PDX Real Estate Insider: Three things I’ve heard about beer in Camas, Willamette Falls and the end of Boyd’s in Portland – Portland Business Journal

If you’ve been wondering what’s been happening with the Willamette Falls riverwalk project, Grains of Wrath Brewing or Boyd’s Coffee, wonder no more.

Falls forward

Last fall, public partners and the owner of the former Blue Heron paper mill in Oregon City butted heads over how a proposed scenic riverwalk should proceed near Willamette Falls.

At the time, the partners behind the Willamette Falls Legacy Project said George Heidgerken, a developer from Tacoma, Wash., was refusing to sign required permit applications and make agreed-upon payments. Heidgerken said he felt the partners were trying to take over the entire project and make it more park-like and less focused on economic redevelopment.

Now, after months of behind-the-scenes negotiating, Heidgerken has signed the permit applications and "expressed intent" to make the required payments by the end of April, according to Carrie Belding, director of communications for WFLP.

The partners will wait until they receive the payments to move forward, but Belding said "we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to submit permit applications this spring."

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The final design concepts for a riverwalk along the Willamette River in Oregon City were unveiled today. The project is expected to break ground next year and wrap up in 2022, restoring public access to Willamette Falls for the first time in 150 years.

Bye-bye, Boyd’s

When Farmer Brothers acquired Portland’s 117-year-old Boyd Coffee Company last year for roughly $58.6 million, the Texas coffee giant said it expected to consolidate Boyd’s production volume into existing Farmer facilities, but it was unclear how many of Boyd’s 280 workers might be impacted.

Now, that’s coming into clearer focus. Last week, Boyd’s filed a warn notice with the state alerting that it would be laying off four Portland employees; four others in Eugene were also given notice. That’s likely the first of many more to come, according to Ann Nordquist, vice president of human resources for Boyd’s, who responded via email to a Business Journal inquiry.

"There will be more layoffs and the Portland facility will close by 10/1/18," she said. More details on Boyd’s eventual closure will be available from the Business Journal later this week.

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Boyd’s Coffee’s days in Portland are numbered.

Open for beer business

When we originally talked to brewer Mike Hunsaker about his post-Fat Head’s plans for Grains of Wrath Brewing just over a year ago, he was hoping he and his partners would have the brewery up and running in Camas, Washington, by last summer.

As can happen though, those plans got pushed back a bit, but as of earlier this month, the brewery has been cranking out its own signature brews and serving up the masses in Camas.

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Mike Hunsaker is opening Grains of Wrath Brewing inside a former 1930s-era auto repair shop in Camas, Wash. A Chicago native, Hunsaker came to Portland when his former employer, Cleveland-based Fat Head’s Brewing, opened a location in the Pearl District. To his surprise, Hunsaker said he was… more

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