Alberta Commons

Alberta Commons 2017-08-15T09:27:03+00:00

Project Description

This project will construct an urban retail shopping center consisting of approximately 20,000 square feet of gross leasable space on the MLK/Alberta commercial lot. The finished project will bring Natural Grocers (a quality, affordable, organic grocery retail chain) as the anchor tenant and provide affordable commercial space to local minority-owned businesses. Colas Construction, an African-American, family-owned business located in the neighborhood, is the general contractor for the project, and Majestic Realty is the developer.

Contact: Kimberly Morelandemail or 503-823-3220

Alberta Commons will boost economic activity in NE Portland by supporting surrounding local businesses and providing community benefits that were negotiated by a community-centered Project Working Group (PWG). The PWG process resulted in the formation of the Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability Committee (IMAC) which will ensure the delivery of the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), providing oversight, reviewing the hiring plan, and engaging the target community with employment opportunities.

Project Background

Beginning in 1997 Prosper Portland assembled nearly two full blocks between NE Alberta and NE Sumner and between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Garfield, following the goals in the Albina Community Plan (ACP) to revive commerce on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. by fostering the development of strong commercial nodes at key intersections.

The King Neighborhood Commercial Development Strategy (2000) envisioned a mix of neighborhood-scale commercial and retail uses for the assembled blocks. The strategy guided the development of the north block into two phases: I) the 36,000 sf Vanport Square commercial condominium project (16 independent commercial condominium units in two buildings) in 2008; and II) ten single family homes along Garfield, in 2012.

The MLK-South block is the second of the two blocks to be developed with an anchor retail tenant (preferably a grocer) that would attract more foot traffic to the area and advance the strategy’s vision.

About the MLK-South Site

  • 1.67 acres made up of seven adjacent vacant parcels (72,931 square feet), including 438 ft of frontage on NE MLK
  • One parcel with a residence (5,000 square feet, .11 acre) facing Garfield
  • Zoned Central Employment with Design Review Overlay (EXd)
  • An easement for an 8’ combo sewer runs north-south through the alley in the middle of the block
  • The 15’ alley serves three existing properties in the northwest corner of the block that will not be impacted by the development
  • The surrounding area is primarily residential to the west of the site with commercial concentrated on MLK

IMAC and Subcommittees

Responsible for hiring plan, supply chain, community space; oversight of construction workforce and coordinating between subcommittees.

  • Tony Jones, Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership (MCIP), Chair of Construction
  • John Washington, North Northeast Business Association (NEBA), Chair of Public Art
  • Mohamed Yousuf, Horn of Africa
  • John Tyler, King Neighborhood residents
  • Andrew Colas and Marc-Daniel Domond, Colas Construction
  • Andrew McGough, Worksystems Inc (WSI), Executive Director
  • Stacey Hallal, Curious Comedy Theater
  • Nita Shah, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), Chair of Retail Tenanting
  • Frank Diadone/Jessica LaHue, Natural Grocers
  • Kimberly Branam, Prosper Portland
Responsible for finding and selecting local retail tenants and providing business support.

  • Nita Shah, MESO, Co-Chair
  • Tory Campbell, Prosper Portland, Co-Chair
  • Adam Milne, Old Town Pizza
  • Elizabeth Nardi, Neighbor
  • Ernest Harris, NNEBA
  • Jonath Colon, Hispanic Chamber
  • Chris Guinn, Vanport Square Business Owner
  • Jeanna Woolley, Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress (BICEP)
  • Alex MacLean, Majestic Realty Co.
Responsible for workforce strategies that maximize opportunities for people of color.

  • Tony Jones, MCIP, Chair of Construction
  • Leigh Rappaport, King Neighborhood Association, POIC
  • Nate Mccoy, National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMCO)
  • James Posey, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Pat Daniels, Constructing Hope
  • Andrew Colas and Marc-Daniel Dummond, Colas Construction
Responsible for selecting artists to design two public art installations for the Natural Grocers building.

  • John Washington, NNEBA, Co-chair
  • Susan Kuhn, Prosper Portland, Co-Chair
  • John Washington, NNEBA
  • Alem Gebrewhiot, Small Business Owner
  • Diana Moosman, MWA Architects
  • Rick Tiland, Tiland-Schmidt Architects
  • Peggy Kendellen, Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)
  • Elijah Hasan, Artist
  • Hillary Pfeifer, Artist


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