Will new apartments displace Cartopia?

Perierra Creperie, a food cart at SE 12th and Hawthorne in Portland, May 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Perierra Creperie, a food cart at SE 12th and Hawthorne in Portland, May 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Sarah Carlisle is the manager of Perierra Creperie, a food cart that popped up six years ago on what was an empty lot at SE 12th and Hawthorne.

The food cart pod, Cartopia, has other carts such as Whiffies Fried Pies and Potato Champion.

Cartopia was the first food cart to stay open late, and diners routinely are eating at 3 a.m.

But a developer wants to put a four-story apartment building in the place where seven food carts operate. The building would house 30 apartments with no onsite parking.

Dustin Knox, the owner of the Creperie, said if the property owners sell it would take away more than simply business.

Perierra Creperie would be just one of Cartopia's food trucks to be affected by the lot closure. (KOIN 6)
Perierra Creperie would be just one of Cartopia’s food trucks to be affected by the lot closure. (KOIN 6)

This housing-replacing-food-carts is happening in other spots of the city.

There’s good eating at the food pods on North Killingsworth — South American food, barbecue, pizza, sandwiches. Many feel the tables and chairs at the pods give the neighborhood a sense of community.

But a new condominium complex near the intersection of Killingsworth and Greeley has neighbors concerned.

Cart owners at Cartopia said if the deal goes through they will move their business elsewhere. For now, the carts are very much in business and will be through the summer.

Their current leases run through October.

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