Northbound 30 Collaborative Approved by Design Commission (images)

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The Design Commission has approved the Northbound 30 Collaborative, a collection of eight five-story residential buildings designed by Jones Architecture and Waechter Architecture for developer Cairn Pacific. The development will include 145 residential units in total. The buildings will be framed with cross-laminated timber.

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The project site is in Northwest, either side of NW 30th Ave, south of NW Nicolai. South of the project a separate development ($) of for-sale row houses facing NW Wilson St is proposed, designed by Potestio Studio, also for Cairn Pacific. In 2019 Mill Creek Residential Trust proposed the Modera Nicolai on the adjacent site at NW 29th and Nicolai, however that did not move forward. In 2020 a new home for the Northwest Children’s Theater was proposed on the same site.

Building 1

The design of Building 1 is by Waechter Architecture. The building will include 19 residential units, 8 stacked parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from NW Nicolai St, with parking accessed from NW 30th, through a drive aisle under Building 2.

Exterior materials will include box rib metal panel, black vinyl windows, aluminum storefront and wood paneling.

Building 2

The design of Building 2 is by Jones Architecture. The building will include 17 residential units, 3 at-grade parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from NW Nicolai St, with parking accessed from NW 30th, with a drive aisle shared with Building 1 and 3.

Exterior materials will include brick, wood cladding, vinyl windows and aluminum storefronts.

Building 3

The design of Building 3 is by Waechter Architecture. The building will include 16 residential units, 3 at-grade parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from a plaza facing NW 30th Ave. Parking will be accessed from NW 30th, through a drive aisle under Building 2.

Exterior materials will include box rib metal panel, black vinyl windows, aluminum storefront and wood paneling.

Building 4

The design of Building 4 is by Jones Architecture. The building will include 17 residential units, 8 stacked parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from NW 30th Ave. Parking will be accessed from a new Wilson St Alley, shared with Building 8 and the townhomes to the south.

Exterior materials will include brick, wood cladding, vinyl windows and aluminum storefronts.

Building 5

The design of Building 5 is by Waechter Architecture. The building will include 19 residential units, 8 stacked parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from NW 30th Ave. Parking will be accessed from NW Roosevelt St, through a drive aisle shared with Building 6.

Exterior materials will include box rib metal panel, black vinyl windows, aluminum storefront and wood paneling.

Building 6

The design of Building 6 is by Jones Architecture. The building will include 19 residential units, 3 at-grade parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from a plaza facing NW 30th Ave. Parking will be accessed from NW Roosevelt St, through a drive aisle under Building 6.

Exterior materials will include brick, wood cladding, vinyl windows and aluminum storefronts.

Building 7

The design of Building 7 is by Waechter Architecture. The building will include 19 residential units, 8 stacked parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall. The main entry to the building will be from NW 29th Ave. Parking will be accessed from NW 29th Ave, through a drive aisle shared with the development at NW 29th and Nicolai.

Exterior materials will include box rib metal panel, black vinyl windows, aluminum storefront and wood paneling.

Building 8

The design of Building 8 is by Jones Architecture. The building will include 19 residential units, 8 stacked parking stalls and 1 accessible parking stall.. The main entry to the building will be from a plaza facing NW 29th Ave. Parking will be accessed from a new Wilson St Alley, shared with Building 4 and the townhomes to the south.

Exterior materials will include brick, wood cladding, vinyl windows and aluminum storefronts.

The Northbound 30 Collaborative was approved by the Design Commission on August 20, 2020. In the conclusion to the Final Findings and Decision by the Design Commission the project was praised for its “unique checkerboard design”:

The proposed development of eight (8), 5-story multi-dwelling buildings, approximately 15,000 sf each, will bring in new housing opportunities and provide repair to an underused area. The unique checkerboard design approach for the overall site creates opportunities for maximizing open space, creating usable courtyards, and supporting pedestrian connectivity at the ground level. The high-quality, smaller footprint buildings, alternatively designed by two different design firms, provide opportunities to create a sense of place, and consistency but also differentiation.

Buildings permits will need to be obtained before construction can begin.

Drawings

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