The American Brush Building is in the heart of Portland’s rapidly developing Central Eastside District. Urban Development Partners, the developer, property owner, and future tenant, purchased the property with plans to redevelop the building for industrial mixed-use. They wanted to assess the impacts from increased employee, visitor, and truck traffic to and from the building at several intersections.
Nelson\Nygaard completed a traffic impact study, an on-street parking impact assessment, and a transportation demand management plan. To support and inform the demand analysis, we developed a package of site-specific TDM strategies that could be employed to mitigate traffic and safety related impacts. Our analysis found that the anticipated increase in vehicle trips will have an insignificant impact on the street network, on-street parking, safety, freight movement, access restrictions, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit circulation, and the neighborhoods.
In addition, the City of Portland sought to use an adjacent parcel to provide surface parking for the American Brush Building. Nelson\Nygaard’s analysis found the planned uses of the building would generate limited demand for new parking and clearly demonstrated the district’s parking supply could support any additional parking needs. This analysis saved the parcel without any objection from the City.