Old Town / Chinatown Development

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Project Description

Old Town / Chinatown Development

Prosper Portland owns two properties in the heart of Old Town/Chinatown that are key to implementing the vision of the Five-Year Action Plan for the neighborhood: Block 25 and 4th & Burnside.

Project SItes

Block 25

Contact: Eric Jacobson, email or 823-3306
  • Owner: Prosper Portland
  • Location: River District Urban Renewal Area
  • Size: 0.62 acres (26,980 square feet)
  • Current use: 116 surface parking spaces leased to Northwest Natural Gas Company for weekday employee parking; and available for weekday evening and weekend parking to support the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Entertainment District, and nearby businesses
  • Zoned Central Commercial with Design Zone Overlay (CXd)
  • Subsurface conditions: Investigations have determined environmental concerns  including petroleum-contaminated soils, possible drywells, and underground storage tanks. Prosper Portland will conduct additional investigations to develop strategies to avoid, remediate, or mitigate these conditions during site development.
  • Included on New Chinatown / Japan Town Historic District

4th & Burnside

Contact: Bernie Kerosky, email or 823-3459
  • Owner: Prosper Portland
  • Location: northeast corner of the intersection of NW 4th and W Burnside, just east of the new Hoxton Portland hotel, in the River District Urban Renewal Area
  • Size: 7,762 square feet
  • Zoned Central Commercial (CX)
  • Included on New Chinatown / Japan Town Historic District

Community Engagement

Prosper Portland is engaging stakeholders to identify community goals and benefits for these two properties. We encourage you to get involved!

Prosper Portland, with the assistance of JLA Public Involvement, needs to hear from key stakeholders in the community such as property owners, business owners, residents, and those with historical or cultural connections to the neighborhood to help identify community goals and benefits and any potential unintended consequences or disparities that should be mitigated or avoided as part of these redevelopment projects. Community conversations and open houses about redeveloping the two properties are happening soon. We need your input to make sure these developments are successful in achieving Old Town/Chinatown’s vision.

Our goal is to select one or more developers for the two properties by the end of June 2019. We will select the developers based on their ability to implement development plans that satisfy the goals of the Old Town/Chinatown Five-Year Action Plan and achieve the goals and benefits identified by the community through our outreach process.

Focus Groups

Focus group meetings will take place November and December with key stakeholder groups. Are you a member of the Chinese community, Japanese community, the Old Town Community Association, or the general public? If so, join a discussion and share your thoughts at one of the upcoming meetings:

  • Chinese Community (East side) – November 19, 5:30-8 pm at Asian Health and Services Center
  • Chinese Community (West side) – November 20, 5:30-8 pm at Prosper Portland
  • Residents and General Public – November 26, 5:30-8 pm at Prosper Portland
  • Japanese Community – November 29, 5:30-8pm at Prosper Portland
  • Old Town Community Association – December 5, 5:30-8 pm at Prosper Portland

For more information and to RSVP to attend a meeting, please contact Adrienne DeDona, Community Outreach Specialist, adrienne@jla.us.com or (503) 235-5881.

Food and beverages will be available. Please let us know if you will need interpretation services in your RSVP.

Project Process & Timeline

Learn about community needs and priorities; gather feedback about community engagement approach

Identify community goals and benefits to be included in the Request for Proposals

Share feedback from focus groups; gather feedback on community goals and benefits

Review feedback; determine selection criteria for development proposals

Review development proposals; select a preferred developer for each site based on selection criteria

Introduce selected developer(s) and present development proposals

About the Action Plan

The Old Town / Chinatown Five-Year Action Plan launched in 2014 as a partnership between the City, Prosper Portland and Old Town/Chinatown.  The plan has three primary objectives:

  1. Attract new neighborhood investment to activate key properties and improve district connectivity.
  2. Promote business vitality by increasing employment and retail activity.
  3. Align resources and build local capacity for improving district livability.

Old Town/Chinatown Five-year Action Plan