The proposal covers roughly 100 acres - or about 60 blocks -stretching from Northwest Ninth Avenue to Interstate 405, north ofBurnside Street. The City Council will evaluate the proposal onDec. 13, following the Planning Commission's review next week, onNov. 28. Benefiting most from the proposal would likely be HomerWilliams, who owns several blocks in the area being examined.Williams' Hoyt Street Properties is planning some 3,000 units inthe district.

Sources at City Hall say some of the impetus for the changescame when a developer planning a residential conversion of the Bits& Pieces Warehouse at Northwest 14th Avenue and Lovejoy Streetdiscovered that he wouldn't even be able to locate his mechanicalequipment on the roof of the building because, at 107 feet tall, italready exceeded the height limit.

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