Portland's largest food cart pod could become a 33-story building

Downtown Portland Food Carts/KATU News photo

A buzzing food cart pod in downtown Portland visited by locals and tourists alike may be developed into a 33-story building.

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According to planning documents online, the land would become a mixed use building with hotel rooms, office space and underground parking in the 900 block of SW Washington Street.

The block is owned by Greg Goodman, who wouldn’t comment on development because of a confidentiality agreement.

GBD Architects, the developer behind the project, declined to comment as well.

Documents filed with the City of Portland lay out how the 410 foot building would be used.

On the ground floor, the plans call for separate entrances for a variety of businesses that would operate in the building, along with a restaurant.

Below ground, there are plans for four floors of parking for cars.

Floors 3 through 8 would be used as office space. Above that are plans for 9 floors of hotel rooms, with two additional floors allocated of hotel amenities, such as a spa.

Residential condos would be on floors 20 to 33. And a portion of those units would be for affordable housing, through the city's inclusionary zoning code.

Portland's Bureau of Developmental Services would only comment that the proposed project is in its preliminary stages. BDS says it hasn't reviewed any of the plans, but is set to meet with the developer in mid-May.

And just across the street where a dozen or so food carts are set up, developers filed plans to create an 11-story building. Those plans were reported last spring.

Food cart owner Kayle Burton says he knew when he signed his lease along SW 10th Avenue last summer that development on the site was a possibility, but he's worried he'll be forced out earlier than anticipated.

"I haven't been given a timeline and to to be honest, it's a little frightening," Barton said. "Knowing would give me an answer. It would allow me to build a plan and it would allow me to move on from there knowing what's next."

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