Month: August 2020

Expanded Corners Come to 92nd

Expanded corners are now present at the intersection of SE 92nd Ave and Washington street. First appearing on 76th Ave, these are part of the Busy Streets program seeking to provide more space at heavily used intersections.

Portland Bureau of Transportation installed these temporary sidewalk expansions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These street crossings often become crowded with pedestrians trying to cross. This extra space should allow for social distancing while waiting for cars to yield.

Northeast corner

Southwest corner

Northwest corner

1911 Storefront for Lease

A handwritten sign in the window of 6900 NE Glisan Street advertises that the storefront is for lease. This corner building is looking for its next business to house, just as it has for over 100 years. First built in 1911 for W. Heinen, the structure’s design created a store on the first floor and a dwelling above.

Originally built with an address of 1780 E Glisan Street, it most commonly was addressed as 1772 E Glisan Street. The address 1776 E Glisan also was associated with this location before it finally moving to the new address system used today.

Many groceries have occupied this location in its first fifty years, although most names are no longer know. Newspaper advertisements and articles have preserved some of that history, as well as plumbing records.

Kaia and Inga Casperson at confectionery 69th and Glisan. Courtesy Kevin Dorney

1915 – Casperson & Jensen Confectionery, served Celro-Kola for 5-cents at their soda fountain. Morning Oregonian, May 22, 1915, and The Oregon daily journal, April 05, 1915.

1922 – Charles Ingram of White Front grocery reported taking a counterfeit $20 bill from a woman trying to use it for 30-cents of groceries. Morning Oregonian, April 05, 1922.

1958 – Historic Plumbing Permit lists the business name as Hill Crest Grocery.

Kaia and Inga Casperson at confectionery 69th and Glisan. Courtesy Kevin Dorney

As a central business in the community, it served as an election polling location for many elections.

1914 – Listed it as an Election Polling Place The Oregon daily journal, May 14, 1914.

1919 – Listed it as an Election Polling Place The Oregon daily journal, November 11, 1919.

1920 – Listed it as an Election Polling Place. The Sunday OregonianOctober 31, 1920.

The century of service has been tough on this building, and it could use some updates. However, it has stood many tests of time and is ready for the next great business to open its doors at this location. People interested in continuing the long tradition of community retail at this address should email

UPDATED – Added photos from Kevin Dorney’s collection showing Kaia and Inga Casperson at their confectionery. Pictures are undated.

Stark Street Storefront for Lease

3,750 square feet of storefront space is available for lease on SE Stark Street. Recently the home to CrossFit Montavilla, this property is in the heart of Montavilla town.

Located at 8040 SE Stark Street, the space has two bathrooms and dedicated parking in rear of building. The parking lot is accessible off SE Washingtons Street and has a commercial rollup door for freight delivery or drive in access.

Call (503) 807-1112 if interested in the space.

House on Split Lot off Washington

8739 SE Washington Street recently split into two lots, allowing for the addition of a new single-family residence. That new house will face SE 88th Ave and should have an address on that street.

The existing 1947 era house will remain on the site. Removal of the existing detached single-car-garage will be necessary to make way for the new structure. A ten-foot-wide sewer easement is a requirement of the lot division. It will run along the side of the original house from Washington Street to the back lot.

UPDATE – Demolition permit 20-180023 is under review with the city. It seeks to demolish the detached garage in preparation for building a new single-family residence.

Original story posted July 20, 2020

Phased Subdivision

Construction on the 9000 Hoyt Street Subdivision will happen in three phases. The first phase has multiple roles in the further development of this project. The soon to be completed buildings will test the housing market in this area and act as model homes for the remaining unbuilt houses.

The project developer, Todd Spencer, adopted the phased approach as a reaction to the pandemic. “We were a little nervous with COVID, and thought let’s just do three.” Said Spencer. Phased construction is a safe economic choice, allowing the sale of the first three buildings to help finance the remaining development. 

The three houses in phase-one will be on the market before the end of summer. They should sell quickly based on the current market. Like most new homes, the builder selected all finishes in the house. Buyers looking to style a new home to their tastes could opt for one of the subdivisions unbuilt units instead. Buyers of those units can customized flooring, lighting, bathroom fixtures, countertops, and kitchen cabinetry.

