Old Town China Town Plan

Project Info

Portland Development Commission
Portland, Oregon
Completed in 1999

Hacker completed the 6-Block Master Plan and Schematic Design for the Portland State University Urban Center. The goal for the development was to create a vibrant 24-hour urban district, combining University uses, housing, retail and business incubation space. The Master Plan included an unconventional mix of partnerships including city, state, and federal stakeholders, in addition to students, civic and neighborhood groups. The process required intense coordination and dedicated consensus building.

Hacker, with Shiels Obletz Johnsen and Suenn Ho, completed the Old Town/Chinatown Development Plan under contract with the Portland Development Commission. The plan presents a framework for physical improvements and an economic strategy for implementation. Development of the plan was a consensus-driven effort, reflecting the input of an extensive cross-section of this diverse community. A basic goal of the plan is to capitalize on the current momentum of new housing, retail and commercial projects to attract additional public and private investment, reinvigorating Old Town/Chinatown into one of the most dynamic areas of Portland’s Central City. The plan required urban design, community outreach, conceptual design and project feasibility analysis, particularly as it related to identifying possible acquisition sites for the Portland Development Commission.