Next steps for Westmoreland church property: 31 townhomes

Last night, the SMILE Land Use Committee invited the developer to present their proposed conceptual framework to build 31 townhomes on the site of the Tenth Church of Christ Scientist at 5736 SE 17th Avenue. I attended it with Matt from SUM Design Studio + architecture (thanks for the heads-up, Matt!). 

Architect and developer Cody Johnecheck walked the committee and local citizens through some of the details of the project. Here are some of them

  • Five buildings, 31 units (townhomes), with some three-story and some shared courts
  • A public access street for non-residents that connects SE 17th and SE 18th
  • One (or maybe 2) parking spots per unit; guests will park on the street
  • Based on the dimension plan, they'd like to keep three of the larger trees and incorporate (according to Johnecheck they've "proposed" keeping them to the city, the city could deny, so...)
  • The project, if approved, will be completed in three years; townhomes are expected to go for the mid $500,000s
  • The style will be contemporary or transitional 

Next steps: Since this is a Type 3 project, there will be a public notice generated and more opportunities to comment during the land use approval process.  

Interesting note: The SMILE presenter says there are "1,000 units in the pipeline" in Sellwood-Moreland, including 304 parking spaces, or a 25% increase in more housing. 

 31 units and five buildings. 

31 units and five buildings.