Restaurant and brewery in the works for Foster?

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Could this be the location of a future restaurant and brewery?

We don’t mean to excite you all prematurely. Nor do we want to celebrate the potential demise of a long-time business and fixture on Foster.

But….

Restaurant and brewery, y’all.

Maybe.

We’re only making an educated guess based on a recent early assistance intake, whereas the city’s Bureau of Development Services lists a change-of-use application for the property currently known as Paldo Market (at 6112 SE Foster). And while it would be a shame to lose a neighborhood market, especially one that offers a diverse mix of cheap snacks, Korean fare, and other assorted grocery items, we figured some of you may delight in the thought of another place to eat, drink, and be merry. Many would miss paldoPaldo Market if, indeed, they make way for a new concept in the space—count us in  that camp—but this property has been for sale and/or lease several times at various points in the last few years, so it’s no surprise a change may be in the works. It would be a sad goodbye to a uniquely Foster business, but a restaurant and brewery could be a nice score, too.

We shall see.

This comes at a time when several new businesses are set to open up and down Foster, as we pointed out yesterday. It’s also worth noting that a large commercial space is for lease next door, where Winly Cash and Carry most recently operated (and a mattress store before that, and Blockbuster Video before that). And with new residential and commercial construction on the way, perhaps the pace of change may be faster than we anticipated.

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City of Portland, BDS

With that being said, we only have the above documentation as source for our rumor mongering, so take from it what you will…

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Another mixed-use development on Foster inches closer to reality

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72Foster — Holst Architecture

Foster may very well be growing up, figuratively and literally.

It was just a few weeks ago that Holst Architecture presented plans for their four-story, mixed-use affordable housing project slated for development at SE 72nd and Foster. Barely more than a week before that, construction was already underway several blocks west, where a three-story, thirty-unit apartment building will rise just behind 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu at SE 58th and Foster. Combined, 131 units of housing and commercial space will be added to the corridor.

The addition of housing on Foster is a good thing. People will inevitably worry about parking, more traffic, and the character of the neighborhood being forever changed. All valid concerns. However, we are experiencing a housing crisis, and more housing in the neighborhood should help ease the historic rise of rent both locally and city-wide. Housing along the corridor, too, should make for a more vibrant and sustainable community. Yes, it’ll change the landscape quite a bit. But remember, we still have a lot of vacant/dilapidated buildings, old historic structures, auto shops, and absentee property owners that will prevent a large-scale transformation over night. In other words, we can still enjoy the grimy Foster that we all love and adore for a little while longer…while also enjoying an influx of new housing and an increasingly vibrant commercial strip.

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Commercial Building Permit Intake–City of Portland, Bureua of Development Services 

To that end, we can now expect the total number of units built on the western stretch of Foster to increase by 33. In addition to the 131 units already under construction or close to it, we’ve learned that the vacant lot at 5045 SE Foster is one step closer to development. As we’ve noted before, the former Busy Bee Cleaners lot has been slated for development for
over a year (when Busy Bee was demolished and rumors started floating around.) After receiviScreen Shot 2016-11-29 at 7.45.25 AM.pngng early assistance from the city back in April, the developers have finally submitted commercial building permits, and we have a few more details about plans for the lot. Bremik Construction will be the builder for the project, and plans call for four stories of mixed-use development; three stories and 33 units of housing will sit atop a single floor of retail space at ground level. A rooftop deck is also part of the plans.

This project will presumably be market rate, and will take advantage of its proximity to multiple bus lines that pass nearby, as well the north/south bikeway along SE 50th. Speedboat Coffee, nextdoor, should be a big beneficiary of this project.

There is no timeline attached to this proposal, and we’re not sure how quick the turnaround is between permit intakes and their issue. But we do know it brings to 164 the number of units in the near-term pipeline for Foster. Stay tuned for more…

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Catching Up…

Here we are, nearly two weeks since our last post, finally discovering the time needed to blog. We hope you all had an over-indulgent Thanksgiving; it’s good to do sometimes.