The next phase of construction will add four houses along the top of the retaining wall that runs along NE Irving Street. Those houses will have unobstructed views looking north. The final phase will add the two duplex buildings across the private road from the first three buildings. All the buildings, except for the front-most house, will share similar floor plans.

Every unit has 9-foot ceilings, three-panel doors, and each bedroom is a master bedroom with an ensuite. Outdoor decks are accessed through giant glass sliding doors and have natural gas hookups for grills, avoiding the need for propane tanks. Garages come pre-wired for electric car charging. Recessed-can lighting throughout the home keeps the ceiling line clean and unobstructed. Pendant lights over the kitchen island maintain minimal separation between the open floorplan while defining independent spaces. The kitchens use backsplash windows between the upper and lower cabinets, creating a modern design with natural light.

Hardie board, stucco panels, and vertical cedar work together to form the siding on the houses. Spencer selected mixed cladding and a varied color scheme to make these buildings project the modern design within the building. That design ethic incorporates some tradition with other bold choices. This subdivision’s style offers something different than what is immediately around the area and may attract buyers that generally would look closer to the central city. 

Despite the modern theme, the development retained part of its rustic heritage. At the front of the subdivision is a large tree that pushes into the street space. “the tree was a big deal,” said Spencer. Initially, the tree’s removal was needed to make way for the private road into the subdivision. However, Early in the development, the tree was granted a reprieve. Now the roadway snakes around the tree. That change forced the building fronted on the public-street to be smaller than the other buildings in the project. Bike storage and a community trash enclosure fill the space behind the tree, making the layout change beneficial.

Beyond saving old-growth trees, environmentally conscious rainwater management is a consideration for this site. The subdivision retains all rainwater on the property through a mix of Drywells and Pervious Pavers. The pavers create the private road’s surface. Their design allows rainwater to filter between the pavers and absorb it into the ground below. Four shared drywell will accept runoff from the fifteen homes’ gutters and let the water gradually release into the surrounding soil. Spencer admits that environmental concerns cost more, but he appreciates the value it brings to the community.

Originally this subdivision was not a flat lot. It slopes down to the northwest. A tall retaining wall holds back a mountain of soil used to level off the property. The height created by the wall allows for unique city views for the houses above. The wall’s engineering was substantial and caused many months of construction delays. “If I know what I was getting into, I might not have done it.” Said Spencer about building the wall. Ultimately, it has added another defining element to the subdivision that makes it different than many seen in Montavilla.

Todd Spencer stressed the inclusion of upgrades in building these homes. When choosing material, he opted for higher quality and better-designed finishes. The success of those upgrades will only be known when these houses become available for viewing, but they should be evident in the final product. Soon enough, both Spencer and the public will discover how well Montavilla supports this type of subdivision, and its success could bring more like it to the neighborhood.

Harashay Opening on Stark Street

Harashay is the creation of owner Renee Greif. It is the latest evolution of her 30-year hairdressing career. Inspired by a spiritual awakening, Greif is offering a beauty experience deeper than hair and skin. Located at 7819 SE Stark Street, Harashay will provide a range of body and mind wellness services.

Greif was working at a salon in NE Portland when COVID-19 shut down that business. Already possessing an inclination to find her own space, this seemed to be ideal circumstances for branching out and creating something new. Having taken a reiki certification class recently, she imagined hair and reiki would form the core of the new location. That idea soon expanded to include many other offerings, and the scope of Harashay continues to grow.

Harashay will additionally offer stretch mediation, parties, and classes based around different instructors and communities. The recently cleared and graveled yard behind the shop will host Red Tent Gatherings and other outdoor events.

As the business grows, Greif intends to bring on more hairdressers, expanding to three hair stations. However, the immediate goal is to set the proper environment for the shop. Although “hair will be cut” at this location, said Greif, this is not a salon. It will be a place less worried about schedules and more concerned with how the customer feels about themselves. “Harashay is a place you come to relax and have fun. Where time doesn’t exist, and you do not want to look at your phone.” Said Greif.

