Plans to develop a 33-acre parcel owned by Zidell Marine Corporation is moving full speed ahead, according to the Oregonian. The Zidells hired ZGF Architects for the master plan, and also hired Landscape Architect Peter Walker, the designer of Jamison Square in the Pearl District and the recent recipient of the J.C. Nichols Prize for the Urban Land Institute, to design public space for the Zidell Yards property.
The land, described by the Oregonian as the “largest chunk of developable land in the city,” is mostly vacant, but Zidell and its developer ZRZ Realty Co. (the real estate company is managed by Zidell family member Matt French) has produced a master plan that would add 27 buildings and 3 to 3.5 million square feet of indoor space to the property, mostly comprised of residential properties with ground floor retail. The plan also calls for high-density office properties near the north end of the property, where the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge, which includes a pedestrian bridge, is currently under construction. An adjacent property at the same end of the property will see the addition of Oregon Health and Science University's new Collaborative Life Sciences building.
Zidell has owned the property since 1948, using the site to break down ships for scrap until 1960, when it transitioned to barge building operations. For a review of Zidell Yards' potential as a neighborhood, click here.