We’ve had an exciting month at the Redd! Construction has begun on the renovation of Redd West — the 20,000-square-foot warehouse on the 7th Avenue side of the 2-block Redd campus.
And, we’ve got a growing number of amazing businesses moving in that together, are joining a movement to launch our food system forward. We couldn’t be happier to have SoupCycle on board as the latest member of the Redd community. A small-batch fresh soup company and newly certified B-Corp, SoupCycle has made more than 180,000 deliveries by bike since 2008. They provide weekly meals of soup, salad, juice, and bread to homes and offices all over Portland. With a changing weekly menu that features four different soups, multiple salads, and other additional items, they are committed to providing yummy and affordable meals made with organic ingredients and delivered sustainably.
Fellow bike-based delivery company and Redd anchor tenant B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery moved their operations into the Marble building in January, and is now occupying 18,000 square feet of warehouse and office space. Providing efficient last-mile delivery solutions into the urban core, B-Line moves more than 4,000 pounds of organic produce, grass-finished beef, local seafood, artisan bread, and other specialty products into the city every day with their fleet of 700-pound cargo trikes.
In addition, B-Line has expanded their logistics and managed warehouse offerings in the Redd, sub-leasing warehouse, cold-storage, packaging and office space to seventeen regional food entrepreneurs like Carman Ranch, Cattail Creek Lamb, Lazy B Ranch, Wilder Land and Sea, Starvation Alley Farms, OlyKraut, and Betsy’s Best Bar None, among others who are taking advantage of the custom solutions B-Line offers on site.
Renovations of the entire Marble facility are now underway, including installation of 2,000 square feet of freezers and cold storage, warehouse configuration, systems upgrading, and exterior architectural and landscaping design. We expect to be done with renovations by summer. Meanwhile, Sydney and team are busy looking ahead to phase two of the project — restoration of the historic Foundry building that sits opposite the Marble, which will start this fall.
On March 19, we hosted our 2nd annual CSA Share Fair, welcoming more than 40 local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to showcase their community-supported agriculture options, including vegetables, fruits, pastured meats, wild fish, eggs, flowers, honey, and more.
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