Nick Leritz and Risa Boyer Leritz’s sustainable, mixed-use project in the Cully neighborhood is nearing completion, with construction expected to wrap in June.
The Makers Row building, near the corner of Northeast 42nd and Prescott, will begin pre-leasing apartments within the next month or two. “B&G Builders have been great about keeping the project moving in all the crazy weather we’ve had,” said Boyer Leritz.
The completed 19,000-square foot project with a common-area courtyard will feature 19 units of housing and is permitted for one or two spaces of ground-floor retail. The energy-efficient apartments offer modern layouts and materials with concrete floors, on-site bike parking and in-unit washers and dryers. Most of the apartments have private balconies or patios, and many have views.
Makers Row is the couple’s first project as a developer. They have lived nearby in the Beaumont neighborhood for eight years and plan to retain ownership of the property when the building is completed.
“We are currently looking for a commercial tenant,” said Boyer Leritz. “The space is 2,300 square feet and could be a restaurant or retail. It could be divided into two retail spaces. We have been working with Michael DeMarco on trying to find a tenant. He has been great to work with and is such a great asset for the 42nd Avenue community.”
The retail frontage will be on 42nd Avenue, adjacent to the Caribbean Spice shop.
“We love the neighborhood and ensuring that we have good integration with our community has been at the top of our priority list from the start,” said Boyer Leritz. “We were inspired by the creative energy in the neighborhood and impressed by the concentrated amount of ‘makers’ in the area – ranging from woodworking to urban farming. That’s how we came up with the name ‘Makers Row.’ It’s something that we love about Portland, and 42nd Ave. seems to be a real hub for craftspeople.”
For more information, visit www.makersrowpdx.com.