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.

Community Support

A broad and diverse coalition of local entities supports the OMSI District. We are proud to be a part of this dynamic community championing this innovative vision.

To add your name to the list, please contact Mara Hoaglin MHoaglin@omsi.edu

  • Adelante Mujeres
  • Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
  • Albina Vision Trust
  • Apano Communities United Fund
  • Arnerich Massena
  • Autodesk
  • Business for a Better Portland
  • Central Eastside Industrial Council
  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Edlen & Co.
  • EMA Architecture
  • Greater Portland, Inc.
  • Human Access Project
  • In4All
  • Kairos PDX
  • Maitripa College
  • Mayer/Reed
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Molinas Construction Company
  • Moonstruck Chocolate
  • Muslim Educational Trust
  • Native American Youth
    and Family Center
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Oregon Rail Heritage Center
  • Oregon Smart Growth
  • Pacific Seafood
  • PacifiCorp
  • Portland Business Alliance
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland General Electric
  • Portland Opera
  • Portland State University
  • Reyes Engineering
  • SEI
  • Senaptec
  • SERA Architects
  • Technology Association of Oregon
  • Travel Portland
  • Tri-Met
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Verde
  • Wieden+Kennedy
  • ZGF

Project Timeline

• 2022: Work with partners and the city on funding strategies will create the framework for a development agreement with the city.

• 2022: OMSI expects the master plan to be approved.

• 2022: OMSI, in partnership with ECONorthwest, releases the economic impact study of the OMSI District.

• 2021: In collaboration with partners, OMSI released the vision for the OMSI District and submits 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 communities and Tribal partners. Tribal engagement co-development 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.

In the News

" OMSI District in Portland Continues to Take Shape, Embodying a Changing Central Eastside Neighborhood" (Link) - the Registry

" OMSI District project heads to key city meeting" (Link) - Portland Business Journal

" Proposed OMSI District in East Portland will cost $120 million to build" (Link) - KGW

" Review begins for OMSI’s new 34-acre community" (Link) - Daily Journal of Commerce

" OMSI District Master Plan to seek approval with Portland Planning Commission" (Link) - Oregonian / OregonLive

" How Oregon Works: 7 Portland development projects to watch" - Portland Business Journal

" Plans for new OMSI district to include tribal center" - Business Tribune

" The vision, the plan, the cost – OMSI District master plan" - DJC Oregon

" Challenges, opportunities face construction projects" - Portland Tribune

" OMSI seeks city approval for high-rise development in SE Portland" - The Oregonian

" Check Out the New OMSI District Plan" - K103

" OMSI unveils plan for new OMSI District" - KPTV

" Plans unveiled for OMSI District along Portland's Eastbank Esplanade" - KATU

" Plans unveiled for proposed ‘OMSI District’ in Portland’s Central Eastside" - KGW

" OMSI District: Plans call for 3 million square feet of buildings in Portland east of the Willamette (Slideshow)" - Portland Business Journal

" New renderings released for OMSI District master plan" - Pamplin Media

"Oregon museum taps Indigenous community for riverfront project" - Indian Country Today

"OMSI Is Looking to Develop a Gathering Space for the Native American Community Along the Willamette River" - Willamette Weekly

Contact

For media related inquiries, please contact press@gardcommunications.com
For other inquiries please contact: Preston Greene, Vice President of Real Estate, pgreene@omsi.edu