Renovation of the former Breslin & Wallace building at 3434 N.E. Sandy Blvd. will begin before the end of April, said Jake Raiton of Greenlight Development. Raiton and partner Mark Desbrow teamed up with La Provence Bakery last July to purchase the 15,000-square-foot structure, previously an auto dealership, for $1.8 million.
An additional $4 million will be spent on renovation to gut the interior, remove toxic substances, decommission a fuel tank, install a new roof, upgrade water and sewer systems, remove and replace sidewalks and perform seismic upgrades. Greenlight and La Provence have hired S.D. Deacon as general contractor. No off-street parking is planned, but Raiton said talks are underway with neighboring Word of Life Slavic Baptist Church for use of its property just to the south on Northeast Imperial Avenue.
The open feeling and two-story windows of the former auto showroom will be kept, along with a second floor for retail and office tenants. Ten thousand square feet of former auto bays to the south will be La Provence’s new commercial bakery. Raiton said the restaurant chain plans to move its corporate headquarters to the site and add three new locations to its current eight outlets, necessitating additional bakery space.
A smaller 6,000-square-foot former auto repair shop will have a full kitchen on the south end and house an indoor restaurant toward the Sandy Boulevard front of the building. An outdoor dining area is planned for the current parking lot.
Raiton said construction is expected to be complete in six months, with tenant occupancy and restaurant opening planned for next fall. “We are excited to transform the property into something that the community will enjoy,” Raiton said.