August 17, 2015
PDC Board members and staff joined Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman at the former Grant Warehouse site today for the announcement of two cornerstone projects in the City of Portland’s work in Northeast Portland. The mayor announced that on Wednesday, August 19 the PDC Board will consider a proposal to transform the long-vacant lot at the corner of NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street into a vibrant, neighborhood-serving commercial center, anchored by a Natural Grocers grocery store. If the proposal is approved by the Board, construction on the two-building, 25,000 square foot shopping center will commence in fall 2015. In addition to Natural Grocers the site will include space for as many as 10 local and minority-owned businesses.
Commissioner Saltzman announced that the former warehouse site, located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Ivy and Cook streets, will be developed into affordable housing. This project is part of the city’s initiative to create new affordable housing units in Northeast Portland through an infusion of $20 million of Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area funds.
Both projects will be built by Portland-based Colas Construction.
Below: renderings of the future commercial center at NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street