Multi-Use Walkway in Milwaukie; Restore Oregon; empty storefronts; Luxury Bread Building

The engineering design for the new Kronberg Park Multi-Use Walkway is nearly complete in downtown Milwaukie. The walkway will stretch from SE McLoughlin Blvd. to the Kellogg Creek Bike-Pedestrian Bridge in south downtown Milwaukie. 

The bridge spans consist of two weathering steel beams with a concrete deck. Over time, the weathering steel produces a natural brown rust-colored appearance that blends well with the forested context, and also reduces the need for maintenance painting in the future. The bridge is supported on hammerhead-style concrete piers with round columns. The columns, in turn, are supported on concrete footings with driven pile foundations. The railings will be galvanized steel in a pattern similar to those used for the Kellogg Creek pedestrian bridge at the north end of the park.

Opens spring of 2019.

 The walkway will connect downtown Milwaukie to McLoughlin.  Source.

The walkway will connect downtown Milwaukie to McLoughlin. Source.

Historic renovations wanted
Restore Oregon is inviting nominations for its 2018 DeMuro Award. Their goal is to recognize historic rehabilitation projects across Oregon that exemplify exceptional creativity, quality, and community impact, and to share the lessons learned. Submissions will be accepted through July 11th. They're an amazing organization and I love what they do.

Empty storefronts in new buildings—it's not your imagination
Not totally (but totally) Portland-related: what's with all the new multi-family buildings with empty storefronts on the ground floor? From the excellent Strong Towns

I seem to read about a new restaurant or bar opening almost every day. So there is clearly a demand for commercial space. Why not these newly built commercial spaces then, especially when most of them are in highly attractive, busy neighborhoods? The basic answer is, of course, that the rents are too expensive for small businesses.

Adaptive reuse project of the week: Luxury Bread Building
The Central Eastside and Eastside has such a rich fabric of older buildings that we hope can either a.) carry on or b.) at least be retrofitted and repurposed. Meet: the Luxury Bread Building built in 1929. Its previous life was a family bakery called the Luxury Bakery Company. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, the building will feature some impressive mechanicals, full seismic upgrades and will serve as a retail and production hub for the area, providing a home for Portland’s rapidly growing “maker” economy. Potential uses include food & beverage production, textiles, design, and creative office.