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PDX Real Estate Insider: Three things I’ve heard about more Slabtown apartments, Urban Airship’s liftoff and Great Notion’s brewery in NW – Portland Business Journal

We’ve got some good ones this week for those who like new neighborhoods, office gossip and hazy IPAs.

More sleeping in Slabtown

Construction’s not yet wrapped up on the roughly 380 apartments that Cairn Pacific has underway on Blocks 294 and 295 in Slabtown, but already the Portland developer and its investor partner Prometheus are prepping to add another 400 or so apartments to the burgeoning neighborhood.

The initial proposal calls for two six-story market rate apartment buildings with ground-floor retail and basement parking on blocks 291W and 292W, which border Northwest 21st Street and Northwest Raleigh Street. Cairn principal Tom DiChiara said each building will have about 200 units.

But wait. Cairn’s not done in Slabtown just yet. On top of those 400 units, the developer has control of the eastern half of the two super blocks and plans to develop something other than multifamily rental on them in a later phase.

"We are working with a few other developers on those parcels," DiChiara said.

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Cairn Pacific and its investor partner Prometheus have these apartments under construction in Slabtown at present. Next up: 400 more units in two six-story buildings across the way on blocks 291W and 292W.

Urban Airship taking off

Urban Airship has been shacked up with Vestas-American Wind Technology in the wind turbine company’s Pearl District headquarters since 2013, but that’s going to change this summer. The Portland tech company, which develops mobile marketing software, is moving its office to a space above the Whole Foods Market in the Pearl District.

That means close to 35,000 square feet of space in the Vestas building that Urban Airship had been subleasing will become available in just a few months. No word on whether Urban Airship’s new home will be smaller or larger, but the company did trim about 8.5 percent of its workforce less than two years ago.

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Urban Airship plans to move out of its 35,000-square-foot subleased office in the Vestas building this summer.

A Great Notion, sometime soon

When Great Notion Brewing announced it would be expanding with a new brewery and restaurant last year, initial plans called for the production facility to be up and running in the third quarter of 2017 with the restaurant coming soon after. As can often happen with restaurants and breweries, however, those milestones came and went.

But the boys started brewing at the new location at 2448 N.W. 28th Ave. this week.

According to Paul Reiter, co-founder of the popular brewery, Great Notion will be making beer at the new facility for draft and 16-ounce can sales at its Northeast Alberta Street for now. The new restaurant and taproom, which will also feature draft and canned Great Notion beers, should open in early autumn.

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Andy Miller (left), Paul Reiter and Jamie Dugan started Great Notion Brewing in 2016. A second location planned for Northwest Portland has taken a little longer than expected, but brewing began there this week and the restaurant should open this fall.

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