6:35pm: Meeting called to order, quorum not met.
6:40pm: Abraham Killingsworth presented his plans for the townhouses currently being built on NE Grand and Fremont. They are moderately priced townhouses with about 1300b sq ft per unit.
Abraham moved to Portland in 1966, and went to high school in the PPS District. In the mid-60’s, he saw that the boulevard was a place of thriving businesses, JC Penney, Fred Meyer and a Chevy dealership were among the business on the blvd. Then, there was an economic downturn, and since then, the blvd. has been largely ignored by developers. He’s hoping to change that with his deep understanding of the area.
The RFP for the NE Fremont/MLK property was put out by the PDC in 2001, and Abe company First Oregon Development was selected around November 2002. Construction was started in 2006, and the Certificate of Occupation was issued in January 2007. The restaurant Terroir opened in May 2007. Abe believes that MLK is still battling bad perception. The magazine Portland Monthly recently reviewed Terroir, and even though they thought the food was good, they made many negative comments regarding where and what businesses were surrounding the restaurant.
He’s hoping to get the word out that in the 3500 NE MLK building, there is a 6000 sq ft space available for a business to lease.
Meeting adjourned at 7:00pm