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Myhre Group designing 70-unit infill project for Northeast Portland

Daily Journal of Commerce

September 28th 2012

Myhre Group Architects is in the early design stages of a new urban infill project at 4429 N.E. Fremont St.

The project is being developed by Everett Custom Homes, and Jeff Myhre, principal of Myhre Group Architects, said the 70-unit, four-story, mixed-use building will cater to a young, urban professional demographic. Those individuals, he said, want to live and work close-in to the city, and developers are taking notice.

"The Fremont area has really changed over the past 15 to 20 years," he said. "It's got a lot of character and a lot of very interesting boutique shops and restaurants, and it's really an emerging district... The architectural character of this project has some really interesting articulation and some really interesting colors, and I think it's really going to add a lot of character to the streetscape."

Like many of the recently constructed multifamily buildings on the east side of the river, the project will include standard amenities like ground-floor retail and bike storage. It also will not include any parking.

Myhre acknowledged that parking is a contentious issue right now for existing residents who already feel there is not enough street space to go around. But he said the ultimate goal of the project is to attract tenants without cars who rely on public transportation, which is more sustainable for the city in the long run.

"As the city grows and we have to accommodate more and more people, that's going to put a lot of pressure on the existing infrastructure and the existing housing authorities, and whenever we have private sector development, it's a really positive thing," Myhre said. "And it should be a positive indicator to everybody that Portland is on the mend. If we can continue moving in this direction it's going to result in a more vibrant and livable community."