Project Overview

The 10th and Yamhill garage supports Portland's economic and transportation goals, allowing downtown customers and visitors to park economically and walk to retail, restaurant, and cultural destinations. Routinely, 90 percent of parking stalls are filled. The garage is centrally located within the retail core and along key routes for both the MAX and Streetcar. The streets surrounding the building are lined with active and vibrant retail businesses.

At 30+ years old, the garage requires significant renovation to support the demand for safe and efficient parking services. The City has four goals in repositioning the garage to become a higher-performing asset and meet the district's growing demand for multi-modal parking options and local products and services:

  • Goal 1: Preserve and modernize the building
  • Goal 2: Support the downtown retail presence and multi-modal goals
  • Goal 3: Improve the environment at the ground level retail and stairways
  • Goal 4: Pursue Green Garage Certification and LEED certification for the structure's core and shell

10th and Yamhill Garage Location

Project scope

The renovation project will make improvements to both the parking levels and the street-level storefronts and interior space.

Specific improvements currently planned:

  • Relocate and upgrade elevators and stairs
  • Replace lighting in the parking floors and retail entrances
  • Install new mechanical systems in retail spaces for heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical
  • Clean and paint the exterior
  • Restripe and recoat parking surfaces
  • Right-size retail spaces to meet retailer demand and be competitive with downtown market
  • Replace retail storefronts
  • Renovate restroom facilities
  • Upgrade parking customer wayfinding

Project history

Discussions related to redeveloping or renovating the garage began more than 10 years ago as part of the City's efforts to attract new development, strengthen Portland's retail core and respond to residents' and business owners' concerns about the vitality of the area. Many nearby property owners and retailers support and encourage upgrades to the facility, saying it is one of their top priorities for the area.

In 2015, the City concluded the garage was an essential element to maintain in its present location and decided to invest in renovating the structure to serve as a critical downtown retail and parking asset. In 2016, PBOT hired a consultant team to assist with the design and oversight of the renovation project. Also in 2016, Prosper Portland (formerly known as the Portland Development Commission) assumed oversight of the ground floor retail leasing.

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