Portland’s 5th Avenue Building reopens

66-year-old 10-story building closed since April 11

The cracked and buckling facade of a building is visible at the lower middle wall of a building after its' occupants were evacuated in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Downtown Portland’s 5th Avenue Building, closed since April 11 when the facade buckled, re-opened on Wednesday

Kelly Brewster, the Vice President of Operation with Melvin Mark Companies — which owns the 66-year-old building — told KOIN 6 News the building will re-open whenever the businesses choose to open.

One of the businesses, 24 Hour Fitness, opened at 5 a.m., Brewster said.

Building managers and engineers are still working on what caused the facade to buckle, which prompted an evacuation of all the businesses and tenants inside, including eBay, OHSU and a KinderCare.

Colleen Moran, the communications supervisor for KinderCare, told KOIN 6 News they are “excited to welcome families back to our downtown KinderCare center this Thursday morning.”

She added they’re “proud of our downtown center teachers for how they reacted the day of the evacuation and for how hard they, and the teachers at our other Portland-area centers, worked these past two weeks to make each and every one of our downtown children and families feel at home at their temporary center.”

Scaffolding was ordered to surround the building before it could re-open. Brewster said there are stabilizing tables placed across the damaged section, and work will continue on that for a few more days before the siding is removed.

Ross Caron with Portland’s Bureau of Development Services told KOIN 6 News the city hasn’t yet received the structural engineer report from the Melvin Mark Companies. Once everything is reviewed and approved the repair the facade the scaffolding can come down, Caron said.

The afternoon of the scare, Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman said there is no structural damage to the building, adding that there is no imminent risk of collapse.

Coffee and donuts will be provided to businesses and tenants as they return, Brewster said.