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Many more apartments are on their way into Brooklyn, as Dr. Kombucha moves south

RITA A. LEONARD - Where once Dr. Komboucha was brewed, demolition is underway in preparation for construction of a five-story apartment building at 4245 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn. Demolition by N8 Excavation took place in early June, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn, of what had been the building housing "Brew Dr. Kombucha" and the Townsend Tea Company, businesses which have moved to Tigard.

The property at 4245 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across the street from the new Cora Apartments, is being cleared to make way for a an apartment complex being built on the west side of Milwaukie, between Boise and Cora Streets.

The new development is a 128,000 sq. ft. "transit-oriented" project owned by Ethos Development, and designed by Hacker Architects. It will be a five-story, 166-unit apartment building to be called "brookLAND" – the original name of the Brooklyn neighborhood. It promises to offer "a genuine neighborhood experience of parks and open space". Company literature advises, "The building will leverage a uniquely-shaped site by providing several atriums with outdoor vantage points available at every floor, and sweeping views of the city and mountains."

The Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association was initially advised that the new construction would be only four stories high; but City Code changes for density allow a bonus fifth story, if some "affordable housing" is included. A ten-foot setback on the west side of the property is to mitigate privacy issues for existing residents. With a self-described focus on tenants' wellness, the developer says every unit will have light and air on both sides, which "will provide an enriched living experience". The development will also have a tea bar, a gym, a building lounge with open work space, and a rooftop deck.

About that "transit" orientation, provided literature says, "The building supports urban mobility with 240 bike parking spaces and 42 vehicle parking spaces. . . The site is on a frequent bus route [that would be Bus 19], and is blocks from the 17th and Holgate MAX stop, for a quick trip downtown." As for apartment sizes, the developer claims, "The project harnesses small format units to offer market-based affordability. Approximately 25% of the building will be 'micro studios with built-in furniture'. Six three-bedroom units will be available to families making no more than 60% of the Area Median Income." Those latter would be the "affordable housing" units which justify the fifth story.

The developer concludes, "When completed, the building will achieve Energy Trust of Oregon's 'Best' status. The addition of courtyard green spaces, elevators and ADA-accessible units are considered commendable adaptations." For more information about the project at this point in time, you are advised to contact R&H Construction at 503/228-7177, or to go online – www.rhconst.com


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