Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Zidell Presentation Wed night

Find out more about the new Zidell development project, tomorrow night @ Umpqua Bank, 5:30pm.

This notice is from the South Waterfront Community Association:

"Zidell Community Presentation
Recently, the Zidell family, owners of 33 acres in the South Waterfront, announced plans to develop a $20 million 118-unit apartment building in the South Waterfront. The building will cater to young professionals and employees/students working at OHSU. The seven-story building will be located at the corner of SW Moody and SW Grover (the small dead-end street just north of Gibbs – near the base of the Ross Island Bridge). The mixed-use development will also include retail and restaurant space.
A unique and progressive feature of the development is the building's lack of residential parking; the building will instead feature bicycle parking and adjacent proximity to the Streetcar. Transportation options and transportation demand management will be key not only for this building, but for the district as a whole.

To learn about this project, ask questions, or learn more about future Zidell projects, please attend Zidell’s Open house on Wednesday, May 30 at Umpqua Bank from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm. Representatives from Zidell will be on hand to talk about the new building and answer questions.
Wednesday, May 30, 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Umpqua Bank

3606 SW Bond Avenue, Portland, OR

Friday, May 25, 2012

When is that Gibbs St Bridge going to open?!

Gibbs Bridge under construction
(circa Jan. 2012)
Here's an update from the city:

Gibbs Street Bridge Update
May 25, 2012
Opening Soon
We are hoping to have all work completed by mid-June so we can open the bridge: crews are currently finalizing the “punch list” items on the bridge and the elevator is nearing completion before a final inspection from the state.
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 23 between 10 am and 2 pm for a Grand Opening that include an opening ceremony, walking tours, and free Tram rides from 9 am - noon.
More details will be announced in a few weeks.

News this week: May 25

A few stories of interest in the news this week:

Siemens receives $73M Light Rail order - Marketwatch

Protesters don't stop signing ceremony - PortlandTribune

Portland Tram to offer free, family events in June - OregonLive

What will Portland's newest urban renewal zone around PSU do? - OregonLive

Portland Aerial Tram - PFM Reports Blog

Also, please note: @ohsutranspark: OHSU Transportation & Parking and the Portland Aerial Tram will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Thanks to PDXPipeline & so many others for passing along the Grimm locations map love!

And be sure to check out PDXPipeline for news and information regarding Memorial Day weekend activities around Portland: PDXPipeline

Monday, May 21, 2012

AHA Heart Walk 2012 photos

The annual Heart Walk took place this Saturday, starting at the Eastbank Esplanade and looping around the 3 mile waterfront loop. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the event pulled in participants from a bunch of Portland organizations, including OHSU, hospitals and research centers, friends and family.

Turn-out seemed much greater than in previous years. Beautiful weather - Here are some photos from the walk:
family fun

The dress is made of coffee filters   
finish line

Friday, May 18, 2012

Grimm Episode 22 Portland filming locations

Grimm Episode 22: "Woman in Black"
This week: "As Nick delves deeper into his life as a Grimm, a trail of grotesque murders reignites the search for the elusive gold coins."
Aired: May 18, 9:00pm PST

The Grimm Season 1 finale made its way through many familiar locations from throughout the previous 21 episodes. Noticeably missing were the bridges and forest scenes, but last weeks' episode probably made up for that. This episode also featured the lovely Mary Mastrontonio as "the Woman in Black",  who hunts down the bad guys with her Jason Bourne-esque skills.

Monroe & Nick meet for coffee
- Ugly Mug Coffeeshop, 8015 SE 13th Ave, Sellwood

Ugly Mug in Sellwood - maps.google.com
 Governor Hotel
- 611 SW 10th Ave

Governor Hotel 2015

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grimm Episode 21 Portland filming locations

Hank figuring things out on nbc.com/grimm
Grimm Episode 21: "Big Feet"
In this episode: "...Nick learns the suspected creature and friend of Monroe is suffering from a mysterious condition... the inability to completely return to human form."
Aired: May 11, 9pm PST

This might be the best forest footage yet. Also some great local spotlights. No bridges this week.

