Alder Street food carts moving three blocks to Ankeny Square
Portland's biggest food cart pod has found a new home.
Friends of the Green Loop said Wednesday, July 17, that the city had agreed to move the carts to Ankeny Square, 2 S.W. Ankeny St.
"We are thrilled to announce the city of Portland has secured a new home for the Alder St. Food Carts on the blocks surrounding Portland's Ankeny Square. The location is just three blocks from the former Alder St. location, allowing food cart owners to continue serving their loyal customers in close proximity to their former home. Approximately 30 food carts, currently being stored at the Post Office thanks to Prosper Portland, will move to the blocks surrounding Ankeny Square once infrastructure updates are complete."
The nonprofit Friends of the Green Loop said the move will be funded in part by "countless public and private donors." One of the group's largest donations, $25,000, came from Travel Portland, the group said, "which has demonstrated through staff and financial support its commitment to protecting minority businesses that are core to Portland's personality and, in this case, the Portland culinary experience residents and visitors have come to know and love."
Friends of the Green Loop consists of designers and city planners who want to establish a bike and pedestrian-friendly loop around the downtown core that also crosses the river. The group said Wednesday that more money was still needed to cover electrical, plumbing and moving costs. The group set up a GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/pdxfoodcarts to help pay for the move.
A plan for a culinary coridoor along Southwest Ninth avenue is on hold. One of its organizers Randy Gragg said Wednesday of the Ankeny Square move, "It's related, as the most basic idea of the 'culinary corridor' is to put the carts in underused right of way. The 'corridor' part is still possible, but will take longer to figure out."
A Friends of the Green Loop spokesperson added that contractors are inspecting Ankeny Square now with a view to generating a cost estimate and a timeline for adding infrastructure such as power and water systems.
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