SE 82nd Avenue may soon have a new food cart pod near the popular SE Stark commercial area. A recent Early Assistance application revealed plans for the large corner property on SE 82nd Avenue at SE Ash Street. The new owner of 218 SE 82nd Avenue wants to demolish the existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) sales buildings and construct a food cart pod with an overhead canopy structure and other amenities.
B&U Properties bought the corner lot used by Budget RV Center in November of 2021. The same Limited Liability Company had recently acquired three lots adjacent to the RV sales property in June of 2021. B&U Properties is owned by Uday Seelam, who previously operated a food cart business and has experience in the food service industry.
The combined site owned by B&U Properties is 260 feet long and 100 feet deep, making it a sizable dining venue with space for parking and dozens of food carts. The proposal for the site includes adding water and sewer services to support the food carts, along with a shared trash enclosure. Crews will reconstruct the existing commercial driveway and add a pedestrian entrance from SE 82nd Avenue. They will also provide modular bathrooms on site, similar to the facilities installed at The Yard at Montavilla food cart pod.
This new food cart pod would be Montavilla’s second culinary collective opened in the last few years. The Yard at Montavilla greeted guests a year ago, just two blocks to the north. One month before the Yard’s grand opening, the Collective Oregon Eateries (CORE) at 3612 SE 82nd Avenue opened near SE Powell Blvd. If approved, this new pod could create a competitive marketplace for food cart operators seeking favorable rent while remaining in the same vicinity. This project is in the early stages of development and will likely not begin construction until sometime in 2023.