The zoning laws responsible for Portland's growing stock of parking-free apartment buildings are set to die next month, and that deadline has spurred a final spasm of action. Dennis Sackhoff—the Beaverton developer behind a hugely contentious 81-unit building on SE Division—applied last week for permits to build a new 50-unit development at NE Couch and 20th. But where the Division project forced Sackhoff to share plans with neighbors, the new development carries no such requirement. The Kerns Neighborhood Association first heard of the plans from the Mercury.
Meanwhile, Beaumont-Wilshire residents signaled earlier this month that they'll fight a 50-unit building going up at 4425 NE Fremont. Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth will appeal the building's permit before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. DIRK VANDERHART
Portland's reasonable-seeming hopes for perking up South Waterfront with an epic new Nike campus officially evaporated last Thursday, April 18. Despite promises of some $80 million in tax incentives if it agreed to set up shop for thousands of employees in the city (as reported by the Oregonian), the sports apparel giant decided to stay home in Washington County, expanding on land it already owns next to its current campus. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, keeping his chin up, says he still hopes to lure some kind of corporate campus to the city's droopy waterfront district. DENIS C. THERIAULT