The reincarnation of the Satyricon site in Chinatown as low-income housing took a step forward this week.
The Macdonald Center, a local outreach and housing nonprofit, is proposing to tear down the building and to replace it with a seven-story structure with 42 apartments for low-income residents and women who need a safe, affordable place to live.
Attempts to save and reuse the building are too costly, says architect Greg Mitchell.The six-commissioner panel is on board with the proposal but found several problems with the proposed design, including a lack of storefront canopies.
Paul Verhoeven, executive director of Portland Saturday Market, says the neighborhood does not want canopies because they create a great place for the homeless to set up camp. The design commission will revisit any adjustments to the plans on May 5.