The United Carriage and Baggage Transfer Building is being converted into the Pine Street Market.
- Metro President Tom Hughes warned that a lawsuit against the Convention Center Hotel could jeopardize Portland’s chances of holding an NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018.
- Eater PDX reported that ChickPeaDX will be one of the first tenants at The Zipper, the under-construction micro restaurant project on NE Sandy Blvd.
- Park Avenue West has reached its full height. A topping out ceremony was held on Thursday.
- The long vacant 321 Glisan building in Old Town has been sold to developer Brian Wannamaker. Work to convert the former cold storage building into offices began in 2007, but stalled during the recession.
- City Commissioner Amanda Fritz issued a memo to Bureau of Development Services staff, saying that the bar should be higher for discretionary land use reviews. Staff should not, she said, ” have to ‘get to yes’ with every project.”
- The Ecotrust has expanded its plans for a Central Eastside food hub. In addition to The Redd, it has purchased another city block bound by SE 7th Ave, SE Taylor St, SE 8th Ave and SE Salmon St.
- Restore Oregon, a historic preservation non-profit, is lobbying the state legislature to pass the Revitalize Main Street Act. If passed, the bill would provide a 25% rebate for certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings. Portland Architecture discussed the bill and its potential impacts with Peggy Moretti, executive director of Restore Oregon.
- Saint Cupcake, Tiger Tiger Salon, and Breighela James Boutique will be the first tenants at the Mason Williams on N Williams Ave.
- The Portland Mercury had a look inside the United Carriage and Baggage Transfer Building, which will be the home of the Pine Street Market.
- The redevelopment of the Grove Hotel is moving forward. The project is now planned as a 112-room “lifestyle boutique hotel”, with a $25 million budget.