In catching up a bit, we see that the Bob White Theater curiously remains inactive, but continue to hope there are cool things happening inside. With that being said, we can at least look forward to the opening of three new businesses in the near future: Off The Griddle, Futpool Portland, and Bread & Roses Market.

Off The Griddle is the restaurant-to-be (and once famous food cart) set to open in the former Double Treble space at 6526 SE Foster. (Folks may better remember the location from the Gemini Lounge days, or its revolving cast of bars prior to that.) Here’s what we know about Off The Griddle—it was once a popular food cart that specialized in veggie/vegan burgers; their band of loyal followers have waited nearly three years for the “OTG Burger” to return (since the cart’s closing in 2013); the owners, who live in the neighborhood, run the successful A.N.D. Cafe on 54th and Burnside; and, according to an OLCC liquor license application, there will be booze and outdoor seating. Also, we repeat: this is a new restaurant on Foster!

IMG_3611We also have a community market in the works, as Bread & Roses Market continues to make progress toward its opening. There hasn’t been a lot of obvious movement, but we do know the proprietor is building/assembling/designing everything mostly on his own, save for improvements that require professional contracting. Although progress has come slow on the space—it was originally expected to be open by summer’s end—we do know that there is, indeed, progress. In fact, the most recent permits pulled for the space indicate a new bathroom being installed, as well as a deli and dining counter. We’re eager to have this addition in the neighborhood.

A few blocks up the road, soccer fans should soon be able to delight in a new recreation (and bar?) space. We wrote about Futpool Portland a few weeks ago, and it sounds like build-out of the space continues to move forward. We’ll have more info on this later.

In other news and calendar-worthy happenings, Foster’s second annual holiday tree lighting is scheduled for this Tuesday (11/29) at Laurelwood Park. Festivities run from 6 – 8 p.m. and will feature none other than Twiggy, the non-denominational, three-foot, traveling and fake tree. This is a fun family-friendly event, even if a bit short on tree for the lighting ceremony.

imageAnd finally, one other bit of business-related news: Saint Frank’s Music, the new/used guitar store operating next to Hallowed Halls in the Wikman Building (at SE 64th and Holgate) is expanding their business. In addition to musical equipment, the space will now be selling records and art. There will be some small renovations to the space, too, which will include a new listening station for the record cotnnesiour. This is good news, as Foster has quickly become a destination point for record collectors—in addition to Variety Shop, and Green Noise, Bar Carlo recently started selling records too. The addition of art, too, should only strengthen the neighborhood’s growing art scene…and perhaps they’ll participate in the monthly art walk that took hold this year.

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The Mysterious Case of Euro Classic’s Support for Eudaly

imageFor those keeping track of the ever-changing signage at Euro Classic Furniture, it may have struck you odd that they recently threw their support toward the recently elected and Vision Zero advocate, Chloe Eudaly.

While their scorn toward outgoing commissioner, Steve Novick, is understandable given his presiding over the transportation bureau that is responsible for the Foster Streetscape Plan they so colorfully opposed, we had to wonder why they felt they had an ally in Eudaly.

And to be honest, the notion that Eudaly may somehow reshape the highly anticipated plans for Foster had us a bit paranoid.

Our rational brain reminded us of a couple things, though: just because Novick oversaw PBOT, it doesn’t mean incoming mayor Wheeler will dole out the same bureau responsibilities once in office. Secondly, Eudaly has gone on record saying she supports Vision Zero and, to our knowledge, never made any public comments about putting a halt to high profile transportation projects.

imageStill, after more than a decade of fighting for transportation, safety, and aesthetic enhancements for Foster, Euro Classic’s signage still had us contemplating “what if?”

But then we received this, a note from Eudaly to one of our readers, who happened to reach out to her with similar concerns:
        “Commissioner-Elect Chloe Eudaly does not personally know Jon Schleifer and had no knowledge of the sign until it appeared on Instagram. In her one prior exchange with Mr. Schleifer she informed him that safe streets for all users was her overriding concern on Foster-Powell and throughout the city. While she was perplexed by the sentiment, she would like to commend him on his haiku writing skills.”

