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Hilton hotel coming to downtown Portland

February 20th 2015

Myhre Group is assisting Atlanta-based HC Architects by managing the entitlement process, locally. Renderings are provided by HC Architects.

The Porter - a 16-story luxury hotel planned in downtown Portland - could open in the second quarter of 2016.

Developers are seeking design review of a proposal for a 299-room hotel on the former Pendleton Building property at 202-218 S.W. Jefferson St.

In June 2014, Hilton Worldwide launched a new brand, "Curio - a Collection by Hilton," and announced it would locate one of the brand's "distinctive four- to five-star hotels" in Portland. Other locations include Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston and Chapel Hill, N.C.

Plans submitted to the Bureau of Development Services indicate that the approximately 200,000-square-foot tower will include a ground-floor restaurant, a bar, a lobby, a market and a take-out window, with the main entrance oriented to Southwest Second Avenue.

Atlanta-based HC Architecture designed below-grade facilities to include a pool, a sauna, a spa and fitness area, and a staff area.

No on-site parking is planned for the hotel.

Hilton describes Curio hotels as "a hand-picked global collection of independent properties embodying the distinct culture and spirit of their local communities... Curio meets travelers' needs for local discovery and authentic experiences and properties' desire to maintain their individuality, all while providing the quiet reassurance and support of Hilton."

Christine Miller, manager of development and trade public relations for Hilton Worldwide, declined to offer further details on the project.

The Porter is the second Hilton development under way in Portland. In October 2014, the parent company created another brand - Canopy by Hilton - and announced it had signed a letter of intent to build in Portland's Pearl District.

Hilton partnered with Widewaters Group - a Syracuse, N.Y.-based real estate development and management company - to form Portland Hotel Ownership LLC.

Widewaters in November 2013 bought the half-block for $4.5 million from WDC Properties. The site was home to the 107-year-old Pendleton Building until WDC Properties in 2013 demolished it following a $1.7 million purchase from Pendleton PDX LLC.

Representatives from Widewaters Group and HC Architecture were not available for comment before press time.

This isn't the first idea for the site. WDC Properties considered development after purchasing the property, but relisted it for $5.85 million instead. Widewaters representatives in August 2013 met with planners to discuss plans for a 23-story mixed-use tower that would have included ground-floor retail space, 306 hotel rooms on floors four through 19, and 30 private residences on the top four floors.

The Bureau of Development Services is accepting public responses to the proposal through March 3. A public hearing in front of the Design Commission is tentatively scheduled for April 2 at 1:30 p.m