The Slabtown Marketplace and L.L. Hawkins apartments (Block 296) represent the first completed block of the Con-Way Master Plan, located within Portland’s Northwest District. The Master Plan, developed by GBD and adopted by the City in 2012, aims to integrate new mixed-use development with existing commercial office and warehouse buildings.
GBD teamed with Holst Architecture for design and execution of Block 296, with Holst acting as design architect and GBD serving as executive architect. Lango Hansen Landscape Architects provided the landscape design. The overall project consists of two buildings: a renovated 36,000 sq. ft. tilt-up concrete warehouse, and a new 113-unit, 6-story mixed-use apartment building.
The warehouse, originally built in 1952, served as a storage facility for the Con-way transportation company until 2012. GBD and Holst completed a core and shell renovation of the existing structure, transforming the blank concrete facades with storefront openings and broad timber canopies, replacing the roof and providing seismic upgrades. The warehouse now contains three individual retail spaces, including the Slabtown New Seasons Market, designed by LRS Architects.
The mixed-use apartment building features 5 residential levels of studio, one and two bedroom units over ground-floor retail. Amenities include resident parking, short and long-term bicycle storage, and a resident lounge and terrace on the 6th floor. A USGBC LEED for Homes project, The L.L. Hawkins is targeting LEED Gold certification.
Between the marketplace and apartments, a generous pedestrian walkway becomes the focal point of the block, providing a gathering place for shoppers and residents alike.
With the continued development of the Con-way district, The Slabtown Marketplace and L.L. Hawkins apartments are poised to become the center of Northwest Portland’s newest neighborhood.