BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Tuesday marks one of the last days manager Travis Diskin and 60 other vendors will be able to open their doors at Curiosities Vintage Mall in downtown Beaverton. The mall opened nearly 7 years ago.
Recently, Diskin received a 60-day vacate notice from the city that he and his vendors had to leave because of the city’s plans to demolish the building for temporary parking.
Diskin was under the impression that the city’s redevelopment project was years out.
“There’s no way I would have expected that from my government,” he told KOIN 6 News.
He said the short notice is a death sentence for their businesses. However, the City of Beaverton said they’re on a tight deadline too.
“We’ve been exploring parking options for months and months and ultimately, we ran out of options,” community development director Cheryl Twete said.
Before Beaverton can break ground on the new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and parking garage, Twete said they have a legal obligation to provide temporary parking to current, nearby tenants and customers.
“It’s really challenging to come up with 165 parking spaces close to the round,” Twete said.
Construction for the arts center is scheduled to start in the fall. The city said they’ve explored a number of options in the vicinity, which must be within 600 feet of their current location.
“We talked to a lot of other property owners and we honestly had no other choice,” Twete said.
The city has put tenants in touch with their economic developer to help them find a new place to sell their goods.
“We hope that can work out, the businesses can stay together and successful and provide a wonderful destination retail here in the community,” Twete said.
Diskin said they have offered a viable option.
“He provided me with two warehouses, which are not suitable to what we do here,” the manager said.
Diskin also added that 60 days isn’t enough time to move 8,000 square feet filled with merchandise.
“A lot of people depend on these as supplemental income, so they’ll be hurt by this,” he said.
The city said they feel for the subtenants and wish they could have given them more notice, however, legally, they only are obligated to give them 30 days.
Still, Diskin and his vendors hope they’ll get extra time.
The tenants at Curiosities are trying to save their building and their businesses. They’ve already gathered more than 2,000 signatures and 1,500 testimonials of support — which they presented at Tuesday’s Beaverton City Council meeting.
The city’s longer-term vision for the Curiosities Vintage Mall property is to find a “redevelopment opportunity that supports Beaverton’s community vision for a vibrant city center.” That development selection process is slated to start this summer.