What We Envision
The OMSI District will be a one-of-a-kind mixed-use development, neighborhood, and community destination with inclusive innovation and OMSI science learning at its heart. This new district will create a completely unique, immersive experience in which people can work, live, learn, and play. At the heart of this district vision is an expanded, invigorated OMSI campus—alive day and night with learning activity.
In collaboration with partners, OMSI will use its master plan to create an innovative mixed-use district that is:
● An inclusive and equitable community destination and neighborhood for the public’s benefit
● A center for sustainability
● A city economic growth driver and OMSI revenue generator
● A center for excellence in innovation, science learning, and teaching
Plans for the OMSI district currently include:
● 10 city blocks with up to three million square feet of new transit-oriented development, including over one million square feet of office space
● A waterfront education park aligned with the Eastbank Riverfront Plan centered in Indigenous ecological knowledge
● Up to 1,000 units of new housing including a minimum of 20 percent affordable units
● Public gathering spaces to provide connection, renewal, and culturally relevant and educational programs and events
● Next-generation sustainable urban development
Engaging With the Community
As part of a Metro grant recently awarded to OMSI and its partners, research and study plans are now underway to determine the feasibility for placing a Center for Tribal Nations in the OMSI District as well as the development of a waterfront education park.
The museum and its partners will host listening sessions this spring to engage with key groups from the community. These sessions will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their ideas for how the waterfront might be developed to support future uses of the land.
For more information on the Center for Tribal Nations, please visit their website.
To participate in Waterfront Education Park listening sessions, please fill out this form.
OMSI Is Looking to Develop a Gathering Space for the Native American Community Along the Willamette River - Willamette Week (Jan 2021)
Metro Awards Grant to OMSI and the City of Portland - Metro (Jan 2021)
OMSI Master Plan Receives Design Advice (Images) - Next Portland (Oct 2019)
Street uses, Green Loop at Issue in OMSI Master Plan - Daily Journal of Commerce (June 2019)
OMSI Proposes up to 2 million Square Feet of Development in Portland’s Central Eastside - The Oregonian (June 2019)
OMSI's chief on what's in store for its 18-acre riverfront property - Portland Business Journal (July 2018)
Updated: OMSI’s Master Developer is Gerding Edlen - Daily Journal of Commerce (July 2018)
For OMSI's 18-acre campus, a prominent Portland developer will shape an ambitious plan - Portland Business Journal (July 2018)
The latest on OMSI's ambitious Central Eastside expansion ambitions - Portland Business Journal (April 2018)
Portland Waterfront in Line for Expanded Development Near OMSI - ENR Northwest (Feb 2018)
OMSI Pushes Density, Flexibility in Campus Plan - Daily Journal of Commerce (Jan 2018)
New Waterfront Complex Planned Near OMSI - KOIN (Jan 2018)
Waterfront Complex Planned Near OMSI for Paddlers - Portland Tribune (Jan 2018)
The Future of OMSI - SE Examiner (Dec 2017)
Category Archives: OMSI Master Plan - Next Portland (Nov 2017)
James Beard Public Market Still Eyeing OMSI land - The Oregonian (Nov 2017)
Is OMSI's Land the Next Big Waterfront Development? - The Oregonian (Nov 2017)
OMSI Wants to Realign Water Ave and Build a Two-Way Cycle Track - Bike Portland (Oct 2017)
Plan to Innovate Area Around OMSI in the Works - KGW (Oct 2017)
OMSI Reveals Master Plan - Daily Journal of Commerce (Oct 2017)