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Seattle team starts construction on 24-story Portland development

Construction has begun on the mixed-use portion of the Press Blocks development in Portland's Goose Hollow neighborhood, bringing new shape to the former Oregonian printing and distribution site near Providence Park.

The second phase rises 24 stories and will bring 341 apartments and three stories of commercial space, across 30,000 square feet, according to co-developer Security Properties, which is working on the project with Urban Renaissance Group. Both are based in Seattle.

“The Press Blocks will bring not only much-needed rental housing to the area but also provide an anchor for Portland’s next great neighborhood, replacing the massive concrete print facility that has dominated the area since the ’50s,” noted John Marasco, chief development officer at Security Properties.

Seattle-based Mithun designed the project.

“The development will offer extensive rooftop amenities including a hot and cold water plunge, as well as subterranean parking for 473 cars and secured bike storage,” project officials said in a news release. “A publicly accessible mid-block connector and plaza at the corner of Southwest 17th Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street will invite the public into the heart of the development and create a sunny southwest-facing open space for the enjoyment of the Goose Hollow community.”

The first phase of the project was the Canvas office building, which wrapped up in 2020 and has 140,000 square feet of office and other commercial space, according to project officials. It had a Migration Brewing pop-up on its roof.

Click through the images to see what the new mixed-use tower will look like. Press Blocks is at 1621 SW Taylor St.