Developers look to put a 14-story apartment building at NW 21st and Raleigh, while Grand Central Bakery looks into repurposing its location at NW 22nd and York.
Relatively low housing costs combined with being in a desirable region put Oregon atop the United Van Lines' 38th annual study.
In step with a boom in private building, the county also saw dependency on public funding for projects drop.
Business Oregon will dole out a total of about $15 million to 12 school districts and one community college.
The Maryland company, LaSalle Hotel Properties, reportedly paid $64.3 million for the property.