The Daily Journal of Commerce recently published a story on the project at SE 26th & Belmont:
The space between 26th and 27th avenues on Southeast Belmont Street is presently a level lot, but work is planned on a four-story, H-shaped building; the ground floor of the 13,000-square-foot structure will be dedicated to commercial space while the top three floors will hold apartments.
“We could have built a regular, everyday block building, but residents would have ended up looking out at future building walls next door,” said Eric Hoffman, co-founder of SUM Design Studio and lead architect for the project.
The team instead split a normal block building in half and pushed it out to the property line.
You can read the full story here: http://djcoregon.com/news/2011/02/08/belmont-project-design-includes-wooden-tongue.