Anyone who interacts with downtown Portland knows the Alder Street food cart pod. It’s one of Portland’s largest, the home of spots like The Dump Truck, the Grilled Cheese Grill, and, probably most notably, Nong’s Khao Man Gai. Soon, a portion of that pod may become a 33-story tower. The Oregonian reported this morning that proposal documents filed with the city indicate that a portion of the pod space would become a multi-use building, complete with apartments, hotel rooms, and office space. The Goodman family controls the site, and has eyed it for redevelopment for some time.
This isn’t the first time that pod has been threatened with redevelopment. Last year, Willamette Week reported that architectural design firm DLR Group filed a proposal for a boutique hotel on the food cart pod’s stomping grounds.
Clarification: The Alder Food Cart Pod encompasses a few sets of blocks. Nong’s Khao Man Gai will not be affected by the Goodman development; that portion is affected by the DLR development. Trucks affected by the Goodman development include the Grilled Cheese Grill and Frying Scotsman.