About Graham Street Commons

In 1999, Jeff and Susan Hartnett first envisioned a “pocket community” on the two lots they owned in NE Portland.  Graham Street Commons is the result of their desire to create a small urban infill development that would reflect their values of low energy consumption, increased housing densities, and a community feeling.  The desire to provide close in, high quality housing at a reasonably affordable price and the constraints of the land and existing structures led them to use the “Common Green” option in the Portland Zoning code.  This approach, which has now been repeated many times since the Hartnetts first proposed it, creates individual lots suitable for detached single family homes.  GSC Plot Plan

The development’s architectural design respects and reflects the existing historic structures and focuses around a central pedestrian tract, which connects to the street and creates a shared space usable by all the residents.  While local zoning does not require off street parking the development provides parking via two driveways serving the east and west lots.  One assigned parking space is provided for each house.  The site’s development was first rendered by Andrews Architecture in 2001.

Andrews rendering3

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