Centennial Mills Update
April 20, 2016
A public meeting took place at PDC from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 13, to update the community on the Centennial Mills project, including the Feed and Flour Mill buildings, the Mounted Patrol Unit (MPU) paddock and building, connections to the neighborhood through the site, and the greenway. Representatives were present from PDC, Portland Parks and Recreation, and KPFF Engineers as well as from CBRE, the brokerage under contract with PDC to market the northern portion of the property not related to the MPU functions.
Presentation was well attended by the development community, members of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, and Portland residents living outside the neighborhood interested in the project.
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Board #1: Framework Plan
The 2006 Framework Plan Principles continue to be the foundation for the current approach to the site.
Board #2: Site After Selective Demolition
After the completion of Phase I selective demolition this summer, the Flour and Feed Mill buildings will remain; the MPU and paddock will remain; the wharf/columns/pilings will remain. Following Phase II of selective demolition, expected to be complete this fall, the Flour and Feed Mills and the MPU and paddock will remain; the pilings will remain but the original portion of the site situated over water will be removed. Based on retention of the MPU, which is returning to the site based on the prohibitive public cost of finding a new facility, the site will be divided into two parts, with PDC retaining the southern portion. The northern portion is being put out to offer by CBRE.
Board #3: Flour Mill Alternatives and Board #4: Feed Mill Alternative
CBRE will list the property with the requirement that the Flour Mill be preserved; restoration of the Feed Mill is optional. The estimated development costs acknowledge the importance of the two buildings to the site as well as the significant development challenges that accompany them.
PDC worked with KPFF and R&H Construction on the development estimates to understand the options related to seismic and structural upgrades and full renovation. The presentation of these estimates acknowledged limited budget and viable uses of public dollars.
Board #5: Project Timeline
CBRE will market the property for three months, with the goal to have an offer selected by summer 2016. The potential purchaser will be required to (a) fully restore the Flour Mill building and have the option to restore the Feed Mill building, (b) design, construct, and maintain the Greenway Setback Area along the Willamette River, per Portland City Code requirements, (c) design, construct, and maintain a public pedestrian easement connecting NW Naito Parkway to the Greenway Path, and (d) develop the property within three years.
Board #6: Site Activation
Attendee feedback encompassed a wide range of ideas, with priority placed on redevelopment that recognizes the history of the site and incorporates community connections (e.g. to Fields Park, 9th Avenue, and the Greenway Trail). The future of the MPU is a point of disagreement; the community has mixed responses to its use on the site.