The Alberta Arts district is a unique corridor that provides a mix of galleries, boutique retail shops, taverns, and cuisine that provide the best examples of Portland culture. The district stretches from NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to NE 33rd Avenue and has become home to some of Portland’s best known artisans and small businesses.
In 2008, the Arthur Cole Candy Company relocated from their warehouse on the corner of Alberta and 14th, leaving behind a fantastic concrete tilt-up warehouse that was perfect for redevelopment. Alberta Mercantile was born.
Our goal was to create a project that would leave the existing 7,000 square-foot building intact and also create small spaces that could take advantage of the building’s soaring 22-ft. ceiling heights. We were able to develop four in-line retail spaces that front Alberta Street, space for a small café, and six live/work units that cluster around a common courtyard on 14th Avenue. Many elements of the existing building remain, including the exposed roof structure. The industrial character was enhanced through installation of exposed mechanical and plumbing systems, staining the existing concrete floor, use of heavy timber and exposed steel, and installation of exposed Douglas fir decking on the mezzanine areas.
Alberta Street is a vibrant retail corridor that prides itself as being a hub for small, locally-owned businesses
Live / Work / Retail
live & work
The commercial portion of the unit features stained concrete floors, an ADA-compliant restroom with utility sink, and a glazed roll-up storefront door that opens to a common public courtyard. The separate living quarters on the mezzanine feature a full bathroom, large closet, washer and dryer, and generous sized loft with Doug fir decking that overlooks the commercial space. The mezzanine area is constructed with a custom steel railing and heavy canvas curtains that can be drawn for complete privacy from the commercial area.
In addition to live /work units, Alberta Mercantile consists of five separate retail spaces that total almost 6,000 square feet. Retail tenants include ZoomCare, Swiss Hibiscus Café, EcoVibe Apparel, and Imelda’s shoes.