OMSI District

OMSI and its valued partners are working to create an inclusive, vibrant new neighborhood on the southeast bank of the Willamette River in Portland’s Central Eastside.

The OMSI District comes from a collaboration of local, Tribal and regional government entities, Indigenous groups, nonprofits and businesses. This neighborhood will be built together so we can thrive together.

The Vision

The OMSI District will be a one-of-a-kind neighborhood – an inclusive community destination with innovation, culture and science learning at its heart.

A new waterfront education park will honor people and place. It will be the first in the City to restore Tribal presence on the Willamette and create access to the River for all.

The OMSI District will become home. Up to 1,200 new units are planned for individuals and households, with a minimum of 20% of those units being affordable. Mixed use buildings will bring neighbors together alongside restaurants, businesses, Portland Community College, Portland Opera, and a Center for Tribal Nations.

The OMSI District will create sustainable innovation at scale. It will showcase and advance climate solutions through transportation, next generation urban systems and technology and OMSI science learning experiences advocating informed climate action.

The OMSI District is for everyone. For those seeking to play, to learn, to live and to be inspired. Welcome.

Project Timeline

• 2021: In collaboration with partners, OMSI releases the vision for the OMSI District, and will soon submit the Master Plan to the City of Portland.

• 2021: The State of Oregon commits $5 million towards the construction of a new Water Avenue, a critical infrastructure investment in the OMSI District.

• 2020: Portland Community College and Portland Opera join the master planning process.

• 2020: Metro awards a $750,000 grant to the City of Portland and OMSI to facilitate engagement with a broad coalition of Indigenous and Tribal partners. Tribal engagement input is led by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

• 2019: Mayor Ted Wheeler joins an OMSI board retreat and includes the OMSI District as a top City priority. Prosper Portland is assigned as the bureau lead for the OMSI District.

• 2018: OMSI selects Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) to further refine the OMSI District Master Plan for submittal to the City’s CCMP process.

• 2018: OMSI selects Portland-based Edlen & Co as the master developer, the entity responsible for executing the master plan and developing the OMSI campus.

• 2018: The City Council votes to approve Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which includes the OMSI District. The Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the State of Oregon.

• 2016 – 2017: OMSI conducts quarterly meetings with City bureaus, commissioners, landowners in the district, adjacent neighbors, State agencies and private companies, resulting in an understanding of infrastructure and public investment needed to support the OMSI District.

• 2016: OMSI works with renowned global design firm Snøhetta to develop an OMSI District Master Plan. The plan includes detailed input from Prosper Portland, City bureaus, district stakeholders, neighbors, community partners and developers.

• 2015: TriMet completes the MAX Orange line and Tilikum Crossing connecting the future OMSI District to the greater Portland Metro Area like never before.

• 2015-2016: OMSI participates in the City’s land use planning public engagement process.

• 2014: Congressman Blumenauer convenes leaders from OMSI, the City, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland State University, and Portland Community College to determine ways to co-invest in the district.

• 2014: At the invitation of the City of Portland, the Urban Land Institute studies the Central Eastside Industrial District and endorses investment in the district.

• 2008: OMSI announces development plans, partners with Portland-based Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) to develop a Concept Plan for the OMSI property.


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