Release Date: 03-05-2015
New property offers last-mile logistics for regional food producers; opening as early as August 2015
Ecotrust today purchased a 26,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom at 1140 SE 7th Avenue in Portland. The property sits adjacent to its recent property acquisition at 831 SE Salmon Street. Together, the two buildings will comprise a Central Eastside campus that will act as a working hub for the regional food economy. The project has been titled “The Redd on Salmon Street.”
The Redd campus will support authentic regional food related enterprises in Portland, connecting them to the rich producers in surrounding farmlands. It will also focus on how to scale a robust regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest.
The new acquisition on SE 7th brings enabling infrastructure for last mile logistics (aggregation, warehousing, and distribution) to the Redd campus, including dock-high loading doors, warehousing space that will include cold storage, processing/maker spaces, and ancillary office and retail space. This building could open as early as August 2015.
The adjacent property at 831 SE Salmon Street—a 1918 industrial warehouse and iron works building—is under redevelopment as mixed-use space designed to enable regional food production. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2016. The plan for the 40,000-square-foot eastern block includes the restoration of the existing 16,000-square-foot building and the redevelopment of a 20,000-square-foot fully landscaped parking lot and outdoor space, which sits between the two buildings.
In total, both structures will provide 80,000 square feet of last mile logistics (aggregation, warehousing, and distribution), processing, ancillary office and retail, education, and event spaces.
“The Central Eastside is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood full of traditional and creative new industries,” says Spencer B. Beebe, Ecotrust founder and chairman. “We are excited to join this community and create a commons where everyone can gather and together build a viable regional food system.”
In addition to Ecotrust, the development team includes Walsh Construction, Opsis Architecture and Green Gables on design, and Gerding Edlen as an advisor.
Ecotrust’s mission is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies and ecosystems here and around the world. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding an environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it takes inspiration from the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership. Learn more at www.ecotrust.org @ecotrust
About Opsis Architecture
Opsis Architecture, founded in 1999, is comprised of a diverse, talented, and dedicated group who bring their unique abilities and interests to the design studio. Together they create inspired environmentally conscious architecture, volunteer in the communities, and lead by example. The Opsis studio practice is rooted in the guiding principle of collaborative “vision-making.” We thrive on open discourse and critique that shapes an idea based architecture. Our designs evolve through a variety of exploratory tools from articulating guiding principles and study sketches, to physical models and virtual visualization. The resulting work embodies the particular qualities of culture and place, function and beauty and environmental stewardship.
As construction professionals who create buildings with enduring value, Walsh Construction Co. is dedicated to sustainable practices and to helping our clients build strong communities.
About Green Gables
Green Gables is long standing and respected design / build firm founded by Lindley Morton and Corrine Oishi in 1978. The company is known in Portland for high quality craftsmanship in residential construction and its involvement in the creative adaption and reuse of numerous historic commercial buildings. Lindley Morton has helped foster a variety of historic and new buildings to completion while partnering with local developers and architects and as a board member in a variety of local organizations. Green Gables has an open approach to design and construction and works closely with clients to achieve their goals.