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Portland rejects 17-story Fremont Apartments plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — The city council said no Wednesday to a plan to build a 17-story high rise along Naito Parkway and the waterfront in the Pearl District.

While blocking a beautiful view was the main issue for some residents, that was not what bothered the city council. It was mostly about how close the building would be built to the river.

The council talked about their concerns before voting, and then approved an appeal by neighbors, to stop the development.

Background: 17-story tower could block NW Portland view

City leaders were most bothered by the width of the greenway between the building and the Willamette, down at one spot to just 13 feet. That’s too narrow for bikes, walkers and others to share; the city wants the path to be closer to 50 feet.

There were other issues, too. But not centered on the fact that the view of the Fremont Bridge would be lost for some, including those visiting The Fields Park.

One opponent of the plan said sending the developer back to the drawing board will give everyone a chance to come together on a better plan for the Fremont Apartments.

“We need to be able to make decisions for density and for views. It’s not one or the other, there’s a compromise. So many groups ore in one end zone or the other; let’s play in the middle of the field. Everyone can win,” said John Hollister, a Pearl District resident who wants to see some affordable housing included in the plan.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the appeal. and will finalize a vote in a month. The developer is expected to make changes and reapply to build at the waterfront location.

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Mystery developer buys properties, plans to remake section of Bayside

Two properties close to the Preble Street day shelter and soup kitchen in Portland’s Bayside section – 19 Preble St., right, and 255 Oxford St., the yellow building at left – are now owned by T International Realty LLC.

Staff photo by Ben McCanna

A mystery developer is buying up properties in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood as part of an ambitious, long-term plan to rebrand and remake an area that has long been home to a network of social service agencies.

Recent purchases near the Preble Street day shelter and soup kitchen generated buzz online this week after it became known that the buyer is a company named T International Realty – the same name used by the family of President Trump for several companies registered in other states.

Speculation about the Trump family’s possible interest in Bayside real estate was welcomed by Josh Soley, who is listed as an authorized agent for the Maine-based limited liability company. He would neither confirm nor deny an affiliation with the Trumps when questioned about the deal Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I think speculation is great,” said Soley, 23, on Wednesday. “I think any attention is good, whether it’s about the owners, or whether it’s about what’s going on here, or whether about rebranding the area – I think any attention is good.”


Despite the speculation, however, public documents filed in Maine and several other states where the Trumps own properties revealed differences and raised doubts. In other states, Trump companies typically list their New York City address and name their managers, including Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. The Maine-based T International Realty lists a Portland address and only Soley and his brother, Daniel Soley, as authorized agents.

On Wednesday afternoon, Josh Soley’s father, David Soley, an attorney representing T International Realty, confirmed in an email that the group has “no affiliation whatsoever with The Trump Organization or its affiliates.”

A representative with The Trump Organization also said in an email Wednesday afternoon that it was not involved in the project, but did not answer questions about whether it was concerned about someone using the same name.

Josh Soley said he is the broker and manager for the Maine company. He and others representing the company declined to answer questions about who owns and controls it, saying the developer or developers want to remain anonymous.

“I’m overseeing everything going on in Maine,” he said.

When asked why the group chose the same name as a Trump affiliate, Soley said those questions would need to be answered by the members, whom he would not name.

Soley, who launched his own real estate firm called Maine Realty Advisors this year, said T International Realty is looking to rebrand the 19 Portland St. block, which includes Preble Street’s day shelter and soup kitchen, and rename it the “Flat Iron Block.”


The company is currently gutting the first floor of the apartment building at 19 Portland St. and will begin advertising for a retail tenant, he said. Next week, he plans to begin advertising for retail tenants at 255 Oxford St., an apartment building across the street.

Soley said the subsidized housing there will stay – at least for now. According to the city’s rental registry, 19 Portland St. has nine residential units and 255 Oxford St. has 17.

Soley said the group is looking to position itself for a major redevelopment, should Preble Street ever leave downtown. Preble Street is a nonprofit agency that has long anchored a variety of social services in the Bayside neighborhood.

