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.