The show opens with a Blair Witch style video and 2 guys tracking down Bigfoot, somewhere around "Bluff Creek Valley".

& Forest Outside the Stables
Juliette gets called out to "Tom Carson's ranch" to check on a horse that has been attacked. This may have been at or near the Roloff Farm in Hillsboro (near Helvetia Tavern, see below), as their site has been used to stage for Grimm filming.
stables - nbc.com/grimm
Disposing of a body in "Walden Park"
Monroe keeps disposing of bodies! What is this, like 3 now?
Some beautiful forest scenery this week...
Brinkerhoff's lecture in a library
The lecture scenes were filmed on location at the Crumpacker Family Library in the Portland Art Museum.  Confirmed here on their Facebook page; (the scene shows up at minute 22:54 for those of you who want to track it down).

"Located on the second floor of the Mark Building, the Library’s comfortable reading room and irreplaceable, non-circulating collection provide an urban retreat for anyone interested in art."
Crumpacker Library - Photo @ portlandartmuseum.org
Juliette's Lab - a quick shot of Juliette at a lab "at OHSU" but not really...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Land grab in the South Waterfront?

So there is a lot of news flying these days about land purchases, expansions, Zidell, OHSU, etc. Here is a quick summary of the major headlines:

1. OHSU did buy some new land (Blocks 23 & 27), including what is currently the dahlia fields & dog park. They say that we can continue to use it for dahlias and dogs for the foreseeable future. Construction of the future OHSU patient buildings will be awhile (no immediate plans).
Block 23 & 27
2. Zidell is developing more land. They just announced a proposed apartment building under the RI Bridge. They also recently purchased the 3030 Building (office building @ 3030 Moody Ave).
Photo from OregonLive piece by Elliot Njus

3. RiverPlace is not South Waterfront, even if the DJC insists on calling it so. Developers are looking at putting a new Hyatt in at RiverPlace.

And all of it leads the Portland Business Journal to ask "Is South Waterfront coming back?" This makes me wonder, where do they think it/we went???

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No More Little Burger?

A new sign is up for the "Moody Dock Food Carts Budget Gourmet Food". What do you think? The lotto sign in the background is a nice touch.
5/13 - sign at Moody & Gaines
5/15 - littlebigburger.com/

Another item for discussion - the word on the street is NO MORE LITTLE BIG BURGER for the South Waterfront. This is just a rumor so far, but I have not seen a bit of action at the location in the Ardea, which was supposed to open in June. Highly unlikely from the looks of things.

The LBB website lists Eugene & SE Portland, but doesn't list other new expansion locations (which it did previously).

Update 5/18 - This just in from South Waterfront Community Relations on Facebook:
"Just wanted to let everyone know that Little Big Burger is coming to the South Waterfront. They will probably begin build out July 1st - so we will have to wait a little longer, but the burgers will be here!"

I would read "begin build out July 1" to mean an opening in the Fall. But hey, we are happy that they are still planning to open here!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers' Day

...and a gosling update. These little guys have grown quite a bit in the last 2 weeks!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Meriwether lawsuit story

In case you hadn't heard... from Willamette Week:

Stormy Meriwether

A lawsuit alleges construction defects at South Waterfront’s storied condo development.

Meriwether (photo from wweek.com)

The story made quite a splash; it seems everyone is talking about it now...
South Waterfront Real Estate blog
Luxury Condos blog
Anne Saker @ OregonLive

Update May 21:
Rumor has it there has been a settlement...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Grimm Episode 20 Portland filming locations

Grimm Episode 20: "Happily Ever Aftermath"
This week: "The classic Cinderella tale takes a very dark turn when Nick and Hank are called to investigate the mysterious death of a wealthy matriarch."

A Cinderella Story in West Linn - Getting 'Grimm'

Arthur & the Red Stairway
Arthur gets some bad news while sitting in his car on Naito Parkway, north waterfront, by the red stairway up to the Broadway Bridge.

