Project to bring 16 carts with diverse culinary options, place to gather by end of year

PMG PHOTO: ALISA APPLEGATE - Fairview city leaders joined a ground breaking Thursday, July 22, to launch construction of the Fairview Food Plaza. A novel food cart pod officially broke ground Thursday, July 22, in a business venture that will eventually draw more visitors to Fairview, while creating a place for residents to gather for fun and good food.

Fairview Mayor Brian Cooper and other city councilors joined restauranteur Justin Hwang, who is helming the Fairview Food Plaza, for the ceremony. Leaders drove their shovels into the dirt at the southeast corner of Halsey Street and Northeast 223rd Avenue at a site that is currently a vacant lot.

"I want to bring a variety of cuisine to Fairview," Hwang said. "This community needs a place like this to come together."

The Fairview Food Plaza is planned to have 16 carts, an enclosed eating hall with a bar and rest rooms, a play area and central plaza, free Wi-Fi and onsite parking. There will be entrances along both roadways, and plans for a large ceremonial fork statue.

PMG PHOTO: ALISA APPLEGATE - The food cart project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The ultimate goal is to offer more than just the amazing food from the carts. Hwang envisions a summer farmers market, community events, live music and more.

"The project is intended to have a variety of different food cart options and many different cultural events that showcase the diverse makeup of our community," Hwang said. "It will be a safe and welcoming space for everyone in East County."

The Fairview Food Plaza is being constructed under the "Main Streets on Halsey" effort, which is to create a walkable main drag through Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale. The project is working to pave the way for more places to eat, shop and gather with the whole family.

In October 2020, Fairview City Council voted to sign a 10-year lease on the land, earmarking roughly $3 million to develop the site through the urban renewal program. P&C Construction will design and build the site.

The ground breaking had been delayed on the project, but now, if things remain on track, it should open in late December or early January.

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