“Right now, we’re looking to buy everything possible in the area,” Soley said. “I do know that if Preble Street were to leave, we would immediately look at buying that property as well.”

Preble Street has no plans to leave its location at 5 Portland St. anytime soon, Executive Director Mark Swann said. He said Preble Street would re-evaluate if the city ever moves its adult homeless shelter, which is located a block away on Oxford Street.

“There’s no imminent plan to move,” Swann said. “If the Oxford Street Shelter moves, we will cross that bridge when we get to it.”

Soley said the owners of the properties want to remain anonymous to avoid any potential negative publicity or criticism from residents who might be unhappy with the group’s long-range plans, which would include market-rate housing.

“Portland is very judgmental,” Soley said. “Any attention on this project is going to be construed as negative.”

Most developers form LLCs for individual development projects and their names are disclosed on certificates of formation filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. So it’s unusual for an owner to go through such lengths to remain totally anonymous.

Soley and his brother, Daniel Soley, are the only two authorized parties on the Maine company’s filed certificate. And both of their names have appeared on mortgages associated with the purchase of 19 Portland St.

However, Josh Soley said the company has an operating agreement with the real owners that is not public.

“I wouldn’t say there’s been great lengths being taken at all,” he said of the owner’s efforts to remain anonymous. “I think it’s pretty standard for developers to not want to be bothered by the media or the people in the area.”

Soley is the grandson of Joe Soley, who purchased many buildings in the Old Port before it became a shopping, drinking and dining mecca. Joe Soley, who has a history of clashes with city officials, also owns the People’s United Bank building, which is a block from Preble Street.

Josh Soley’s two uncles – Tim and Jack – are also well-known real estate developers and managers. Tim Soley is the president of East Brown Cow Management, and Jack is a partner who also does his own independent property developments. Both said they are not involved with their nephew’s Bayside project.


Last year, Tim Soley added solar panels to his Fore Street parking garage to power the nearby Hyatt Hotel. And in 2016, he floated the idea of building a 20-story building on an undeveloped portion of the block bounded by Union, Middle, Exchange and Fore streets, but never submitted any formal plans.

More recently, Jack Soley submitted a successful bid to redevelop 60 Parris St. into workforce condominiums. It’s believed to be the first time such a project has been proposed in Portland without relying on a government subsidy. Jack Soley said he is not involved with his nephews’ project.

The Parris Street property, which is two blocks from Preble Street, is part of the city’s former public works campus in Bayside. The city has chosen developers for four of the six sites and is still negotiating with potential buyers for the others.

The city is currently seeking a location for a larger overnight emergency shelter to replace the old, cramped quarters at Oxford Street. It also has stepped up efforts to address nuisance behavior in the area, although residents say more needs to be done.

For Josh Soley and his anonymous clients, it’s only a matter of time before Bayside begins seeing some of the rapid development activity overtaking much of the peninsula.

“It’s been an eyesore on this entire peninsula,” Soley said. “And I think with the future movement of the facilities down here – the soup kitchen and the Oxford Street shelter – this area is going to be the future of Portland real estate.”

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Bend affordable housing completed six months behind schedule

A worker enters one of the rooms at Daggett Townhomes, under construction in Bend, on Feb. 19, 2018. (Andy Tullis/Bulletin photo)

Twenty-four families in need of affordable housing will soon be able to move into townhomes on Daggett Lane in Bend, a project that’s about six months overdue.

The delay is a result of last winter’s severe weather, site-specific setbacks and the Portland-based general contractor’s inability to recruit enough subcontractor labor, according to officials at Housing Works, the Central Oregon public housing agency and owner/developer. Continue reading →

Tapping Into Millennial Talent: How Next-Generation Agents Are Redefining Real Estate

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses millennials in real estate.


Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR


Lennox Scott, President, John L. Scott Real Estate, Seattle, Wash.

Joe Clement, CEO, RE/MAX Properties, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jason Waugh, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, Portland, Ore.

