Portland-based Guardian Real Estate Services is proposing a six or seven story development in Northwest Portland on the land holdings of the freight company Con-way Inc.
The project, which is still in early planning stages, would be at the corner of Northwest 21st Avenue and Pettygrove Street on a site currently used for a Con-way truck service station.
Guardian’s development would include ground-floor retail or office space arranged around a plaza, said Adrian Boly, a vice president at Guardian. The upper floors would be used for either high-end apartments or condos, and it would have one level of underground parking.
It’s being designed in coordination with a space on the eastern end of the block, known as Block 290, which is earmarked to become a city park.
“Block 290 is seen as a gateway to the Con-way redevelopment area,” Boly said. The district’s master plan calls for creating “an urban living for people to gather and appreciate the new community being built.”
The Con-way district master plan outlines the redevelopment of most of the company’s 25 acres, much of which is used for surface parking lots. The company was founded in Portland, but moved its headquarters in the 1950s to California and later to Michigan.
Already under construction in the district is a New Seasons Market and an apartment building. Those projects are being built by Cairn Pacific, the lead developer for the district, which has already started planning for another set of apartment and office buildings.
Boly said Guardian has a contract to buy the site and hopes to start construction this year.
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