While the Portland Development Commission (PDC) decides what to do with the former Metro Auto Wholesale site they acquired last year on SE 72nd and Foster, at least two community groups have expressed interest in developing the site.
Last year, Rose CDC expressed interest in taking over the lot, with intentions of developing a mixed-use project that would include low-income housing, as well as possible ground floor retail or commercial space. With that plan now off the table, another group has come forward with another idea for the site. Hacienda Community Development Corp. has considered the location as a future site for its Portland Mercado concept, which would bring together Latino vendors in a co-op or market of sorts. The goal of Hacienda CDC is to foster entrepreneurialism in the Latino community.
As of now, Hacienda has no specific ties to the Foster site other than an expressed interest for the location. The PDC’s final disposition plan is still under consideration, so nothing is imminent. However, the site does pose as a potentially significant hub for development along Foster as it runs through Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon about the PDC’s plan for the site. In the meantime, we’ll hope it doesn’t sit vacant as long as the properties they’ve acquired in Lents.