Arthur & Lucinda's house
- Located at: Riverknoll Way in West Linn
- Filming took place ~ March 20-21
- OregonLive article March 27 about filming in West Linn's Barrington Heights neighborhood.
Riverknoll Way, West Linn (photo Sally Filler)
 Lucinda's Stepmother Mavis's house
- Located at: 30000 SW 35th Dr, Wilsonville, OR
- This 11,1110 sq ft mansion could be yours for just $4.5M: Redfin listing & John L Scott listing
- See photos and descriptions on Homes of the Rich blog, 'Authentic English Manor in Wilsonville, OR'
(Thank you to Adele for the info on this filming location!)
Stepmom's House - nbc.com/grimm

Friday, May 4, 2012

Grimm Episode 19 Portland filming locations

David Zayas as Troll Mob leader (photo from spoilertv.com)
Grimm Episode 19: "Leave it to the Beavers"
This week: "As Nick delves into the trailer's weapons cabinet and his inner Grimm, the investigation of a dead construction worker leads him into a long-standing conflict in the creature world."
Aired: April 27 9pm PST

A new bridge makes an appearance this week: the Oregon City / Gladstone Bridge --- (along with a clever plotline about the creature "mob" and their troll-mobster-ing of the Portland bridges.)

Crime scene #1 = Construction site off 99E "under the Gladstone Bridge"
Filming took place at Clackamette Park
The Oregonian wrote a quick story with photos (Rick Bella, March 9) on the filming of this episode: 'Grimm' TV production moves to Clackamette Park in Oregon City

I received a few photos from a reader who was at the park filming:
Camera monitors under the bridge (from Sally Filler)
Filming with David Zayas (from Sally Filler)

Mannheim, Germany bar scenes:  The Lotus Cafe doubled as a German bar in a few scenes, most memorably the final scene where a Reaper receives and opens up a package with 2 severed heads in it.

The California Literature Review published an article by David Loftus (the actor who played the Reaper) about his experience on Grimm. A little trivia from his article: "I noticed that set dressers had placed pictures of Mad Ludwig’s lovely Neuschwanstein castle... and other German scenes inside the picture frames on the wall, but none of those turned out to be visible on camera."

Meeting of the Beaver Society
The Beaver Society meeting took place at Bull Run Powerhouse (thanks Jeff!) The "lodge" scenes were filmed in the former Transformer Building, and the fight and beheading took place in Turbine Hall (see comment below). It sounds like we may see this very cool location again in future filming.
Bull Run Powerhouse (now defunct) @ Bull Run
This is located ~6 miles north of Sandy on the Bull Run River, near Bull Run Reservoir. 

For more information:
Oregonian article, 2010
If you look into this a bit, you will also run across Roslyn Lake, another historical site that was used in the Pilot episode of Grimm.

"Portland Planning Commission" (the trolls') office
Nice bridge view out the window because they are literally under a bridge -- this is a cool location choice. It goes with the Trolls/Mob story line, and extortion under the bridges.  Love the photos of bridges on every wall, nice touch. According to my sources, the scenes were filmed here, in the building facing the Jefferson St Bridge:

Trip Trap Social Club
The mobster trolls met up here, in the cardroom at Lotus Cardroom & Cafe at SW 3rd & Salmon. The street entrance shown in the final scene was on Salmon.
Lotus Cardroom

 And this is where I'm woefully lacking information...but tomorrow is Friday, time for a new episode and I've held off long enough, so I must post and move forward. If anyone has location information or leads for the following, please shoot me a line!
  • Beaver's House
  • Arnold Beaver's trailer, (the young Beaver who is eye-witness to the crime)
  • John Beaver's repair shop
  • John Beaver's house - as mentioned in Episode 11, this house is located off Raleigh & 23rd
  • Warehouse/Barn - have we been here before?

Joe Streckert of The Portland Mercury wrote a blog posting in March regarding being an extra on this episode. For an amusing read, you can check it out here.

Usual locations: 
My previous Grimm locations posts: http://www.mysouthwaterfront.com/p/grimm-index.html
You can view this and previous episodes online: http://www.nbc.com/grimm/