Stop 12

Stop 12: MLK & Taylor

This stop is near Platt Electric, a wholesale distributor of electrical, industrial, lighting, and control products for commercial markets. A lot of the development here is down by the river.

The Olympic Mills Commerce Center by Beam Development/Works Partnership Architecture exemplifies the hot creative space on the East Side.

The Eastbank Commerce Center, 1001 SE Water Ave, was transformed by Beam Development from an old warehouse constructed in 1923, into a vital and popular area for a wide variety of businesses.

Brad Malsin relocated from NYC to Portland, Oregon in 1992 and undertook groundbreaking projects in the Central Eastside. Brian Libby reviews 10 years of Portland architecture. He ranks the Eastbank Commerce Center as one of the significant developments for the city and especially the Eastside.

Malsin’s largest project to date is the 172,000 square foot B&O Warehouse, renamed the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, down the street at 107 SE Washington.

The ClarkLewis restaurant on the ground floor of the Eastbank Commerce Center, has been the standard-bearer for the farm-to-table food movement in Portland. The airy restaurant serves Italian inspired local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare.

Stumptown Coffee moved its headquarters to a 37,000 square-foot-space at the former MacForce space near SE 2nd and Salmon this summer. Stumptown brings 75 employees to inner SE, about 50 of whom work full time. A coffee retailer and roaster, the company will leave behind a string of buildings on Division Street. Founder Duane Sorenson is one of the “Third Wave” of coffee roasters, where he visits farms in person and is willing to pay high prices for coffee he deems worthy.

Sanderson Safety Supply is an Andy and Bax for first responders. It is the Northwest’s leading distributor of Safety, Health, Fire, and Environmental Protection with a huge variety of interesting products and great prices.

The Lippman Company at 50 SE Yamhill is celebrating their 60th birthday. They’re always having a party. They’re party people. Get your chattering teeth, rubber chickens, party decorations, balloons, rental props and helium here. SoundWind Air Arts, on the other side of the building, at 79 SE Taylor, handles windsox, banners, spinners and kites.

Girls Inc., at 105 SE Taylor, inspires girls, ages 8-18, to be strong, smart, and bold. Their gender-specific programs and research-based curricula provide girls with the confidence and self-esteem to access a bright and economically-independent future.

Vintage Portland says this tidy row of wood-frame homes, shot in 1884, was on the southeast corner of SE Morrison and 6th.

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