Natural Grocers says it will open a store at the site of a once controversial lot in Northeast Portland.
Mayor Charlie Hales announced plans for the new grocery store Thursday on the corner of Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Earlier this year, grocer Trade Joe’s pulled out of a project at the same site.
Members of the Portland African American Leadership Forum criticized that deal because it didn’t have an affordable housing component. They also feared it would continue a pattern of gentrification of one of the city’s historically African-American communities.
The release announcing the Natural Grocers deal notes that in March, Mayor Hales committed $20 million for affordable housing projects in North and Northeast Portland.
Patrick Quinton, executive director of the Portland Development Commission, said so far the response has been positive.
“Certainly the local neighbors and local business are excited to hear the project’s been revived,” Quinton said.
Colorado-based Natural Grocers currently has seven stores in Oregon.