A Community Open House for the planned James Beard Public Market will take place this Saturday, December 13th at OMSI, from 2pm – 5pm. As was first reported in Portland Monthly, the design of the building is being led by Norwegian architects Snøhetta. The market is proposed for land at the Morrison Bridge Head, currently owned by Multnomah County. The county agreed in 2012 to sell the land to a group including the Public Market Foundation and Melvin Mark Development. The Foundation intends to build a daily, year-round, indoor-outdoor marketplace, which would include 50 permanent vendors, 40 day tables, full-service restaurants, a teaching kitchen and an event space.
The open house will be an opportunity to meet the design team, share ideas, and influence the design. There will be a presentation at 2:30 PM by the architects, the Market’s non-profit foundation, and Mayor Hales. The event is free to the public, and children are welcome.