It’s a busy week this week, what with Melvin Mark Companies buying buildings, the unveiling of half of this year’s Fastest-Growing Private 100 Companies and a few other stories. So, let’s get right to it.
Over the weekend, some unusual fliers were posted on various buildings around downtown. The fliers showed an image of an earthquake-ravaged building and warned passersby that “Portland is vulnerable to earthquakes, and this building is not safe.” Below that was a call to check out a City Club of Portland Facebook page with information about Wednesday’s City Council meeting. At that meeting, the council is expected to take up the city’s Unreinforced Masonry buildings policy and some other ideas, including possibly requiring building owners to retrofit their buildings.
It wasn’t clear who exactly posted the flyers, but Angie Even of the local group Save Portland Buildings, assumed it was the City Club, and she let them know she was not pleased, accusing them of posting “a fear mongering poster on private property.”
“I am not an attorney, but defaming a building that is in current code compliance for political favor and gain is a breach of ethics that cannot be understated,” Even wrote in an email.
Dan Rivas, the City Club’s director of communications responded in an email, saying he’d reached out to members of the volunteer committee and asked them not to post the flyers again.
“We agree that no one wants unsafe buildings,” Rivas wrote. “Please know that I too feel that these flyers were in poor taste and distract from the substantive issues that will be discussed at the May 9 meeting and beyond. Our committee can and must do better.”
Firestone no more
Lake Oswego residents in the reader crowd will be glad to hear that the old Firestone auto repair shop at 506 A Ave., which closed last year, has better days ahead of it.
A sign in the window at present notes that a project is in the works from Portland architecture firm Koble Creative. Those familiar with Koble’s work know that the firm, headed up by Terry Amundson, has several brewpubs under its belt, including Victor 23 Brewing and Migration’s forthcoming pub in Gresham.
Sure enough, another similar entity is likely on its way to the old auto shop. Amundson said the owner of the property, Rob Moneyhan, vice president with Urban Works Real Estate, is planning a taproom, restaurant, coffee shop combo or “something to that effect” with an outdoor patio. Moneyhan is reportedly on the lookout for a solid tenant but may open it himself if that proves elusive.
An early rendering of the old Firestone in Lake Oswego that will likely be converted into a taproom-restaurant combo.
Speaking of brewing, thanks to my colleague Malia Spencer, who watches SEC filings like a hawk. This week, she came across one reporting a fund-raising effort of $2.6 million from something called Gorge Brews LLC. That’s registered to Willis Boyer and Travis Preece. Boyer is co-owner of a Portland construction company called Ravenwood, while Preece is the owner of the Ankeny Tap & Table restaurant at 2724 S.E. Ankeny St.
In an email, Preece said that he and Boyer are indeed raising funds for a new brewery and pub, which will be in Cascade Locks. They expect to break ground soon and be open in about 12 months.
That opening will find them joining the existing Thunder Island Brewing Co. in town, which itself is planning to build a new brewery on the main drag in Cascade Locks next year not far from its current location.
The Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks is set to get two new breweries next year, one from a Portland group called Gorge Brews and one from the local brewery Thunder Island Brewing Co.