Calling all Rockwood food entrepreneurs
The long-planned development in the heart of Rockwood that is nearing completion is seeking diverse tenants for its micro-restaurant, grocery and retail spaces.
The Downtown Rockwood Market Hall has spots open for butchers, bakers, florists and more to launch their own small businesses in 2021. Decisions about who will be a part of the space will be made by a Rockwood resident-led selection committee.
There are 10 available micro-restaurant spaces within the market hall, with about 325 feet of available space — about the size of a standard food cart. There are also two larger "anchor" restaurant spaces with 750 to 1,000 square feet of room. Each location comes furnished based on tenant needs.
Vendors can also join the micro-grocery, with five spaces available between 750 to 1,500 square feet. Some potential partners would include bakery goods, produce, an international grocery, an Asian market or a butcher providing halal meat for the Muslim community.
The micro-retail spaces allow for different types of businesses to be included in the market hall.
"We'd love to see flower bouquets and other types of farmers market entrepreneurs," said Amy Evans, urban renewal support for the Gresham Redevelopment Commission.
The eight available slots are between 150 to 200 square feet and come furnished with a sink and drain. Additional spaces during a seasonal farmers market will be available after construction is complete.
Additionally, a commercial kitchen for cooking, food prep and food storage will be available to restaurant tenants or community members, rentable by the hour.
Anyone interested in securing a spot in the Downtown Rockwood Market Hall can fill out a questionnaire online at downtownrockwood.com/leasing/markethall. For more information, contact RKm Development at 503-690-2800.
The Downtown Rockwood project has been brewing for more than two decades and is finally nearing completion of the second phase of construction. The site is located between Southeast Stark Street, Southeast 185th Avenue and east Burnside Street, and will be a central square with a public plaza and play structures for kids, an innovation hub with services for locals, retail stores, apartments and the market hall.
The 5.5-acre plot of land was initially purchased by the Gresham Development Commission in 2005 with funds from the city's urban renewal district. The city spent three years, from 2014-16, soliciting ideas and feedback from residents in the neighborhood.
The project broke ground last summer, and the market hall should be built by next summer.
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