Dozens protest planned demolition of Curiosities Mall
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle says city officials will try to carve out more time for the owner and vendors to relocate from Curiosities Vintage Mall, which is now under a 60-day notice for demolition as parking becomes scarce around The Round and the proposed arts center.
Doyle made the comment to the Pamplin Media Group after more than two dozen people, including owner Travis Diskin and his parents, protested at a City Council meeting. The matter was not on the June 25 agenda, but the public protest was triggered by the notice issued five days earlier, and the council heard people under "visitor comments."
Neither Doyle nor councilors responded publicly after hearing comments for an hour. Doyle said only that the council would await a report from city staff.
But Doyle said afterward that given the impending construction of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and a seven-story parking garage next door — ground will be broken this fall if the $46 million fundraising target is reached — city officials are scrambling for parking space in a developing neighborhood where it is dwindling.
Curiosities Vintage Mall is housed in a city-owned building at 12705 S.W. Beaverdam Road, south of BG Food Cartel and within a block of The Beaverton Building/City Hall and The Round. It is within the Beaverton Central urban renewal subarea bisected by the MAX light-rail line. It has been there since 2013, and has been on a month-to-month lease since 2016.
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