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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Local businesses: open during construction!

February 5, 2014

This morning, Nick was pleased to visit Blend Coffee Lounge on North Killingsworth & Greeley in the Overlook neighborhood.

About to celebrate its 6th anniversary, the North Portland coffee shop is frequently rated among the best of Portland.

The Bureau of Environmental Services is in the middle of a large sewer construction project in the neighborhood, replacing and repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes that date back to 1920.

The complexity of the project has posed challenges for the neighborhood. For example, street closures sometimes deter customers from visiting local businesses.

Nick met with Blend owner Matt Lagasse and other local business owners – and they shared thoughtful ideas about how to improve communication and construction processes, and to keep businesses thriving.

Thanks to Matt, Venture Portland Executive Director Heather Hoell, the Overlook Village Business Association, and the Overlook Neighborhood Association for coming out to talk over a great cup of coffee.

And remember – our neighborhood small businesses remain open during big projects like this. Show them your support and shop local!