Renee Greif at the front counter of Harashay

Beyond services, Greif intends to bring in independent makers to provide items for sale. “I want to have other people selling products here… a place to sell their wares.” Some products may also be packaged and sold under the Harashay name when the product creators don’t have an existing brand. For hair and skincare, Harashay will have some conventional brands. They will use Kevin Murphy hair products and the Dermalogica skincare line.

The official opening date is not firm but should be in a few weeks, depending on the business license’s finalization. They will have some COVID-19 restrictions to work around, but Greif is anticipating a gradual development of the business. Much of the furniture is on wheels and will move and shift as Harashay takes form.

Look for the paper to come down from the windows soon and keep an eye on their website for more information on this unique addition to Montavilla town.

Expanded Corners Come to 80th

Expanded corners are now present along SE 80th Ave on both Stark and Washington streets. First appearing on 76th Ave, these are part of the Busy Streets program seeking to provide more space at busy intersections.

Portland Bureau of Transportation installed these temporary sidewalk expansions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These street crossings often become crowded with pedestrians trying to cross. This extra space should allow for social distancing while waiting for cars to yield.

South side of Stark Street looking west.

North side of Washington looking east.

North side of Washington looking west.

Clogs-N-More Outlet Coming to Stark

Shoe retailer Clogs-N-More is opening an outlet store in Montavilla. They are currently renovating the former Pottery Fun space at 7821 SE Stark Street, with an anticipated opening in September.

Clogs-N-More operates a few locations in the Portland area. Last May, they had to close their Hawthorne location after 20 years on that street. Many of their regular customers live in Montavilla, and moving to the other side of Mt. Tabor was a logical choice, according to Julia with Clogs-N-More.

The back portion of the shopfront will house a separate business, providing made-to-order pottery. That business is making use of the former Pottery Fun infrastructure but will not be open to the public initially.

Julia commented that Montavilla has some of the feeling Hawthorne had two decades ago and is happy to join the neighborhood. They had initially wanted the former Collective Agency space next door, however that space rented quickly. Fortunately the pottery company wanted to share their space, allowing Clogs-N-More to move into the building.

All the new businesses taking hold in recently vacated spaces is a good sign for Stark Street. Short term vacancy is an indication that Montavilla has maintained its reputation as a supportive location for small businesses. 

Opening dates for Clogs-N-More should become public next month and look for construction to start soon. When open, they will use the old Hawthorne location’s phone number 503-770-0842. Until then, they have an online store with free delivery in Portland.

Metro Leasing TBN Site

Portland Metro has placed the former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) location up for short term lease. While Metro develops a plan to convert the site into affordable housing, they hope to generate some revenue out of the property. This listing also confirms the timeline for Metro’s proposed transformation of the property.

Listed by Colliers International, the Glisan Street property is available for one or two-year terms. The flyer for the site states that it’s “ideal uses would include schools, theater, camp, short term office requirements, nonprofit uses.”

At a lease rate of $1.00/mo/foot, this is an affordable location for a short term project. Montavilla has a good number of available storefronts, but few with this much parking. It will be a challenging listing, requiring a specific type of renter with short term goals. With some luck, they will find someone to make this space lively until it’s redevelopment.

For decades this property at 432 NE 74th Ave was closed to the public, its large parking lot sitting empty and gated off. The listing flyer offers a rare glimpse inside the building. If nothing else happens to this building before its demolition, at least the listing ends the mystery surrounding its inner workings.

Leasing Contact and additional information

Scott MacLean
503 223-3123 or

August Construction Update

Montavilla’s many construction projects continue to make progress at different speeds. COVID-19 has disrupted some schedules while other developments have kept a hurried pace.

342 NE 75th Ave. has completed principle framing. The building’s final shape and style are now visible to neighbors. The cladding will determine how well it blends in with the other houses on the street, but so far, it successfully fits the area.

475 NE 74th Ave finally removed the construction fencing and painted the remaining portion of the building. This twelve unit apartment building project took its time and still may be a ways off from renting to the public.

9000 Hoyt Street subdivision is moving headed with the first three of fifteen new homes. They recently completed the private road for the whole subdivision with pervious pavers.

7901 NE Glisan Street is painted and work at the billiards hall on the right half of the property is progressing inside.