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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Prescott Gallery (2012)

interior: prior to purchase and redevelopmentAddress: 1452 NE Prescott Street
Date of site approval: 2012
Acreage: 0.10
Zoning: commercial

Prospective purchasers of a commercial building contacted the Brownfield Program seeking advice about the necessity of environmental site assessments on a building with an unknown history.  Because little was known of the past uses on this site, we encouraged them to do their due diligence prior to purchase.  The purchasers later applied to our program for financial assistance and we were able to help fund a Phase I and Phase II assessment. 

after improvements

The Phase I revealed that this site had been a former auto body repair shop which is considered a use with a high potential for contamination.  Thankfully the Phase II assessment did not find any contamination associated with the repair shop and the site was cleared for purchase and redevelopment

Although the purchasers originally planned to use this space for an art gallery, unforeseen and costly renovations stalled their plans.  With fewer building updates, the owners were able to significantly improve the condition of the building and lease the space.  Currently, the site serves as an artisan leather workshop.