Ethos Development principal Paul Del Vecchio, who has a background in development and construction in both the public and private sectors, lives just down the hill in Hollywood and often walks with his family to visit the Beaumont business district. Del Vecchio enjoys the sake selection at Daruma on 42nd avenue and his bulldog is a fan of the snacks at Green Dog Pet Supply.
“As a neighborhood resident, influencing what happens to the Red Fig property was of special interest to me,” said Del Vecchio. “The property is critical for retail foot-traffic – as it sits at the exact location where the retail corridor switches from one-sided to two-sided. If executed poorly, the neighborhood retail and community energy could be severely impacted for decades.”
Ethos emphasizes community-oriented development and Del Vecchio has been proactive in reaching out to the neighborhood and business associations. He plans to present an outline of his early-stage intentions at the BWNA general meeting in October.
“We are committed to building a high-quality, mixed-use project that includes innovative green features, is architecturally appealing, and energizes Fremont from a restaurant and retail perspective,” said Del Vecchio. “Siteworks Portland is our design, construction, and development partner. Led by Jean-Pierre Veillet, they are one of the most dynamic and creative firms in Portland. I’m proud to be working with them as they will translate our community-oriented project vision into a reality that will be a benefit to neighbors as well as the local, business community.”
Among other projects, Siteworks is well-known locally for their visually-striking work on the Hopworks Urban Brewery, the ecoFLATS project in Boise, the Lents Town Center and Davis Street Tavern in Oldtown.
“We plan to work with the community, though the neighborhood and business associations, to disseminate information and collect feedback on an ongoing basis,” said Del Vecchio. “We want to build something that will benefit our community for generations.”