Tag: 8037 SE Stark

Veterinary Clinic on Stark

Today, a presentation at Portland City Council revealed a potential new tenant at 8037 SE Stark Street. The presenter explained that a group of veterinarians intended to create an urgent-care veterinary clinic in the corner shopfront. However, required site improvements could diminish or cancel their plans. This project served as one example in the presentation to support a temporary suspension of nonconforming upgrade requirements.

In the City Council AM Session on Wednesday, June 23rd, Matt Wickstrom with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) shared a slide deck endorsing the temporary regulatory changes. The proposal seeks to remove the nonconforming upgrade burden on tenants during a post-COVID-19 recovery timeframe. Currently, on projects costing over $306,000, the applicant must spend up to ten percent of the project’s valuation on improving the property to current zoning requirements. Nonconforming upgrades trigger on existing developments where a tenant proposes an alteration or renovations, but site features no longer comply with city standards. These fees can sometimes stifle businesses attempting to fill empty commercial properties as the project costs can increase beyond what their budget will allow. Older buildings are most susceptible to this type of hidden development cost due to the number of regulatory changes made over time.

The proposal would exempt projects from being evaluated for nonconforming improvements until March 21st, 2023. After that date, city staff expects Portland’s economy will have recovered. However, the proposal doesn’t consider project size or the applicant’s ability to pay for the upgrades. As a result, larger projects could slip through without meeting site standards, denying overlooked communities the neighborhood enhancements these rules were designed to provide. Example improvements include tree planting, landscaping, and bicycle parking around the site. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty expressed reservations over passing this moratorium, fearing that large developers would take the opportunity to shirk their social responsibility to provide projects that meet the cities livability standards.


Nonconforming Upgrades include:

  • Landscaping – particularly parking lot landscaping
  • Screening – separation between differently zoned sites
  • On-site pedestrian circulation
  • Bicycle parking
  • Trees

An amendment to this proposal delayed the final vote until next week. However, it is likely to pass when it next comes to City Council. The passing of this proposal will clear the way for the urgent-care veterinary clinic to proceed unencumbered by the costs of providing parking lot landscaping. Look for updates to this project in the coming months after next week’s vote.

City Council 2021-06-23 AM Session 3:58:08

Stark Street Corner Shopfront for Lease

The corner storefront located at 8037 SE Stark Street is now available for lease. Formerly occupied by Wix Insurance Agency, it was made vacant when they moved into their own building at 7300 NE Glisan Street.

Two spaces are vacant in the building. In addition to the Wix space, 8029 SE Stark Street is also available. It had been the home to the renowned Tanuki that closed in late 2018.

The Stark Street properties are listed through M Maltase Real Estate. Contact Michelle Maltase at (503) 730-2596 if interested.

Wix Insurance Opening on Glisan

Wix Insurance is moving off of SE Stark and into their own building at 7300 NE Glisan Street. The once red brick building on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan, now features a fresh coat of paint. Inside only cosmetic updates are being worked on.

Already a Montavilla business, Wix Insurance Agency plans to vacate their current Montavilla location at 8037 SE Stark Street. Gabe Kieselhorst, an owner of Wix Insurance, said they hope to have the new location open by the end of June. That timeline is not firm, due to the unknown reopening date for businesses in Oregon. With their lease expiring in August for the Stark Street location, they had to find a new office space. Kieselhorst said that they were excited to find this building for sale, just at the right time.

Kieselhorst lives within walking distance of the building on Glisan. They were looking for an ADA compliant building with parking. This building met all the requirements he could think of.

Kieselhorst bought the building on Glisan Street using the newly formed company, Wix Building Portland LLC. Ronald Laughlin Jr. originally owned the building and used it for his law practice until 2011. That year he started the installment sale of the building, often called a real estate contract sale. The buyer of the building has shifted over time. Recently the buyer was 1st Choice Tax Service, Inc.

7300 NE Glisan Street before painting

Because Wix Insurance does most of its business by appointment, there will not be much opportunity for the public to visit the new office. However they are putting considerable effort into upgrading the exterior appearance of the building. Kieselhorst said they are just happy to stay in the neighborhood and continue to be part of this community.

Updatedthis article was updated with confirmation from the owners about the move. The Original article is below.


Wix Insurance may be moving off of SE Stark and onto NE Glisan. There is good indication that Wix has entered into an agreement to buy the building at 7300 NE Glisan Street.

Ronald Laughlin Jr. owns the building on NE Glisan and used it for his law practice until 2011. That year he started the installment sale of the building, often called a real estate contract sale. The buyer of the building has shifted over time. Recently the buyer was 1st Choice Tax Service, Inc. When called for comment, Laughlin said he had sold the building and the new owner was Wix Insurance.

A Multnomah County property records search shows an amendment for the property, stating the new buyer is Wix Building Portland LLC.

Wix Building Portland LLC is listed the City of Portland Revenue Division new business list, for January 2020. Sean Mcguire is listed as the principal party in the LLC. Mcguire is the Chief Executive Officer at Wix Insurance Agency.

7300 NE Glisan Street back of building with new paint

The distinct, all brick building, is placed tight on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan. It now features a fresh coat of paint, covering its once natural red color.

What is not know is, if Wix Insurance Agency is going to vacate its current location at 8037 SE Stark Street. It is possible, 7300 NE Glisan Street will become a second Montavilla location or act as an investment property for the company. When reached for comment, by email and phone, Wix Insurance Agency didn’t reply.