Melissa Binder, the SE/SW reporter for the Oregonian, solicited reader feedback today in a post asking, “What’s the biggest eyesore in your neighborhood?”
That’s a relevant question for many SE neighborhoods, Foster in particular. We have many varieties of decrepitude along our commercial strip; some eyesores are big, others small. Repurposing just one or two of them could make a world of difference in how Foster is perceived.
I’m sure the Phoenix Pharmacy pops up first in most peoples’ minds. And for good reason. It sits prominently in the central core of Foster, and it oozes history and potential for future use. But there it sits, idle and boarded up.
Here’s what one Oregonlive commentator had to say about the space:
“The Phoenix Pharmacy building at 6615 SE Foster. The most painful thing about it is that it *could* be such a beautiful structure, but the patchwork of plywood and sign scrap that’s boarding up the bottom and the frequent vandalizing of any paintable surface ruins it. People have been babbling about it for years (see below) but it looks as ramshackle now as it did 10 years ago. At this point I’d rather raze the structure and put something viable there instead of letting the building rot.
I think apartments up top and a restaurant below would be great.”
Binder—in today’s post—dares her readers to share their vision for the sites they deem eyesores.
So what say you? Are there other buildings on Foster you’d like to see remodeled, demolished, or given a fresh coat of paint?