With a focus on innovation, quality
of life, development opportunity and public life amenities, the Zidell Yards
plan creates a 21st century district that will provide a different type of
working, living, and recreational experience for Portland. Over the past decade the area
surrounding Zidell Yards has seen remarkable change, with the development of
high rise condos, an aerial tram, streetcar, and a rapidly expanding medical
university, OHSU. The Zidell Yards site is the largest and last undeveloped
parcel in central Portland and its location within a rapidly developing
district creates a multitude of opportunities for creating a connected heart
along the river.
Zidell Yards is about a mile from
Downtown Portland, nestled within the southern edge of the Central Waterfront.
The once largely industrial, “working” waterfront is now largely composed of
residential and medical high rises and is well connected to the downtown and
across the Tilikum Crossing by streetcar, by aerial tram to the west, and in
the future by bike along the South Waterfront Greenway. Occupying thirty-three
acres in the evolving, vibrant South Waterfront neighborhood, the Zidell Yards
site is poised to transition from a manufacturing center on the Willamette
River to an equally important component of Portland’s next era.
Sasaki led the charge for a
comprehensive new vision for the long term redevelopment of Zidell Yards. The
Zidell Yards master plan sets a clear vision for a new district that will
become the social heart, the retail hub and the creative center of the South
The plan lays out new streets and
bikeways that connect Zidell Yards into the growing and changing South
Waterfront, including the Oregon Health and Science University’s expanding
campus and the Central District’s residential neighborhood.
The plan imagines the development
of approximately five million square feet of mixed use retail, residential and
office space in the coming years, bringing with it new jobs, thousands of
residents and daily visitors. Finally, it honors Portland’s strong parks and
open space legacy through the creation of a sequence of multiple parks, plazas
and linear greenways that each offers its own unique public space activities,
waterfront access and daily experience.
Five important concepts underlie the Zidell
Yards master plan; to create a new heart for Portland’s South Waterfront district,
to honor the history and legacy of the Zidell community and land, to be a
regional destination that offers unprecedented access and activation of the
Willamette River’s edge, to focus on a high quality pedestrian realm, and to
foster innovation and sustainability.
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