(Images: Myhre Group Architects)
After two decades of waiting for Portland’s bike network to arrive downtown, it looks like downtown is headed for Portland’s bike network.
Now that life on the city’s eastside grid has exploded in popularity (and therefore in expense), major developers are making a lunge across the Burnside Bridge in an effort to bring 9-story living to the east side of the Willamette.
And as construction start dates approach for the first projects of the so-called “Burnside Bridgehead,” the excellent bike access is turning out to be central to their plans.
Carlotta Collette, and real estate developers Phil
Morford and Konstantin Klebleev cut the ribbon
on the new Milano apartments today.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
The ribbon was cut at the new Milano apartments in the Lloyd Center this morning. As people streamed by the newly painted bike lanes on NE Multnomah Street behind them, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette stood behind a shiny new city bike with the building’s architect Murray Jenkins and developers Phil Morford and Konstantin Klebleev.
On a table in the lobby a brochure enticed would-be buyers to, “Live in Portland’s first thoroughly bike friendly community… Not only is the Milano located with immediate access to public transportation — including the MAX line, Portland streetcar, and TriMet — it’s also at the hub of the city’s cycling lanes.”
According to developer Phil Morford, the entire Milano project was conceived with a focus on being oriented toward the low-car and carfree lifestyle. “When we began to design this project,” Morford said at the grand opening event today, “Our first discussion was with Metro.” As the quintessential “transit-oriented development,” the development of the Milano was aided by a $300,000 Metro grant which leveraged over $13 million in private investment.
North Williams Avenue has yet another claim to its title of best bike street in Portland — the Friendly Bike Guest House. I noticed the sign for the new business a few days ago and yesterday I met the owner of the establishment, Chris Frick, to get a look around and learn more.
Chris has owned the big house just north of Shaver for about eight years. The inspiration to turn it into a bike-oriented guest house came to him in 2009. As luck would have it, Chris came upon the Oregon Manifest bike show while walking in the Pearl. He went inside and learned that United Bicycle Institute was moving in just across the street from his house. Being a former real estate broker and self-described “opportunistic entrepreneur,” Chris’s wheels started turning. At about the same time, the house’s current tenants gave notice and destiny for a bike-themed guest house was set. (more…)