While Eudaly’s comments do not explicitly state support for the Streetscape Plan, it should put some worry to rest. And the fact that Schleifer’s haiku-writing skills were not lost on her just made her that much more worthy of representing us on City Council.

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Excuse us for our non-blogging this week; we found ourselves with a bout of depression Tuesday evening and are still recovering. Second Saturday is this weekend, though, and we felt the need to share the details so you can all make it out for the November Art Walk. We also have an update on the mixed-use project planned for SE 72nd and Foster, so hopefully all is not lost.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– So about Second Saturday Foster Art Walk—it started out slow in the spring, built up steam through the summer, and is still going strong midway through fall. Pretty impressive for any Foster-area event. Here’s what you can expect this Saturday:
Darling Press Studio- Guest artist, Shannon Garcia Shinn, will be on hand with her encaustic paintings on display. There will be drinks, and it will be kid-friendly. 5300 SE Foster, 7-9 p.m.
Champagne Room- The rotating gallery space located inside Foster Row will be presenting #YESASTRIPPER, a gallery show featuring works by dancers in Portland’s stripper community. Art by Selena Dawn, Tianna Kelton, Kathleen Boudin, Benet Comeau, Danielle Long, Lily B, and installation by Kat Salas. 5300 SE Foster, 5-7 p.m.
screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-8-01-22-amPo’ Boy Art- Guyburwell will have an art opening showing off his poster show prints, variants and original art. He’ll be joined by other artists, as well as DJ Joel Barber. 5444 SE Foster, 5-9 p.m.
Latchkey Gallery- No info, but they’ll be open from 5-8 p.m. at 6004 SE Foster
Flat Blak Gallery-
The satirical work of Christian Hooker will be on display, with an apt time to show off some artistic, political commentary…and more. 6006 SE Foster, 5-8 p.m.
Backstory Books- The neighborhood book and yarn shop will be celebrating their one-year anniversary this weekend. All used books and up cycled trade yarn will be 30% off, and the art of Liv Rainey-Smith will be on display for Second Saturday. Rainey-Smith will be demonstrating her wood-carving in store. 6010 SE Foster, 4-8 p.m.
Green Noise Records- Moff Ball art opening, with live music from Gentle Bender. This a free, all-ages happening. 5857 SE Foster

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Holst – 72Foster

– In other news, Holst, the architects behind the proposed mixed-use development at SE 72nd and Foster, presented revised plans and design renderings for the building. Here’s what we can say with confidence: the Portland Mercado was a game-changer for Foster; so, too, will the eventual Streetscape Plan. The proposed 72Foster, if resembling anything like the renderings, should be on par with the visual and cultural impact of the aforementioned. Serious, this will be a dynamic addition to the neighborhood.

– We’re gonna cut it short, there folks. We’ll leave you now with a few live music events for the weekend:
SMART Collective- Friday night, 6-9 pm: Ruined It//Anti Troy//Frontflip//Kick It//Xiphoid Process. Saturday night, 6:30-9:30 pm: New Not Normals//Tough Guy//The Wild War
Starday Tavern- Texadrine w/Billy Kennedy (6pm) and Deephaus (9pm), Friday; Liokness (6pm) and Pig Honey (9pm), Saturday

Feel free to let us know what else is happening in the neighborhood. Enjoy, folks.

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Community Meeting for “72Foster” This Wednesday

imageCome one, come all. If you’re the slightest bit interested in the mixed-use and affordable housing development planned for SE 72nd and Foster, you’re invited to attend a community meeting this Wednesday.

The architects (and non-profit tasked with managing the property) will be on hand to discuss design and other issues, as well as to get feedback from the community. (That would be you.) If you’re pumped about new housing and development in the neighborhood, have any concerns with the project, or just curious, this meeting is for you.

Wednesday at New Day Center for the Arts (5514 SE Foster), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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