main living level, plus a "bonus room" on the garage level, with another full bath. "They're of good size; all units will be in the 2,600 sq ft range," Ellis said.
The builder expects the construction to wrap up by sometime next summer.
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