• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Pamplin Media Group – Ava Roasteria will remove a story from the planned headquarters

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jan 25, 2022

The company is still coming to Tigard but will build a three-storey building, reducing planned office space

Tigard has approved both an extension and a streamlined construction plan for an ambitious Southwest Main Street project to be built on behalf of a Beaverton-based coffee company.

Earlier this month, Tigard city councilors approved Ava Roasteria being given a 12-month extension before construction of its new headquarters begins. The building was planned as recently as last year to have four floors, but Ava revised her building plan to three floors.

Plans are to house Ava cafe operations on one floor of the building, with the other two floors reserved for apartments. One-story office-only plans were abandoned.

“Under current market conditions, demand for new office space is weak due to the growth of remote or hybrid working,” noted Sean Farrelly, Tigard’s redevelopment project manager. “As a result, Ava and her financiers elected to eliminate the office floor and instead construct a three-story building with commercial and public space on the ground floor and 22 apartments.”

Those 22 apartments are the maximum allowed under Tigard’s development code for this site, Farrelly added.

The Tigard headquarters will also host an Ava Roasteria café. Additionally, the company will have its central roasting and baking facilities on site.

The Tigard property sits across from Cooper Mountain Ale Works on a former “brownfield”, a property that at one time was contaminated with industrial pollutants. The site was cleaned up in accordance with US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Former brownfields have also been redeveloped with mixed-use construction in cities like nearby Portland and Hillsboro.

“A three-story mixed-use development will be a catalyst for this key site,” Farrelly wrote of the company’s plans. “Ava has made significant (and ongoing) soft cost investments in the project and has a strong incentive to begin construction in 2022.”

Farrelly said the company instructed its architects and engineers to redesign the ground floor to contain a different foundation in response to new engineering analysis, a move that should result in cost savings.

The project will still include a small publicly accessible space that faces Fanno Creek.

Ava Roasteria set up its first cafe on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton in 2006, on a site that was once a gas station.

You rely on us to stay informed and we rely on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.