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Red Light, Green Light For Apartment Projects With No Parking

OPB | May 1, 2013 5:22 p.m. | Updated: May 2, 2013 10:32 a.m. | Portland

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Two of Portland’s apartment buildings planned without space for onsite parking may be headed in opposite directions.

As Rob Manning reports, one got a green light to build ­ and another faces a holdup.

Apartment construction site on Fremont in NE Portland.

Apartment construction site on Fremont in NE Portland.

Rebecca Galloway / OPB

Portland City Council revised rules for apartment buildings last month in response to neighborhood concerns.

Future applications for larger projects along frequent transit or commercial corridors will need to provide onsite parking. But those rules don’t affect projects already in the pipeline.

Apartment building under construction on 3339 SE Division st.

Apartment building under construction on 3339 SE Division st.

Amanda Troxler / OPB

A controversial 81-unit building on Southeast Division and 37th is moving ahead. The developer wound up submitting a new application a few weeks ago, after neighbors blocked the project at Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals, or LUBA.

Neighborhood opponents of another project ­ on Northeast Fremont Street ­ also filed a LUBA challenge. Portland officials say LUBA has allowed them to revise and “strengthen” the permit, before the court weighs in.

The city’s parking rules change in less than two weeks. That means if LUBA rejects the permit, and the developer has to file a new application, it would have to conform to the new rules adopted last month.

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