On Broadway just before it drops under Highway 55 you might see a sign that reads “Fine JunquÃ©.” Look for a gaggle of rusted 50’s bicycles and a piece of cardboard with an advertisement scrawled in black magic marker. Pull over. Go inside. In the warehouse, located in the old Lemp Brewery, is one of the greatest junk stores in the city. It’s not just junk either, look through the salvaged doors, handles, moldings, hardware, window panes and mantles and you’ll discover an architectural narrative of the city.
If you’re not into junk you should pull over anyway and take the opportunity to explore the 15 acre complex that was just bought by Andy Hillin and the Jacob Development Group. The article in the December 15th Business Journal says the JDG won out over the prominent DESCO Group “whose plans for the development topped $100 million and included 250,000 square feet of office space and an undetermined amount of space for retail, lofts and condos.”
So what, I wonder, is the plan?
Here’s a suggestion: The Edgefield in Oregon
Edgefield was built in 1911 and served as the Multnomah County Poor Farm. In 1990 the McMenamin brothers purchased it from the county and turned it into a “unique European-style village, including lodging, a pub, with movie theater, fine dining, a winery, a brewery, distillery, golf course, gardens, vineyards, artwork, meeting, wedding and banquet space with special events year round.”
It would be great to create such an historic destination spot, almost a community, within the greater city. Then again it’s not as easy as it sounds.