The Prescott Mixed-Use, N Interstate Avenue & N Skidmore StreetNov 26 2013 · 0 comments · Mixed-Use, NISHKIAN DEAN ·0
Portland, OR – As part of the North Interstate Corridor Plan adopted by the Portland City Council in 2008, The Prescott is one of the five major developments meant to contribute to the urban “boom” in North Portland, and to set the precedent for future growth in the area. Sitting regally on the corner of Interstate Avenue and Skidmore Street, The Prescott mixed-use offers not only 9,500 sf. of ground floor retail space, but 155 market-rate apartments, and an underground garage with 111 parking stalls. Many of the apartment patios look out over the Willamette River toward downtown Portland and the West Hills with scenic views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainer in the background. The Prescott is meant to be the focal point of this gateway station, and Myhre Group Architects can be thanked for the creative design that truly embraces the future theme of the Interstate Corridor.
Ranging in height from 1 to 6 floors, The Prescott not only adds visual appeal to an otherwise underdeveloped area, but its prime location on the MAX light rail offers those employed downtown with an affordable housing alternative at the expense of a quick 10 minute commute. Another interesting aspect of this building is its many faces within the community; if you’re heading North on Interstate Avenue the building looms ahead of you with a modern, edgy feel, yet as you loop around the back of the block, sitting against a residential street, the building’s design loses its height and transitions into a more sensitive, suburban structure.
The responsive design of The Prescott caters to the current needs of the community while looking ahead to its future as a larger and more urbanized avenue. Structurally, the design used a complex post-tensioned concrete podium which provides support for the base of the apartment buildings with an articulate structure to incorporate steps, planters, a Bocce ball, and a pickle ball court all located over the underground parking garage. The 5-story apartments are all wood framed for economy purposes, but do not use plywood on the in order exterior to accommodate the large, full-height windows.
Overall, the strengthening and expansion of North Portland is the City Council’s way of rejuvenating a once populated corridor and insuring its future as a green, transit oriented metropolitan region. Nishkian Dean is excited to be a part of these developments, and to help local Portland communities thrive. The Prescott is located on North Interstate and North Skidmore, an Urban Renewal Area that will be developed over time to create a safe, walkable neighborhood center with new mixed-use buildings intended to spur job growth and increase livability. The move-in date for The Prescott is December 1, 2013!