Development Feasibility Analysis + Site Design

Walnut Park Feasibility Analysis
Multnomah County, OR | 2017-2018

Project: Multnomah County has long owned a full-block, signature corner property in rapidly changing North Portland.  The buildings are new beyond their useful life and the County wants a strategy for a dynamic, catalytic redevelopment project. 

Role: Cascadia Partners led a site planning and feasibility analysis for the entire block. The dynamic $65-million concept included a major food and music "market hall," mixed-income housing and County services. In 2018, Cascadia Partners was again hired to complete a more detailed, second phase of feasibility analysis to tee the site up for a public-private partnership development process.

Master Planning + Design

Gunnison Rising Master Plan
Gunnison, CO | 2018

Project: A major update to the 550-acre Gunnison Rising Master Plan that embraces walkability, outdoor amenities, local entrepreneurs, and missing middle housing types to create a resilient, desirable and market-feasible new sector of the city. 

Role: Cascadia Partners is leading a team of designers, economists, engineers and development partners to create a world-class Master Plan.

Zoning + Housing Policy Analysis

Bend Development Incentives
Bend, OR | 2017

Project: As the fastest growing city in the West, Bend is facing housing shortages and an affordability crisis.  City leadership has prioritized zoning changes and affordability policies that will incentivize the production of workforce housing. 

Role: Cascadia Partners performed a detailed analysis of zoning changes and incentive programs that could entice the private market to build workforce housing, such as Tax Abatements and SDC Financing Programs. 

  • Zoning code “audit”

  • Development incentives analysis

  • Affordable housing policy analysis

Streetscape Design + Placemaking

East Sherman Master Plan
Coeur d'Alene, ID | 2018

Project: East Sherman is the old highway route into downtown Coeur d'Alene. The street has lots of aging auto-oriented buildings, budget motels and vacant lots.  But the neighborhoods around it are increasingly desirable and residents want to see East Sherman transformed into a "main street."  The Master Plan includes streetscape designs, financing strategies and zoning changes to support this investment. 

Role: Cascadia Partners conducted a large public workshop to "crowd-source" design ideas from the real experts - residents and business owners - using a hands-on "streetscape design game."  These designs were bold and creative.  We analyzed the results and designed a range of alternatives to help the community understand trade-offs and select a preferred design.

  • Streetscape Design "Game"

  • Conceptual design

  • Alternatives analysis / trade-offs

  • Financing strategies (TIF analysis)

  • Visualizations (2D and 3D)

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Code Audit + TIF Analysis

Gunnison, CO | 2017-2018

Project:  Downtown Gunnison is experience a resurgence, but the zoning and streetscape design need enhancements to fully realize the vision for a walkable, thriving downtown district.  

Role: Cascadia Partners performed a detailed zoning code audit for several zones in and around downtown, and provided recommended changes to height, use, setbacks and parking that will make the code more market-feasible and help the community realize their vision for downtown.  Cascadia Partners also performed an analysis of the revenue potential from a potential Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in downtown, with and without the proposed zoning changes.  

  • Zoning code “audit”

  • Redevelopment analysis

  • Special assessment district feasibility assessment (TIF, LID, etc.)

Development Offering

Canby Development Offering
Canby, OR | 2017-2018

Project: The City of Canby Oregon desired a catalytic new development in the downtown area, and had two existing structures and a key vacant development site to leverage into a public-private partnership. 

Role: Partner John Southgate led a development offering process for the City-owned sites, resulting in the selection of a developer team that will rehab the two vintage structures and build a new mixed-use building, The Dahlia.  The project will be downtown Canby’s first mixed-use building, and will include 69 apartments and four ground-floor retail spaces. The project is currently under construction.