Christina Pappas: Some millennials are taking a bad rap as being lazy, self-absorbed or entitled. But as the Pew Research Center and other respected pollsters are reporting, the nation’s 75.4 million millennials—larger in numbers now than either Gen X or the baby boomers—aren’t lazy or entitled at all. They very much want, in fact, to be achievers. Continue reading →

Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns Preview

Portland Trail Blazers Potential Trades Before The February Deadline

Level Angsty Description

Here’s a scale on which to determine a crisis level of your favorite NBA team:

1 We’re Winning ‘Chips / We Have a Chance at Marvin Bagley Jr. 2 We’re Going to the 2nd Round of the Playoffs 3 Makin’ Playoffs, Probably No Chance at 2nd Round Any Time Soon 4 Playoff / Non-Playoff Purgatory; Franchise Player is Frustrated 5 Franchise Player Asked for a Trade, Somebody Hold Me

The Portland Trail Blazers are somewhere in between Stage 4 and 5 on this crisis scale. Recently Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers’ franchise player, had a sit down with owner Paul Allen in regards to the future of the team. The conversation stopped just short of Lillard asking for a trade away from the team. Continue reading →

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane to Retire After Seven Years

A Fight Over The Height of Portland’s Skyline is Raging. Who Wins May Determine Whether The City’s Housing Crisis Ever Ends.

A Fight Over The Height of Portland’s Skyline is Raging. Who Wins May Determine Whether The City’s Housing Crisis Ever Ends.The prospect of skyscrapers along the Southwest bank of the Willamette River has alarmed tower residents. (Abby Gordon)

Stanley Penkin, a transplanted New Yorker who lives on the fourth floor of Cosmopolitan on the Park, the tallest condo building in the Pearl District, is on the front lines.

He and his wife, Susanne, have a panoramic view: dogs cavorting in the Fields Park, sailboats rolling down the Willamette River, and the graceful arches of the Fremont Bridge.

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Portland, OR Apartments

Portland, Oregon has become a city with some high property values. For instance, average home values are over $400,000. Zillow expects these values to rise slightly within the next 12 months. The higher home prices also support a fairly high price of rent, but rental units in Portland aren’t as expensive as they are in some other major cities.

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The joy of affordable housing when on vacation

The joy of affordable housing when on vacation

Many people like to go on vacation but one of the biggest drawbacks is the cost of shelter during the vacation. Most of the time, hotel rooms and all the other kind of shelters reserved for tourist both local and international are expensive. This is because many tourist institutions believe that tourists are people who have enough money to spend. This is not the truth because we are not all rich and we all have a need to take a holiday at one time or the other. Due to this reason many people have been discouraged to go on holidays and they have been left to spend even their longest holiday at their homes. Recently, there has come a more affordable mode of accommodation that is the furnished apartments. They are available in all the major towns and if you are looking for portland oregon apartments, you can find them at a good price.

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The easiest way of finding an apartment for holiday

The easiest way of finding an apartment for holiday

If you are planning to go on a holiday and you are thinking of living in an apartment then you are supposed to have a good plan of how you will get a good apartment in advance instead of the last minute rash. There are times when you can embark on a journey to a holiday destination only to be frustrated in the last minute by lack of a good apartment to rent. One of the best ways to find a good apartment to rent is through the internet. There are many sites offering booking services for these apartments and upon arrival to your destination you will get your apartment reserved. For example, if you are looking for portland oregon apartments, go to the internet and make an advance booking.

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The best way to enjoy a holiday in Portland is to live in an apartment

The best way to enjoy a holiday in Portland is to live in an apartment

A holiday is meant to be a time when a person reflects back to see where he went wrong and also to focus ahead and see what is on offer in the future. This is a time to make new goals and let the failures pass. During this time comfort and a good peaceful environment is paramount. To get such an environment you are supposed to live in an apartment rather than a hotel room. In an apartment you will be able to control what happens within unlike in a hotel where you have no control whatsoever. In Portland there are good apartments to live in. In most cases there is a big competition in getting these apartments and therefore the best thing to do if you are looking for Portland Oregon apartments is to make an early booking online.

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