Tenants of Towne Storage in the Central Eastside Industrial Distict say the building’s management has asked them to leave in November. The area is on the cusp of a rebuild of the Burnside bridgehead.
Its location in the center of town and sweeping city views have made it a valuable target for developers. The Towne Storage building has been home to booksellers, printers, a creative agency, and others.
Photographer Joni Kabana works in Portland, New York and the developing world. She’s maintained a studio space at Towne Storage for 10 years and said she’s been getting a very favorable rate for the space: about $1 per square foot.
“And that,” Kabana said, “was one reason why I decided I wanted to stay. There were a couple of times I thought I’d stay in New York City. I decided to stay here and commute back and forth.”
Now, Kabana is one of dozens of businesses trying to nail down a new studio space.
One of the building’s owners declined to comment, but said more details would be available soon. In addition to artists’ space, the building houses a document archive service and personal storage spaces.