The program is spreading from Lents to Alberta and downtown Portland.
Prosper Portland has announced the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program to address a recent dramatic increase in retail rents and decrease in vacancy rates in the city of Portland.
Rents hikes have resulted in the displacement of small businesses from Portland's urban neighborhoods. The program offers qualifying businesses reduced rent, tenant improvement contributions and technical assistance. It seeks to:
Prosper Portland Executive Director Kimberly Branam said in a news release, "This new tenanting program offers small, diverse businesses access to affordable commercial space."
The program is currently available at two sites in Lents Town Center in southeast Portland. It will expand to include Alberta Commons in northeast Portland and a site in downtown Portland.
The program offers qualified businesses an equitable application process, access to space, and in some cases additional incentives designed to lower the barriers to entry for emerging and small businesses, such as reduced rent, tenant improvement contributions and technical assistance.
Priority businesses are those led by owners who are diverse in terms of race, gender and other demographics typically underrepresented in the business community, and who provide needed business services to the local community. Prosper Portland will evaluate tenants based on their alignment with these priorities.
The Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program in Lents Town Center includes:
• 9101 SE Foster, a mixed-use development owned by Prosper Portland at the northwest corner of Foster and 92nd. Prosper Portland will offer initial retail rents for this space at 10% below market rents for new class A commercial space.
• Oliver Station (West), a mixed-use development owned by Palindrome Communities at SE Foster Road and Woodstock Avenue, where 4,000 of the 8,000 square feet of space has been reserved for the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program.
Applications to the program open Friday, June 16. Prosper Portland staff will begin reviews of applications on August 1, followed by a rolling, first-come first-serve review process until all spaces are filled.